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Trial Date set for Imprisoned Christian Alimujiang Yimiti

Posted by radiofreechina on July 28, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

XINJIANG, CHINA (ANS) Alimujiang Yimiti is a Uyghur Christian prisoner who has been arbitrarily detained at Kashi Municipal Detention center since January 12, 2008, charged with “revealing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations.”

According to ChinaAid ( ) his trial date has been set for tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28).

Alimujiang Yimiti
(ChinaAid photo).

ChinaAid contacts say the reason for his imprisonment is his Christian faith and witness among the Uyghur people. The group says the international community is monitoring Alimujiang’s case closely.

In a media release, ChinaAid says that the UK government, the European Commission, the European Union, the UN, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing are closely involved in multilateral and bilateral human rights dialogues urging China to act according to international human rights laws that China has signed.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has investigated Alimujiang’s case, and issued Opinion No. 29/2008 on September 12, 2008, stating that Alimujiang Yimiti’s detention for more than one year is arbitrary and that the Chinese government should take the necessary steps to correct the situation.

ChinaAid says it has been in communication with those close to the case.

The group says that according to sources, Alimujiang’s wife Guli Nuer was notified on July 14 by the court in Kashgar that the trial for her husband would be held on the morning of July 28.

On July 23 (Beijing time) Guli Nuer and their two children traveled to Kashgar in order to attend the trial. However, authorities informed her that neither she nor Alimujiang’s mother will be allowed to attend the trial, which will be held at the Intermediate People’s Court of Kashgar.

ChinaAid says the only ones permitted to attend the trial are two attorneys who are representing Alimujiang Yimiti, Li Dunyong and Liang Xiaojun.

According to ChinaAid contacts, Guli Nuer was warned by the Xinjiang People’s Procuratorate (Gaoji Jiancha Yuan) in Urumqi that she should not have become involved advocating and speaking out about her husband’s case. Officials also told her that Alimjiang will not be released without charges.

ChinaAid president Bob Fu said: “Alimujiang is an innocent, law-abiding citizen. He has been a peacemaker between Han Chinese and Uyghurs. He has even been sending his children intentionally to study Mandarin in school, even though they are Uyghurs, in order encourage them to be peacemakers.

“The recent violent riots in Xinjiang have shown that there is a great need for stability in the region. The Chinese Christians, including the Uyghur Christians in Xinjiang, have never been involved in violent activities in Xinjiang. The Chinese government should show they are seeking stability by releasing Alimujiang Yimiti.”

ChinaAid also says that another Uyghur Christian, Mr. Wusiman Yiming is also in prison in Xinjiang. He was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor in September 2007 for “revealing state secrets” and “illegal proselytizing.”

Sources say that the real reason he was sentenced was because of his boldness as a Christian and a leader in the Uyghur church. Sources report that he has aged dramatically in the labor camp and his health is deteriorating due to harsh conditions.

Bob Fu stated: “We call upon the Chinese government to immediately release Alimujiang Yimiti and Wusiman Yiming, and bring justice to their illegal detentions which are in violation of both international law and China’s own criminal law code.”

Concerned believers are asked to contact the following Chinese government offices and the Chinese embassy to express your concern for Alimujiang Yimiti and Wusiman Yiming. The Xinjiang offices are generally open 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. — 6 p.m. local time in China.

Xinjiang Government Leadership Office Tel./Fax: +86- 991-280-3226
Xinjiang Government Law Management Office Tel./Fax: +86-991-235-6033

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 495-2000
Fax: (202) 588-9760

If you are a citizen of another country, please click below to find the contact information of the Chinese embassy in your own nation:  

Please contact:  with questions or requests for further information.

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Christian Attorney Zheng Enchong Interrogated and Tortured by PSB

Posted by radiofreechina on June 25, 2009

SHANGHAI, CHINA (ANS) A Christian human rights attorney has been interrogated and tortured for nine hours by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers because of his work defending Chinese citizens whose land has been confiscated by the government.


Zheng Enchong (ChinaAid photo)

According to ChinaAid (, during his detention on June 17, Zheng Enchong he was beaten, stripped and cigarettes were held to his lips and eyelids. Zheng Enchong has filed a written protest and plans to file a complaint to the central government.

