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China Aid Association releases its annual persecution account for 06

Posted by radiofreechina on January 30, 2007

2006 Annual Persecution Report Released; Bob Fu Testifies Before US Commission on
International Religious Freedom

www.ChinaAid.org

Midland, Texas (January 30, 2007)

Today, China Aid Association releases its first annual persecution report of 2006.
CAA president Bob Fu is invited to testify before a hearing by US Commission on
International Religious Freedom (www.USCIRF.gov ) on the current religious freedom
condition in China. The hearing will be held at 1:30pm at Room 538 of Dirksen Senate
Office Building, Washington DC.

Click the following link to view the whole report
http://chinaaid.org/pdf/2006_persecution_e.pdf
According to the report, from January 2006 to December 2006, the Chinese government
continued its general crackdown on unregistered house churches, but the strategies
used have changed to some degree with the shifting domestic and international
situation.
Reported incidents of raids on house churches have decreased in 2006 as compared to
previous years. According to CAA sources alone, the government detained over 600
Christians in 2006. This figure is less than 2005 when more than 2000 arrests were
reported. This reflects the Public Security Officials new tactic of interrogating
church members during a raid rather than officially arresting them.. Most of the
reported detentions in 2006 were church leaders.

By comparison, the local officials closed and demolished more house churches in 2006
than 2005. Three house churches were demolished in Zhejiang province in 2006,
including the large ongoing building of a house church in Xiaoshan.

A new tendency was to target house church leaders with criminal accusations. Pastor
Cai Zhuohua, a house church pastor in Beijing, was convicted in November 2005 of
“illegal operation of a business” for printing and giving away Bibles without
government authorization. Two other house church pastors, Liu Yuhua and Wang
Zaiqing, were also reportedly detained and sentenced under the same accusation in
2006. Mr. Zhang Rongliang, a leader of the China for Christ house church network in
Henan province, was sentenced to prison for seven years and six months under the
charge of “illegally crossing the national border and fraudulently obtaining a
passport” in June 2006.

The Chinese government continues to maintain strict control over the
state-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), which leads the registered
Protestant church in China. For example, the local Religion Administrate Bureau
evicted Pastor Hu Qinghua, a pastor of a TSPM church in Pinglu, Shanxi, in June
2006.
The Chinese government also continues to restrict relationships of unregistered
Chinese Protestants with fellow believers abroad, in contravention of international
human rights standards. Meetings between house church leaders and overseas
Protestants visiting China to conduct theological or organizational trainings were
raided in Beijing, Henan province, Yunnan province, and Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous
Region (XUAR).
The province-by-province report shows that Zhejiang and Henan provinces, where the
Protestant House Church movement is particularly strong, had the worst persecution
against House churches in the past 12 months. 246 pastors and believers were
arrested in 9 raids from January 2006 to December 2006, 3 churches were destroyed,
10 were sentenced to imprisonment, and many of the arrested were abused while
detained. After the raid on March 13, 2006 in Wen County, two arrested Christian
ladies, ages 72 and 21 respectively, were forced to stripe off their cloths during
the interrogation. A disabled Pastor Li Gongshe was severely beaten breaking one of
his ribs.

“ Given the population the geographical size of China as well as the desire of
Public Security Officials to keep such arrests hided from the outside world it would
be impossible to measure the exact number that have occurred.” Said Bob Fu,
“Zhejiang and Henan province should be put on notice having the worst religious
persecution record. It is morally imperative for any conscientious foreign
investors in Henan and Zhejiang to address this serious issue.”

Communicate your concern to the Zhejiang and Henan province authority:

Governor of Zhejiang province: Liu Zushan
Administration by Law Office: Tel: +86-371-87053013 and +86-371-87052572
Fax number: +86-371-65711621
Emails: webadmin@cpmembers.org.cn and gufeng@cpmembers.org.cn
Governor of Henan Governor: Li Chengyu
Tel: +86-371-65908675 and +86-371-65907565
Fax number: +86-371-65711621
Emails: webadmin@cpmembers.org.cn and gufeng@cpmembers.org.cn

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