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30 House Church Alliance Leaders Detained in North China, Facing Administrative Detention

Posted by Author on January 10, 2010


ChinaAid, January 9, 2009 –

HEBEI–In the afternoon of January 8, 2010, (Beijing Time) 30 leaders of the Chinese House Church Alliance (CHCA) were detained in Handan city, Hebei province. According to one detained pastor, who was able to use his cellphone briefly to notify an outside contact, a group of officers from the Handan City Public Security and Religious Affairs Bureaus broke into their leaders’ meeting place where the 30 men and women were having a bible study, and forcefully took them to an unknown interrogation center within the city.

The 30 detained leaders include Pastor Li Cuixiang, from the Handan area, and Elder Wu Jianghe, from Beijing. The informing pastor reported that the PSB were threatening some of the detained pastors with 15 days of administrative detention. Immediately after relating the situation of the 30 pastors to the outside contact, the call abruptly cut off. ChinaAid and sources believe the pastor’s cell phone was confiscated, as it could not be reached later on. President of the CHCA Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan calls upon the Handan government to release the church leaders immediately……. (more details from ChinaAid)

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14 Chinese Christians Detained and Interrogated in Xinjiang, Northwest China

Posted by Author on January 8, 2010


ChinaAid, January 8, 2009 –

XINJIANG— At 5:00 PM, (Beijing time) officers from the Public Security military office Nong Wu Shi in the Aksu Region raided the home of a Han Chinese house church Christian, disrupting the worship gathering and seizing 14 believers. The Han Chinese Christians were escorted by the police to the local Aksu police station, where they were detained for over 12 hours. They each faced interrogation for allegedly conducting an “illegal religious gathering.”

In the morning of January 8th (Beijing time), 11 of the 14 detained Christians were released, leaving house church leaders Yang Tianlu, He Sujin, and Sujin’s son, He Guangyuan, in detention. Yang Tianlu had been previously arrested, tortured, and interrogated along with 30 other house church leaders in Xinjiang for meeting with four American missionaries two years ago, in April, 2007……. (more details from China Aid)

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Christmas of Fear– 10 Local Christian Leaders Were Jailed, Church Shut Down, in North China

Posted by Author on December 25, 2009


By Robert Saiget, AFP-

LINFEN, China — Christians in north China are facing a Christmas of fear after 10 local religious leaders were jailed in recent weeks and their new church shut down amid a crackdown on unauthorised worship.

Five of the church leaders were given prison terms of up to seven-years by a Linfen court, while the others were sentenced without trial to labour camps for two years, their lawyer said.

Their crimes? “Illegally occupying farm land” and “disturbing transportation through a mass gathering”.

“The authorities are clearly sending a message to the Christians,” lawyer Li Fanping, who defended the church leaders at their trial last month, told AFP. He expressed shock at the severity of the punishment for minor offences.

“They’ve convicted them of these specific crimes. As Christmas is coming, a lot of Christians will want to gather to worship, but the authorities have made it clear what can happen if they gather.”

China officially allows freedom of religion, but in practice, the ruling Communist Party restricts independent worship by forcing groups to register with the government.

About 15 million Protestants and five million Catholics worship at official churches, according to official data.

But more than 50 million others are believed to pray at “underground” or “house” churches, which refuse to submit to government regulation.

At the heart of the Linfen case is the giant Golden Lamp Church, built by Yang Rongli and her husband Pastor Wang Xiaoguang through donations.

The church is capable of accommodating thousands of worshippers at a time and could serve the religious needs of many of the up to 60,000 Christians in the area.

Bob Fu, head of the US-based Christian rights group ChinaAid, said the church was leading a nationwide Christian revival through its evangelical work and social services which had brought it to the brink of official legitimacy.

“Local officials at the village level have been tolerating and even helping the Linfen church,” he said, when asked how the leaders had been able to build the towering structure.

But it appears that more senior religious authorities began getting nervous at the size of the unregistered church, and feared its ability to organise ordinary people into what could become mass anti-government movements, Fu said.

The completion of the building in December 2008 sparked a crackdown on unregistered churches, with police in mid-September raiding numerous places of worship throughout Linfen linked to the Golden Lamp, locals said.

The worst clampdown appeared to be in nearby Fushan county, where up to 400 police and hired thugs levelled a makeshift church in a farming community, attacking worshippers and seriously injuring several people, they said.

“None of the followers fought back, they just silently protested the action by the authorities and took the beatings,” one Christian told AFP by phone, asking to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the case.

“Right now it is too dangerous to meet outsiders — the police are watching us and the phones are not safe to use,” said the man, who is related to one of people who was jailed.

Other church followers refused AFP requests for interviews out of fear of retribution by police……. (more details from AFP)

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Shanghai Church Banned by State Agencies

Posted by Author on November 4, 2009


China Aid, Nov. 4, 2009-

SHANGHAI— On November 2, more than 30 officials from Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau, the State Administration on Religious Affairs (SARA) and two other government agencies forced entry into the Wanbang Missionary Church of Shanghai. They singled out Cui Quan, the senior pastor of the church, and the leaders from the different agencies interrogated him one by one. They accused the church of holding an illegal gathering and ordered the members to cease their meetings indefinitely. Meanwhile, Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau police stations around the city conducted interrogated other major church partners affiliated with Wanbang Missionary Church. They police officers unanimously concluded that the church was meeting illegally, and they subsequently threatened the church leaders, banning the church, and forbidding them from meeting in the future.