A media release says that according to ChinaAid sources, Zheng Enchong was summoned by four officers from Zhabei District Branch of Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau on June 17.

The ChinaAid news release states: “During his detention, officers took turns slapping him five or six times in the face, and hitting him three times in the back of his head. Police also held lit cigarettes to his lips and eyelids. Later, the officers pulled him from the seat and took off all his clothing, except his underwear. Police threw his personal belongings, including: money, keys, pen, and a Bible and some cookies to the floor. Then the PSB officers proceeded to search his body.

“Authorities compiled a written record of the interrogation without interrogating Zheng at all, and, then, wanted him to sign it. Instead, he wrote down a statement on the record describing his violent treatment by the PSB. He denounced authorities for using the same method on him as they use on Falun Gong practitioners.”

ChinaAid says that Zheng has been summoned by officials nearly 20 times, and his house searched twice in the past two and a half months.

“In 2003, he filed a major legal case exposing how government officials conspired with Zhou Zhengyi, ‘the richest man in Shanghai,’ to illegally confiscate homes for demolition. Since that time, Zheng Enchong has been continually harassed and persecuted by Chinese officials. He was sentenced to three years in prison for ‘illegally providing secrets to overseas entities.’ The charge related to two faxes regarding workers’ protests that Zheng was accused of sending to Human Rights in China, a non-profit organization. Zheng has also been beaten by authorities four times, so badly that he now has difficulty walking.”

Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid and a friend of Mr. Zheng and his family, said: “As an internationally well-known Christian human rights lawyer, Attorney Zheng has always defended the poor and vulnerable. The repeated harassment and torture against such a conscientious rights defender demonstrates the Shanghai authorities’ total disregard to citizens’ basic human rights. We encourage the international community to continue to press the Chinese authorities to stop these hideous acts and to hold the abusers accountable.”

ChinaAid calls on the international community to contact the Chinese Ambassador and urge that the violence against Zheng Enchong end, and that the government respect and uphold human rights according to the Chinese Constitution and international agreements:

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 495-2000
Fax: (202) 588-9760

Please contact:  with questions or requests for further information.

Washington contact, Jenny McCloy, 202-213-0506,

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Chinese Bookstore Owner Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Posted by radiofreechina on June 14, 2009

Also fined nearly $22,000; “illegal business” printed Bibles for free distribution

By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (ANS) — A Beijing court recently found Christian bookstore owner Shi Weihan guilty of “illegal business operation” and sentenced him to three years in prison and a 150,000 yuan (US$21,975) fine.

According to a story by Compass Direct News, sources said Shi’s store operated legally and sold only books for which he had obtained government permission, and that his Holy Spirit Trading Co. printed Bibles and Christian literature without authorization but only for free distribution to local house churches.

Compass said Shi, 38, had been released on Jan. 4, 2008 due to insufficient evidence for the same vague charge of “illegal business operation,” but he was arrested again two month later, on March 19. Contrary to Chinese law, authorities have denied all but a few visits from his lawyer and family, held him without charges for most of his time in jail, and initially withheld medication for his diabetes.

Compass reported that the court ruling seems to have allowed time that Shi has spent in jail to count toward his sentence, a source said, as his prison term was described as running from Nov. 28, 2007, when he was initially arrested, to Nov. 27, 2010.

Others in a printing company who stood trial with Shi appeared to have received similar sentences. A written judgment is expected within 15 days to allow time for an appeal to be filed, said Ray Sharpe, a friend of Shi.

“Absent an appeal, it is also possible that Shi could be allowed a sort of medical parole, due to his diabetic condition,” Compass reported Sharpe said. “Hopefully, he could then be allowed to stay in a hospital under a sort of house arrest.”

He said that Shi did not yet know whether he would appeal, adding that the process could take up to a year.

Compass said friends and business acquaintances of Shi have described him as a model citizen of China, saying that he has inspired them to love China by his patriotism and love for his homeland. They said he is known for selfless sacrifice on behalf of poor and disenfranchised rural Christians and minority children.

For much of his incarceration, Compass said Shi’s wife Zhang Jing and their two daughters, 12-year-old Shi Jia and 8-year-old Shi En Mei, have not known where he was being held. The family has been under nearly continual surveillance, limiting their ability to make contact with people who could assist them.

