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Pastor Bike Forced Out of Beijing by More Than a Dozen PSB Officers

Posted by radiofreechina on January 17, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

BEIJING, CHINA (ANS) More than a dozen Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers this morning (Jan.16), evening time in China, forcibly escorted Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan from Pastor Hua Huiqi’s home in Beijing and put him on a bus to Henan province. Authorities refuse to allow Pastor Bike and his family to stay in Beijing.

ChinaAid says this is the most recent in a series of actions against Pastor Bike by government authorities.

The human rights group says: “Pastor Bike called ChinaAid from the bus. He said he went Pastor Hua’s home to visit Pastor Hua’s father, Hua Zaichen, 91 who is dying. Hua Zaichen’s wife, Shuang Shuying, 79, is in prison and authorities refuse to allow her to see her husband. Pastor Bike was praying for Hua Zaichen when the government officials broke into the house.”

The group adds: “Pastor Bike also met two Uyghur Muslim human rights petitioners from Xinjiang province at Pastor Hua’s home. The two women were there to ask for Pastor Hua’s help about where they should go to petition the government. They said corrupt government officials confiscated their land. Pastor Bike told us he shared the gospel with them.”

ChinaAid thanks all who continue to be concerned for Pastor Bike and his family. Please watch www.ChinaAid.org for the latest updates.

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Peng Ming’s Health Deteriorating after More than Four Years in Prison

Posted by radiofreechina on January 15, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

HUBEI PROVINCE, CHINA (ANS) ChinaAid has received a letter from the family of Peng Ming expressing their sincere appreciation for the international support regarding Peng Ming’s case and an update on his condition.

According to ChinaAid, Peng Ming was kidnapped at gunpoint by eight Chinese special agents in May 2004, then taken to China where he was sentenced to life in prison in October 2005, charged with engaging in terrorism activities.

ChinaAid says he is in a heavily guarded prison cell in Han Yang where he suffers from serious medical conditions that have been ignored by prison officials.

The letter from Peng Ming’s family to ChinaAid, received on January 6, 2009, reads in part:

“On behalf of the entire family of Peng Ming, we would like to express our sincere appreciation of yours and your organization’s work on, and support of Peng Ming’s case. We appreciate your every effort on this matter.

“At the same time, we would like to give you an update on Peng Ming’s current health condition in the PRC prison. Peng Ming has multiple illnesses, of which the following three illnesses are what we are most concerned about:

“1. Life-threatening, late-stage kidney stones problem, resulting in blood in urine and ultimately poisonous to his body
2. Long-term heart condition worsened by the bad environment in prison (no heat in winter)
3. Severely painful arthritis condition in his ankles, causing him great difficulty in walking — lately he is just able to limp.

“We are extremely worried about Peng Ming’s health at this moment. We are most grateful for everything you have done for him, and we hope the support of the ChinaAid will result in some relief to Peng Ming in his difficult situation in the near future.”

The letter was signed on behalf of Peng Ming’s family: Peng Xing (sister), Peng Yan (sister), Peng HuiChang (father), Fan JinLan (mother), Dawen Peng (daughter), Andy Peng (son) and Lisa Peng (daughter).

ChinaAid says that since his imprisonment, Peng Ming has developed a severe case of kidney stones and has suffered a massive heart attack. He received no medical treatment from prison staff.

“These and other health issues are compounded by prison officials who continue to afflict Mr. Peng with sleep deprivation and malnourishment. To date, Peng Ming has been without proper medical attention for more than 4 years,” ChinaAid says.

The group says that in June of 2007, an urgent appeal was sent to Chinese officials from the United Nations Human Rights Council; Working Group for Arbitrary Detention. The Working Group established that Mr. Peng Ming is an official UN Refugee and would be granted permanent alien resident status from the USA.

An e-mail update on Peng’s condition says that,”Furthermore, the UN Council declared that the deprivation of his liberty is arbitrary and in direct contravention of articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that the government should take the necessary steps to remedy the situation of Mr. Peng Ming.

“In addition to the UN effort for this case, U.S. Congressional leaders and senior Bush administration officials have urged the Chinese government to release Peng Ming. Congressional leaders are deeply concerned for this case. Despite the efforts of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as efforts from members of the United States government, Mr. Peng remains in detention without medical assistance.”

ChinaAid along with its supporters urges the international community to pressure the Chinese government for the unconditional release of Peng Ming based on emergency medical need and fundamental humanitarian grounds. ChinaAid urges Christians around the world to pray for Peng Ming’s health conditions to improve.

Concerned Christians may write a letter of encouragement to Peng Ming in prison at:
No. 4 Prison Branch,
Hubei Provincial Han Yang Prison
Cai Dian District, Wuhan City
Hubei Province
CHINA

Click here http://chinaaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/peng-ming-prison-letter.pdf to download a printable letter you can send to Peng Ming in prison.