Wanbang Missionary Church came under fire by the local authorities earlier this year, when SARA officials tried to disband the 4th Seminar of the Chinese Urban House Church Pastors Fellowship, hosted by the church in February. Under the threat of cancellation, Wanbang Church moved their conference to another location, and later discovered their landlord was being pressured to terminate their rental contract withing the following 30 days. View the Press Release from February 14, 2009.

Wanbang Missionary Church of Shanghai has a congregation of about 1,200 and is one of the most influential urban house churches in China.  The brazen persecution of the church by the government is a sign that the government’s persecution of house churches is escalating.

China Aid

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The Oppression of Church Continues in Central China

Posted by Author on October 8, 2009


China Aid, October 7, 2009 –

SHANXI— Huozhou City officials met on October 3rd to discuss results of the emergency meeting held on September 28th, where officials assembled to determine whether Linfen Fushan Church would be charged as an “evil cult.” Citing the need to preserve stability in the province, local officials had seized Linfen-Fushan Church’s Senior Pastor Wang Xiaoguang, his wife Yang Rongli, and more than ten co-leaders on September 25 for attempting to petition Beijing, and have since continued to hold them in detention. Three days after the arrests, the Fushan Government held the emergency meeting to determine whether the Linfen-Church violated Chinese laws on religion, which explicitly ban “evil cults.”

On October 3rd, the Religious Affairs Bureau of Huozhou (RAB) deemed the 50,000 member church to legitimate, but the government reported they would no longer tolerate the “gross violations and law-breaking actions” of Pastor Wang Xiaoguang and his wife Yang Rongli over the past ten years. The RAB reportedly listed these violations, but no legal record of these abuses have been issued or confirmed. According to an inside source, the officials expressed satisfaction that the ten church leaders were being held in their “rightful place” in administrative detention, and the government resolved that the situation must be fully “dealt with” in the upcoming weeks……. (more detals from China Aid)

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Pastor Bike Forced to Vacate Home for China’s National Celebration

Posted by Author on September 25, 2009


ChinaAid, September 25, 2009 –

BEIJING— Beijing PSB and Religious Affairs officers continue to crack down on house churches as the Oct. 1 National Day celebrations approach. Four authorities “escorted” Pastor Zhang Mingxuan (Pastor Bike) and his wife from his home on a “forced vacation” at 9:30 AM Wednesday morning, September 23. Concerned with suppressing any negative reports on the communist party during the festivities, the officials reportedly detained Pastor Bike in order to “preserve stability in the province.”

Pastor Bike was warned not to speak or communicate with anyone, especially with foreign media, for fear of jeopardizing the operation and raising awareness of his removal. He was taken to an undisclosed location in the mountainous area of Henan, and will allegedly be held there until after October 1st.

On the morning of September 24, President of ChinaAid Bob Fu spoke with him secretly on his cell phone, the sound of the guards playing cards loudly in the background masking their soft speech. Pastor Bike confirmed the incident, and informed Bob that the Beijing PSB officials had placed them under house arrest and were supervising all movements. …… (more from ChinaAid)

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Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Aiding North Korean Refugees

Posted by Author on September 1, 2009


ChinaAid, September 1, 2009 –

INNER MONGOLIA–Christians Li Mingshun and Zhang Yonghu were indicted by the Erlianhaote City People’s Procuratorate on July 31, 2009, for aiding North Korean refugees fleeing to South Korea through China. Li and Zhang were among several Christians helping to provide food, shelter, and transportation for the 61 refugees crossing Northern Chinese provinces into Mongolia, where neutral state laws permit residents to seek asylum in South Korea.

Alerted as the refugees crossed into Mongolia, the Border Brigade of Erlianhaote city traveled to Qindao, Heilongjiang province, and arrested Li Mingshun on April 29, 2009 [View Notice of Arrest]. The trial was held August 17, 2009 in the Erlianhaote City People’s Court. Human rights lawyers defending Li and Zhang hoped to raise awareness concerning the Chinese government’s treatment of North Korean refugees through this case. View earlier press release on Li and Zhang, 7/5/2009, and the English Translation of the Letter of Indictment, 7/31/2009.

On August 30, 2009, Ms. Li was found guilty for her humanitarian work by the Erlianhaote Procuratorate, officially for “human smuggling across the border.” She was sentenced to ten years in prison. Ms. Li’s family in Qindao City received the verdict the morning of August 30. Mr. Zhang received a seven-year sentence for organizing transportation for the refugees to Inner Mongolia. Li’s family reports they will be submitting an appeal for Li and Zhang’s lawful release. (Read more details and See the Official Sentence for Li and Zhang from ChinaAid website)

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18 China House Church Members Detained

Posted by Author on May 8, 2009


By Zhang Yuwen, Voice of America,  Via The Epochtimes, May 8, 2009 –

Eighteen House Church members from Henan Province in Central China were detained by local police last week when they gathered for a meeting. Sixteen of them remain in detention.

