(Minghui.org) The first month of 2022 recorded 132 Falun Gong practitioners sentenced to prison for their faith, including 8 cases that took place in 2020, 88 cases in 2021 and 36 cases in 2022.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. Since then, countless practitioners have been arrested, detained, sentenced, and tortured for upholding their faith. But due to strict information censorship in China, the persecution cases can’t always be reported in a timely manner, nor is all the information readily available.

The newly-confirmed 132 sentencing cases are scattered across 20 provinces and municipalities. Beijing, the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, registered the highest number at 17 cases, followed by 16 in Guangdong Province and 14 in Heilongjiang Province. Liaoning (12), Jilin (11), Hebei (10) and Shandong (10) also had double-digit cases. The remaining regions had cases numbering between 8 and 1.