Contact Xiang Peng (sister of Peng Ming) at 510-962-0907 (Mandarin Chinese only).

For more information please visit:
www.ChinaAid.org
www.MonitorChina.org

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Hua Zaichen Dying, Request to See Imprisoned Wife Denied by Authorities

Posted by radiofreechina on January 15, 2009

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

BEIJING, CHINA (ANS) ChinaAid has revealed that Hua Zaichen, 91, is dying and requested a final meeting with his imprisoned wife, Shuang Shuying, 79, to say farewell, but prison officials refused his request.

Shuang Shuying and her husband, Hua Zaichen. (Photo: The Epoch Times)

“Authorities say Shuang Shuying is not allowed to leave the prison before February 8, 2009, the end of her two-year sentence,” said a spokesperson for ChinaAid (www.ChinaAid.org).  “However, officials stated that if her husband died before then, she would be allowed to see his body for 10 minutes and would have to be chained, handcuffed and shackled and wearing her prisoner uniform. She would be transported and monitored by Public Security Bureau officers.

ChinaAid says that Hua Zaichen and Shuang Shuying are Christians and have been persecuted for years by the Chinese government, because of their family’s work in caring for the poor and oppressed and allowing persecuted Christians to stay in their home. Shuang Shuying’s imprisonment, and the authorities’ refusal to allow her a visit with her dying husband, is the latest in a series of attempts to intimidate the family into stopping their Christian activities.

Shuang Shuying, was sentenced to two years in prison for “intentional damage of properties” in February 2007 while her son, Pastor Hua Huiqi, was in prison. She was walking to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) office to inquire about her son when a PSB car suddenly drove towards her. She held her cane protectively in front of herself, accidentally striking the vehicle. When she realized the officers were coming after her, she retreated into a government office. The police followed her, and in the scuffle her cane hit a machine in the lobby. The police charged her with “intentional damage of properties.”

The ChinaAid spokesperson explained, “She was sentenced to two years in prison where she remains today. She has has been ill most of her time in prison and has lost a significant amount of weight.

“Hua Zaichen hopes the international community will speak out and urges Chinese government officials to grant his request to allow him to see his wife before he dies.”

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Guangzhou House Church Pastor Wang Dao’s Case Against Persecution Accepted by Chinese Court

Posted by radiofreechina on January 2, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

VIRGINIA (ANS) A People’s Court in China has agreed to hear a Chinese House Church leader’s case against a government organization for its raid on his church in mid-December, 2008.

ChinaAid says that on December 25, 2008, Haizhu District People’s Court accepted the filing of Pastor Wang Dao’s lawsuit against the State Administration of Religious Affairs Bureau (SARA) in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province for raiding Liangren Church.

“This is an unprecedented move by the court to accept an administrative lawsuit filed by a house church pastor challenging the penalty decision by SARA,” says ChinaAid in a media advisory.

The ChinaAid media releases states that on the morning of December 14, 2008, Liangren Church was raided by more than 50 officials from SARA and the Public Security Bureau (PSB) during a Sunday service.

“Authorities issued a ‘Notice of Administrative Penalty’ charging Pastor Wang Dao with organizing an illegal gathering. Officials demanded that the household gatherings be stopped,” ChinaAid reports.

ChinaAid says that on December 18, Pastor Wang filed an administrative lawsuit against SARA, in Guangdong province, requesting the court to demand SARA to withdraw its Notice of Administrative Penalty.

In its report, ChinAid says the court accepted the filing and on December 25, the court sent a ‘Notification of Acceptance of Administrative Case’ to Pastor Wang.

“ChinaAid, as well as house church Christians across China, are watching to see how the court will respond in this case which could set a precedent for other cases of persecution,” the report stated.

Recommended Links:

Read SARA’s “Decision Statement of Administrative Penalty” against Pastor Wang Dao here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/12/31/notification-of-administrative-penalty-by-rab-of-haizhu-district-guangzhou-guangdong-against-liangren-church

Read Haizhu District People’s Court of Guangzhou’s “Notification of Acceptance of Administrative Case” here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/12/31/haizhu-district-people%E2%80%99s-court-of-guangzhou-notification-of-acceptance-of-administrative-case

Read the List of Submitted Pieces of Evidence (Plaintiff) here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/12/31/list-of-submitted-pieces-of-evidence-plaintiff-by-liangren-church-to-haizhu-district-peoples-court-of-guangzhou-guangdong
Read the Notification of Administrative Penalty sent to Pastor Wang Dao here: http://chinaaid.org/2008/12/31/notification-of-administrative-penalty-by-rab-of-haizhu-district-guangzhou-guangdong-against-liangren-church

Read Liangren House Church’s public statement on December 18 here:
http://chinaaid.org/2008/12/18/liangren-house-church-speaks-out-about-raid

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