It was the first time that members of the House Church in the village had been arrested collectively. The China Aid Association (CAA) called on Chinese authorities to immediately release these detained Christians.

The CAA reported that when the Huafu Church members in Taizi Village, Xinye County, Henan Province, gathered on April 30, local police conducted a raid. Eighteen people were brought to the local police station where they were forced to pay a fine of 1,000 yuan (approximately $146.56). The arrests occurred over a week ago.

One church member, identified as Li Le, said that the authorities had not given any reason for  the detentions nor had they processed the detentions yet.

Li said the local police have released only two elder members who were in poor health.. Several family members of the detained Christians asked Li to lead them to the police station so they could ask for the release of their family members.

A Voice of America reporter called the Xinye police but the police hung up immediately when they realized the call was from a reporter. The cell phone of the police leader was also turned off. A staff person at the Xinye Detention Center simply said he did not have a clear understanding of the matter.

Li  reported that they are often harassed by the police and anti-riot forces when they meet together. In the past they had been arrested individually. This was the first time  the church members had been arrested collectively.

Zhang Mingxuan, chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, said that the Chinese authorities had not loosened their suppression of House Church members after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympics.

“The education level of police in many remote areas is poor. They have been told  Christians are a radical force and lawless. They don’t understand us, so they continue to suppress us. It happens frequently in Henan and Sichuan Provinces and in other places as well.” Zhang said.

CAA published a statement asking members to contact Xinye police to ask for the immediate release of the 16 Christians.

The Epochtimes

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51 Christians Detained in Northwest China

Posted by Author on January 5, 2009


ChinaAid, Jan 05 2009-

XINJIANG – At 1 p.m. local time on January 2, 2009, a house church in Shayibake District of Urimuqi city, Xinjiang Autonomous Region was raided by a number of Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers. Fifty-one Christians were detained for questioning, with forty-eight released later that day.

Authorities held three church leaders, Ms. Zhou Li, Ms. Zhu Jinfeng and Mr. Yang Miaofa, an extended time in PSB custody. Mr. Yang Miaofa was released after paying 500 yuan fine. Ms. Zhu Jinfeng suffered a longer detention before her eventual release. Ms. Zhou Li was sentenced to 10 days administrative detention. She is currently separated from her son who is almost two years old.

– Original: 51 Christians Detained in Xinjiang, One Young Mother Sentenced, from ChinaAid

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Chinese arts world-tour show ‘top notch’, says founder of Christian rights group

Posted by Author on January 4, 2009


By Ji Yuan, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 3, 2009 –

LOS ANGELES— Pastor Fu, founder of the China Aid Association, a non-profit Christian organization in the United States to serve the persecuted church and advance religious freedom in China, attended the third Divine Performing Arts (DPA) International Company’s show in Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

After watching the show, he said, “[The way] Divine Performing Arts … is awakening people to learn the truth through arts is very good; once people have faith to God, society can truly make progress.”

Pastor Fu said that he came to watch the performance with recommendation from his friends while he was visiting Los Angeles with his family. He said, “[I am] very glad to see the DPA show on the first day of the New Year; the music and dances are top notch and refreshing.”

As the founder of the China Aid Association, Pastor Fu has long been striving to safeguard human rights and religious freedom of the people in China. He is a prominent pastor and human rights advocate.

Helping people learn the truth through arts

Pastor Fu said that Falun Gong practitioners have been brutally persecuted in China, but many people are not aware of this. “Divine Performing Arts awakens people with art and helps them learn the facts,” he said. For instance, the performance Heaven Awaits Us Despite Persecution reveals the persecution and “helps people to learn the facts in the form of stage play.”

He said that in China, not only Falun Gong practitioners are severely persecuted, but the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brutally persecutes other religious believers as well, particularly independent religious adherents.

CCP is strongly atheistic

Pastor Fu said that the CCP is strongly atheistic. The so-called five largest patriotic religions in China have actively accepted and followed the lead of the CCP and its brainwashing propaganda.

About the persecution, he said: “We should unite, work for the religious freedom of the entire 1.3 billion Chinese.”

“The sufferings that Falun Gong practitioners have been through in China and their history of the efforts to fight against [the persecution] have become a very important part of the efforts that will make religious freedom come true in China.

“An atheist government will be doing things as they wish and [drive everything] out of control. Therefore, corruption will increase, and the situation will become hopeless.”

Pastor Fu also said that once morality slides and corruption prevails, no doctrines or new ideas would be able to help human beings if they don’t believe in God.

“If humans do not want to be controlled by God, human beings will not be able to save themselves,” he said.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Divine Performing Arts.

– Source: Founder of the China Aid Association: ‘The music and dances are top notch’ , by the Epochtimes

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China intensifies crackdown on House Churches before Christmas

Posted by Author on December 25, 2008


By Daniel Tang, Sound of Hope Radio, December 24th, 2008 –

With Christmas just around the corner, Chinese Communist officials have pointed their spears at China’s House Churches, with the organiser of the China House Churches Federation, Pastor Zhang Mingxun being abducted on Sunday in Inner Mongolia. Also, gatherings at the Liang-Ren Church in Guangzhou were interrupted by dozens of officials sent by local authorities on Monday.

Rights organisation China Aid reports that Pastor Zhang was arrested by national security officers while he was at the Wulanhaote city of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to conduct a sermon. Pastor Zhang’s current whereabouts is still unknown.

Reporters tried contacting Zhang’s wife, she said her husband has been out of contact since Sunday morning, and suspects he was taken from his car by officials.

On November 28, Pastor Zhang was abducted and taken to the Nanyang Trade Union building. He says over 20 officials claiming to be from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Henan Department of Civil Affairs, the Bureau of Public Security and the Ministry of Religious Affairs made a decision to ban China’s House Churches Federation.

Pastor Wang Dao says his church has already filed a statement of claims to the local People’s Court, and if they follow normal procedures, the court should give a reply before Thursday. He says that if the court rejects the matter, they will appeal, and if all else fails, they will make recommendations to the National People’s Congress to change the constitution.

Sound of Hope Radio: Chinese Communist regime intensifies crackdown on House Churches

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House Church pastor put to Labor Camp as “evil cult” leader in Central China

Posted by Author on November 26, 2008


HENAN – ChinaAid learned a house church leader in Henan province, Pastor Zhu Baoguo, was sentenced to one year of “re-education through labor,” accused of being an “evil cult” leader……. (more details from The China Aid)

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Prominent China House Church Leader Released After International Outcry

Posted by Author on November 10, 2008


ChinaAid, November 6, 2008-

BEIJING – Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, his wife and his wife’s sister were declared “free” by government officials on October 27, 2008 at 1 p.m. in Nanyang, Henan province as a direct result of international outcry on their behalf. It is believed that the three were being held to prevent them from attending the third anniversary of the Chinese House Church Alliance which was held in Beijing on October 20. Pastor Bike, President of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was one of approximately 300 delegates invited to attend the celebration. Because of police harassment, only about 100 of the delegates made it to Beijing for the event.

Pastor Bike was first detained on October 16, after his sons, Zhang Jian and Zhang Chuang, were beaten by police and his wife was evicted from their apartment. The Public Security Bureau (PSB) sent out two separate groups to arrest the family. One group of PSB officers picked up Pastor Bike at the Kunming Airport. Another group arrested his wife and his wife’s sister in Beijing and took them to Nanyang city, Henan province. Pastor Bike was detained in the PSB office of Shilin city, Yunnan province with about 15 PSB officers watching and questioning him in turn. On October 23, Pastor Bike was transported by police car to Nanyang city by two PSB officers from the PSB of Nanyang city. He and his wife along his wife’s sister were detained at Wenquan Hotel in Nanyang city until October 27 when they were all declared “free”……. (more details from ChinaAid)

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China’s Persecution of Christians Intensifies After Olympics

Posted by Author on November 3, 2008


China Aid, October 29, 2008-

CHINA – Since the end of the Olympic Games, ChinaAid has received reports of intensified religious persecution from across China.

– In Beijing, Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan and his family members have been evicted from their home, beaten and arrested.

– In Heilongjiang province, one city called Yichuan recently banned all of the house churches.

– In Yunnan province, some house church members were attacked right after the Olympics.

– In Shandong province, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor, and after the Olympics his appeal was denied. Pastor Zhang’s lawyer, Li Fangping, was refused permission to meet with him because authorities claim Pastor Zhang could endanger state security.

In another shocking new discovery, ChinaAid learned 29 house church leaders have been serving time in a labor camp and prisons in Henan province since July 9, 2007. They are accused of being “evil cult” members.

Among the 29 house church leaders, 21 are being held in No. 3 Prison of Henan province. One leader was released in September 2008. The other seven house church members belong to a house church group in Lingbao city that is part of the “Born Again Movement”. They were sentenced by the court as “evil cult” members on July 9, 2007. One leader was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, which is the harshest sentence against a house church leader in recent years besides Pastor Zhang Rongliang who was sentenced to seven and a half years in 2004 for allegedly “attempting to illegally cross the border and forgery of an official document”.

ChinaAid.org

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China: Son of Beijing Pastor Beaten by 15 police with iron bars for 25 minutes

Posted by Author on October 21, 2008


ChinaAid, October 16, 2008-

BEIJING – ChinaAid has learned that Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials while at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, in Beijing on October 16. Xie Fenglan testified that at about noon Beijing time, 15 Beijing PSB officers entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating Zhang Jian with iron bars for 25 minutes. As Zhang Jian lay bleeding profusely, his mother called an ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch any ambulance to rescue her son because he is related to Pastor Bike Zhang. Zhang Jian’s mother then called her younger son, Zhang Chuang, who rushed to the house where he was also beaten by the same authorities. After some time, a personal friend of the Zhang family was able to take Zhang Jian to the Beijing Min Hang (Aviation) Hospital emergency room where Zhang Jian remains now. His doctor said Zhang Jian’s right eye may lose sight forever because of the severe damage resulting from the repeated beating. Pastor Bike Zhang, who was traveling in Yunnan province at the time, is currently unable to be contacted. It is assumed that he has been detained by authorities.

Pastor Bike Zhang’s wife, Xie Fenglan, was kicked out of her legally rented apartment, located at Room 206-102 at the Beijing Olympic Garden apartments, after her elder son Zhang Jian was sent to the hospital. The family’s furniture was thrown into the street. Government authorities ordered all hotels in Beijing not host her so she is now residing at Dr. Fan Yafeng’s home. Dr. Fan, a house church leader in Beijing, is an internationally renowned Chinese Constitutional law scholar and rights defender.

ChinaAid strongly condemns the unjust and criminal actions of the Chinese government. The brutal and unprovoked assaults on innocent civilians are acts of desperation and cowardice of a regime that has continued to ignore basic human rights and freedoms despite outcries from the international community. These reprehensible acts by the Chinese government should serve as a reminder to the international community that the Communist Party of China is only interested in self-preservation and will gladly sacrifice its own citizens’ freedoms in order to maintain its corrupt power.

During the past 22 years, Pastor Bike and his family members have been arrested, beaten and evicted from their home numerous times because of their Christian faith, yet he and his family continue to serve the house church Christians in Beijing. ChinaAid is standing with the Zhang family and will continue to send out updates on their situation.

Contact Zhang Jian’s mother, Xie Fenglan, for an interview at +86-10-62547185.

Voice your concern for this incident by contacting:

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.,
Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760

Read Pastor Bike’s “Statement of Complaints and Charges” sent to government officials on October 7, 2008.

Issued by CAA, October 16, 2008

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House Church Files First Suit in China Against Government Religious Authority

Posted by Author on September 21, 2008


Human Rights in China, September 18, 2008-

In what is believed to be the first suit against a government religious authority in China, the chief organizer of the Qiuyu Blessings Church—a Christian house church in Chengdu city—is suing the Shuangliu County Bureau of People’s Religious Affairs for illegally shutting down a religious gathering held by the church on May 2, 2008.

“This is a test case about the extent of the religious freedom that the Chinese government says its people enjoy,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China. “We are encouraged that house church members are beginning to use the law as a tool to defend their rights. This is the only way toward building a civil society.”

On May 2, about 40 officials from the county religious authorities and the police interrupted the gathering held at a resort hotel in Shuangliu county that day, photographed and questioned worshippers, and told them they were “suspected of being involved in illegal religious practices.” They also confiscated bibles and religious educational material. A few days later, the church received an after-the-fact official order banning the gathering.

In July this year, representatives of the Qiuyu Church unsuccessfully challenged the ban. The Chengdu authorities affirmed the earlier decision, stating that “the facts were clear, the evidence was ample … the procedure was lawful.”

The complaint, filed by Wang Yi (王怡) on behalf of the church, charges that the raid was illegal because the raiding officers did not provide a legal basis for their action, and the subsequent unsigned order banning the event also failed to cite specifically what regulations were violated. Wang wants this order annulled.

Human Rights in China learned that when Wang Yi delivered the complaint to the Shuangliu County Court on Wednesday, September 16, the judge in charge of receiving complaints said the evidence Wang presented was insufficient to support the case. Wang returned the following day with more documentation, but the judge refused to issue a receipt for the complaint and the supporting documents, or a notification to accept the case. By law, a court has seven days to decide whether it accepts a case.

The right to freedom of religious belief and practice in China is guaranteed by both the PRC Constitution and the 2005 Regulations on Religious Affairs (Article 36 of the Constitution and Article 2 of the 2005 Regulations state that citizens of China “enjoy freedom of religion.”) However, the Chinese government allows public worship only in state-sanctioned churches controlled by government authorities. Those who want to practice their faith without official interference are permitted only to worship at home—in “house churches.” But the government often resorts to a provision in the 2005 Regulations that prohibits religious activities from taking place in “non-religious” locations in order to raid house churches and harass religious practitioners.

On August 10 this year, during the Beijing Olympics, Beijing house church activist Hua Huiqi (华惠棋) was abducted by State Security police while on his way to a service at a state-sanctioned church—a service to which the Chinese government had invited U.S. President George Bush. Hua escaped his captors and is still in hiding.

Wang said that he hopes this case will prompt other house churches in China to use legal procedures and the court to assert their right to freedom of religion. “Through this case, we hope to be able to pursue our freedom of religion without going to jail, and that the government will use rational and lawful means to deal with its conflicts with house churches,” Wang said.

– Original: Human Rights in China

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Editorial: China lies about religious freedom

Posted by Author on August 18, 2008


The Dallas News, US, Sunday, August 17, 2008-

Today in North Texas, hundreds of thousands of Christians will go to church. The police will not pull them over and take them into custody to prevent them from worshiping as they choose. This is America.

It’s different in China. As of this writing, Hua Huiqi is living underground somewhere in the country. Mr. Hua, a Beijing house church pastor who has endured intense harassment from the communist government, was arrested on his way to a Protestant service attended by visiting President Bush and Dallas Theological Seminary President Mark Bailey. The Chinese Christian activist escaped from his police guards and went into hiding.

After the worship service, Mr. Bush, who earlier angered the Chinese government by criticizing its human rights record, commendably stood on the church steps and rebuked authorities, saying, “No state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion.”

But fear it the communists do. As The Dallas Morning News’ Jim Landers reports, Christianity is booming in China, in part because the social and economic upheavals the billion-strong nation is living through are leaving many searching for deeper spiritual meaning.

The communist leadership, though, sees religion as a threat. Believers who worship in government-sanctioned churches are generally left alone. Christians and followers of other religions who refuse to accept the government yoke are considered outlaws.

According to the U.S. State Department’s 2007 Human Rights report, China is guilty of “serious human rights abuses,” including violent suppression of unauthorized religious practices. A 2006 United Nations investigation found widespread government torture in China, with particular abuse inflicted on house church worshipers, Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims and members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

The Chinese government insists that there is no religious persecution in China. It’s a lie, and, given the intense persecution of believers, it’s an especially wicked one. China has made phenomenal leaps forward in its development over the past two decades. That’s to be admired.

But China will not obtain, nor will it deserve, the respect it craves until citizens like Hua Huiqi can come out of the shadows.

– Original: The Dallas News

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China: Bibles carried by 4 Americans confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures’ in Airport

Posted by Author on August 18, 2008


China Aid Association, Inc. August 17, 2008-

Kunming, Yunnan province- CAA learned that four Americans are stuck at Kunming International Airport for carrying a large number of Chinese bibles today.

The four American Christians arrived at 3pm Beijing Time from the US via Thailand. Each carries about 75 to 80 Chinese version of the study bibles for Chinese pastors. The names of  the four are Mr. Pat Klein( 46 years old from the State of Wyoming), Mr. Forrest Higginbotham( 78 years old from the State of Indiana), Mr. Higginbotham’s grandson Mr. Stephen Constantinou(15 years old from the State of New Jeresy) and Mr. Steve Nichols( 60 years old from the State of New York).

According to Mr. Klein, each of them were fined for 400 US dollars for overweight luggages with the bibles. The Chinese customs officials told the four Americans that their all of their bibles are confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures.

“The Chinese leaders keep telling the world the Chinese people have religious freedom. To even prevent them from receiving bibles certainly contradicts that claim.”  Mr. Klein told CAA president Bob Fu over the phone.

Chinese authority only allows limited numbers of bibles available at offical sanctioned TSPM churches. Bibles are forbidden to be sold in any public bookstores while literatures of other religious faiths are available for sale for general public.

“I  appeal to the Chinese government to release those confiscated bibles to the four individuals who deeply care about the Chinese belivers,” said CAA president Rev. Bob Fu, “I urge the international Christian community to pray for the four courageous fellow brothers for their safety in China.”

TO Contact Mr. Pat Klein in China, please call his cellphone at +1-307-751-2714

Issued by CAA on August 17, 2008: Four Americans Stuck in China Airport for Carrying Chinese Bibles Today

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China and the Church

Posted by Author on August 13, 2008


FROM TODAY’S WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA, August 12, 2008-

President Bush attended church in Beijing on Sunday. He worshipped alongside Chinese Christians and sang “Amazing Grace.” But what happened outside the church says more about the state of the millions of Christians in China.

Earlier that morning, the pastor of an illegal underground Christian church, Hua Huiqi, was detained by police as he was biking to the service that Mr. Bush was to attend. His whereabouts are still unknown. Mr. Hua’s brother, who was briefly detained, said Mr. Hua only wanted to worship at the church where he was baptized.

China’s constitution ostensibly allows freedom of religion, but events like this show the real extent of this “freedom.” On the mainland, religion is tolerated only insofar as it is controlled by the state. The only legal churches are those run by the State Administration of Religious Affairs, a government bureau. Those who choose to attend “house” churches — roughly half of China’s Christians — face the prospect of harassment or detention. Dozens of Christians remain under arrest.

The same restrictions apply to other faiths, too. Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism are routinely “reeducated” by Chinese authorities and asked to denounce the Dalai Lama, whom they regard as their spiritual leader. The practice of Falun Gong, a religion loosely based on Chinese Qi Gong, is banned completely.

During the Olympics, Beijing has bent over backward to put a better face on its religious repression. Athletes have been provided with everything they might need to practice their faith. The Olympic Athletes’ Village has 10,000 Chinese-English Bibles, nearly one for every athlete. There are also worship rooms there for all major faiths, including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

China’s leaders are afraid of religion because they see it as a political threat. Citizens with faith and a moral compass are harder for the Communist Party to control. Mr. Bush gently rebuked China’s religious restrictions as he left the church. “God is universal, and God is love, and no state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion.”

– Original: The WALL STREET JOURNAL

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While Bush Visits Official Church in Beijing, Renowned House Church Pastor Arrested and Escaped

Posted by Author on August 11, 2008


China Aid Association, Inc. , Aug 10 2008-

(Beijing Church Reporter: Zhang Lujia.  August 10.)  Today, President Bush visited TSPM’s Kuanjie Church established by the government and attended a service.  As a result of this, Brother Hua Huiqi, renowned Christian social activist in Beijing, was arrested once again by the Chinese police.

At about 6 a.m. this morning Beijing time, brother Hua Huiqi and his 51-year-old brother Hua Huilin were illegally arrested by the Chinese police on their way to Kuanjie Church.  The two brothers were detained in the courtyard of Hong Kong New World Development Limited Company in the vicinity of Chongwen Gate of Beijing.  At about noon, Hua Huiqi took an opportunity and fled.  He is now at large.

Over 10 years ago, Hua Huiqi was baptized at Kuanjie Church.  Later, he began to worship in house churches.  As the Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in Beijing, Hua Huiqi’s movement came under the surveillance of the Chinese police in the past few months.  As a result, Brother Hua and his family had to go back to Kuanjie Church to attend the services.

As President Bush was to visit Kuanjie Church, Brother Hua Huiqi was prohibited by the police to go there for services.  However, Brother Hua thinks the police’s ban does not have a legal basis and is totally unreasonable.  So he decided to refuse to obey.

This morning, Brother Hua Huiqi successfully got rid of the police placed on his surveillance and met with his brother Hua Huilin.  Then, they rode bikes and were bound for Kuanjie Church.

At a place about 1.5 kilometers from the church, they were arrested by the police.

Ingenious arrangements are being made at TSPM’s Kuanjie Church established by the government to welcome the visit of US President Bush on August 10. High-ranking officials from the Public Security Bureau, Bureau of Security, Bureau of Religion and TSPM/China Christian Council met at Kuanjie Church established by the government and there, they made ingenious arrangements for the visit of US President Bush on August 10.

They won’t give the ordinary believers of the church a chance to meet President Bush or overseas media.  They will also drive the ordinary believers out of the church before and after President Bush’s visit. Informed sources have disclosed that a red slip of procedure for the worship ceremony is a mark for their identification.  The red slips have been distributed before noon today.

Most people President Bush and the overseas media will meet in the church are security people, political workers and people trained by them to pose as believers.

An old believer who was baptized at Kuanjie Church nearly 20 years ago complained: “Whether you are a believer or not, no one is allowed to enter the church.  When President Bush comes tomorrow, where can we do our Sunday service?”  Another believer who lives nearby Kuanjie Church joked: “President Bush is coming to preach the Gospel to those who don’t believe in the Lord (referring to those police officers and officials).  We are already believers, so we certainly don’t have to come here tomorrow.”

– Original: President Bush Visited Officially Staged Church Service; House Church Pastor Hua Huiqi Arrested and Escaped from Police Custody

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Bush is paving the way for China to further clamp down on religious freedom, says leading rights activist

Posted by Author on August 9, 2008


AFP, Aug. 8, 2008-

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush was denounced Friday by a leading rights activist for planning to attend service at a Chinese state controlled church while in Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games.

“President Bush is paving the way for the Chinese authorities to further clamp down on religious freedom instead of fostering it as he claims,” T. Kumar, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific advocacy director in Washington, said during human rights protests outside the Chinese embassy.

“By going to pray at the church, President Bush is endorsing Chinese state control of religion which will stifle the growth of independent religious groups in China.”

He said Bush’s visit to state controlled Beijing Kuanjie Protestant Christian Church was akin to endorsing other Chinese religious controls, including Beijing’s own choice of successor to Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lamai’s anointed successor, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, disappeared in 1995 and is believed to be held under house arrest by Chinese authorities, who enthroned their choice in his place in defiance of long-held Tibetan tradition.

Bush, a devout Christian, is expected to make a statement on religious freedom after attending church Sunday, his aides have said.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged Bush to seek the release of the more than 30 “underground” Catholic Bishops and priests, and meet with leaders of an unregistered group or congregation.

Almost 700 Protestant religious leaders who have not or cannot gain government registration have been detained in the past year.

Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns who peacefully protested against Chinese government rights violations, including the freedom of religion, in the spring remain in detention or are missing and unaccounted for, the commission said.

Local adherents and supporters of China’s banned Falun Gong spiritual sect held a candlelight vigil in front of Chinese Embassy in Washington Thursday to protest what they claim to be “mass arrests throughout China.”

The Falun Gong reported at least 8,037 arrests since December 2007, of which some it said were sent to “reeducation labor camps” for more than two years.

Friday’s protests were coordinated by global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, whose representatives taped their mouth and tied their wrists to underscore lack of press freedom and Internet censorship in China.

“We call for the release of Chinese journalists and human rights activists who have been imprisoned, and for the end of harassment of those who have been placed under surveillance or forced to leave Beijing,” said Elisa Bermudez of Reporters with Borders.

Foreign journalists in China face a host of restrictions, ranging from harassment to a censored Internet.

– AFP: Bush denounced for upcoming church visit in China

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China Christian Leader Forced to Live on Streets For Meeting With Westerners

Posted by Author on July 25, 2008


China Aid Association, Inc. Jul 18 2008-

Beijing- CAA has learned that on July 6, 2008 Pastor Bike Zhang , chairman of the Federation House Church and his wife, Xie Fenglan, were forced to leave their home in Chaoyang District by Beijing PSB officials.

The couple was able to find shelter in the home of a friend, Niu Bei until officials again found the home and forced the Zhangs to leave.

Zhang and his wife were forced to move into a hotel in Guo Xian town, Tongzhou District, and were allowed extended residence by the owner. At 16:00 on July 14 Tongzhou PSB officials threatened the owner of the hotel to evict the couple or face incarceration.

The couple then decided to find residence in Changping, but were stopped by police officials while on their way and taken to the Town Government office.

Police proceeded to interrogate the couple rotating them on a one on one basis without food, drink, or rest. At 6:00am Xie Fenglan collapsed due to the stress of the torture but was not taken to the hospital until 11:00am.

The couple was released from the government office and stopped at a local hotel on their way out of town. While local police officials again drove the couple out of the hotel and forced them to leave.

After a short while of living in Tongzhou, the couple were again accosted by local police and forced to move. Zhang begged the PSB officials to allow his sick wife to stay in the location and rest overnight. The officials rejected this plea and forced Zhang to send his wife to her sister’s residence in Sanhe, Hebei for recovery, while Zhang found residence in a local hotel.

On July 16th, while going out to buy medicine for his wife, local police officials followed Zhang and forced his wife to move out from her sister’s home.

Both Zhang and his wife are now forced to live on the streets and are not able to find shelter. When asked why the couple was being expelled from Beijing, officials responded, “Because Bike Zhang met the Americans, and destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic Games.”

This egregious treatment of one of China’s most respected and well-loved house church leaders is a shocking and outright violation of basic human rights and rule of law. The Chinese Government has shown neither remorse nor discretion in violating UN and international mandates to grant citizens basic human liberties such as shelter and protection. The acts against Pastor Bike Zhang and his wife are unjust and unlawful. This type of behavior exhibited by the CPC is reflective of a dictatorship with no regard for the wellbeing of its citizens and not a world leader worthy of the honor of hosting the Olympic Games. We urge the international community and those concerned to voice their objection of these acts to the Chinese Government.

To voice your concern, please contact:
Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760
Attn: Chinese Ambassador to the US, Mr. Zhou Wenzhong

Issued by CAA, July 18, 2008

– Original report: President of Chinese House Church Alliance Forced to Live on Streets

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Christian in China: Life on the edge (1)

Posted by Author on June 25, 2008


Under threat of arrest, Christian activists in China battle boldly for the freedom to practice their beliefs unfettered by the government.

By Evan Osnos, Tribune correspondent, Chicago Tribune, U.S, Jun. 24, 2008-

JINAN, China – At a highway rest stop just after dawn, Rev. Zhang Mingxuan answered his cell phone and resumed looking for trouble.

“Did you contact the lawyer I mentioned?” Zhang asked the caller, a rural church leader under pressure from his local government. “He will help you.”

The caller was another addition to Zhang’s unprecedented experiment: an alliance of Chinese church leaders, worshipers and public-interest lawyers who share the goal of winning greater rights and recognition for their faith.

With China in the throes of a religious awakening, Christian clerics and worshipers have emerged as an unexpected voice for reform and pluralism. From remote villages to elite universities, Christians form a diverse lobby that is rare in a nation split by class, opportunity and geography.

“Christianity has probably become China’s largest non-governmental organization,” said Li Fan, a leading reform advocate in Beijing who is not a Christian.

Their drive for reform has proved particularly persistent because many Christians consider themselves bound by an authority higher than the government, and their beliefs inspire them to demand greater rights of expression and organization.

“Only by uniting all [unofficial] churches can we preach to all 1.3 billion Chinese people,” said Zhang, a retired barber and grandfather.

Traveling by train and bus from church to church, he serves as a combination pastor-legal adviser. Such activism comes at no small risk. By his count, Zhang has been detained 14 times—most recently just last week.

As China’s Christian population has climbed to an estimated 70 million, a growing number of lawyers and scholars have converted to Christianity and turned their skills to the issue of religious freedom. They are teaming up with churches to challenge the government in court, suing for the rights they believe are guaranteed under China’s constitution.

They take inspiration from the American civil rights movement and the ideals symbolized by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And they hope that holding the country to account for its pledges of religious freedom will nudge China toward greater respect for its citizens’ other rights as well.

China’s Communist Party is wary of independent-minded movements. When the spiritual group Falun Gong agitated for greater recognition a decade ago, it was declared a cult. Its members have been routinely arrested ever since.

The Christian movement is unlikely to face the same fate. Christianity is permitted under China’s constitution, and the government has long supported a network of official Christian churches. But the future of activism is unclear for those who choose to worship outside the state system, in what the Chinese call “house churches.”

There is unmistakable new freedom to press for religious rights in court, but activists who push too far face arrest. The lines around what is legal are unclear because they hinge largely on how local bureaucrats interpret the nation’s laws on religion. Two churches of the same size and openness, for instance, might face very different fates, because one pastor has sought compromises with local authorities while another has rejected official intrusions.

The laws allow freedom of expression—and wide latitude to curb it.

“The country protects normal religious activities,” said Ma Yuhong, a senior official in charge of Christian affairs under the government’s State Administration for Religious Affairs. “On the other hand, you can’t make use of religion to interfere in the country’s administration.”

Clamping down on the drive for religious rights would not be easy. The government is confronting an uncertain new player: a vast movement for change in the name of God.

“I can accept your leadership,” said Li Jianqiang, a Christian lawyer in the eastern city of Qingdao. “But if you, the Communist Party, directly violate the laws of God, then Christians can only listen to the will of God. They cannot listen to your will.” (to be cont’d……)

– Original from The Chicago Tribune: Jesus in China: Life on the edge

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