Compass reported sources said Zhang has worried about her husband’s condition and that she has taken on leadership duties at their church, where Public Security Bureau officials have intimidated the congregation with regular visits. Some members have left the church because of the intimidation, sources said, and Zhang is said to have suffered anxiety and stress that have led to depression.

Their two daughters have been ostracized at school for being the children of a prisoner, sources said.

Sources told Compass that Shi has lost more than 44 pounds since his second incarceration, dropping to less than 130 pounds. They added that he has suffered from blisters because of unsanitary conditions in prison, as well as tinnitus that at times causes his ears to ring so loudly that he cannot sleep.

Compass reported Chinese officials claim that the Nanjing Amity Printing Co. (Amity Press), the only government-approved Bible publisher, produces enough Bibles to meet the needs of the Chinese church, which various religious freedom organizations dispute. The groups complain that Amity prints a large share of its Bibles for export, and those sold domestically are not available to many Christians.

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Video Launched to Expose Torture of Christian Attorney Gao Zhisheng

Posted by radiofreechina on May 20, 2009

US Senators Call on Chinese President to Release Gao from Prison

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

BEIJING, CHINA / WASHINGTON, DC (ANS) It has been more than 100 days since Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng has been seen in public.

Gao Zhisheng

Now two Christian groups, who work for the rights of believers in countries where they face persecution or discrimination, are working together for his release. And a group of US Senators is calling on the Chinese President to have Gao released.

ChinaAid ( ) and Voice of the martyrs (VOM) — — have released a video exposing the torture Gao suffered in 2007.

Reports from inside China indicate he is now likely experiencing the same treatment — or worse. Go to to view the video now.

According to VOM, this video, an account of 58 days of torture in Gao’s own words, is an indictment of the true nature of Communist Party leaders, who commit these atrocities with their left hands, while their right hands are extended to the free world in a show of friendship and economic partnership.

VOM says in a media release that on September 12, 2007, Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress exposing the brutality of the Communist Party, including the persecution of house church Christians.

Soon after, says VOM, Gao was kidnapped by Chinese government authorities and tortured for 58 days.

“Officials threatened to kill him if he ever exposed the details of his torture. Gao Zhisheng refused to be intimidated into silence — he continued to speak out about human rights abuses by China’s ruling Party. Determined to silence him, government officials kidnapped him again on February 4, 2009,” VOM says in the news release.

Gao Zhisheng has now been missing for more than 100 days. He was last seen being hauled away by Chinese officials, VOM states.

“Gao Zhisheng risked everything to challenge the dark system of communism — he dared to speak the truth. Now, his very life threatens to unmask the distorted inner reality of the Chinese government to the world,” said VOM.

VOM explains that Gao said to his wife that if he should be persecuted for speaking the truth, he believed that people of justice throughout the world would stand with him.

The group is asking believers across America to please forward this e-mail to family and friends, asking them to view the video, sign the petition and send e-mails to government officials at

Meanwhile, according to ChinaAid, on May 14, the 99th day since Chinese Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng’s kidnapping by government officials, four U.S. Senators issued a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao calling for the Chinese government to release Gao.

The four signatories are: Senators Bryon Dorgan (D-ND and Chairman of the Congressional – Executive Commission on China), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS).

The following is the full text of the Senators’ letter to President Hu Jintao:

“Dear President Hu:

“We are writing to express our deep concern over the disappearance of prominent lawyer and human rights advocate, Gao Zhisheng. Tomorrow will mark the 100th day in which Mr. Gao has not been seen or heard from. We fear that Mr. Gao’s life may be in grave danger, given Mr. Gao’s past treatment at the hands of public security officers (and others working under their direction).

“Mr. Gao, voted ‘one of China’s top ten lawyers’ in 2001 by a Chinese Ministry of Justice publication, has represented numerous civil society figures, religious leaders and writers.

“In September 2007, Mr. Gao sent an open letter to the U.S. Congress alleging widespread human rights abuses in China. Afterwards, public security officers abducted him and held him for over 50 days, during which time he was repeatedly tortured. He was told that he would be killed if he told anyone about what happened. Mr. Gao was last seen on February 4, 2009 at a relative’s home, where more than 10 public security officers and others forcibly removed him from bed, and whisked him away to an unknown location. Mr. Gao’s whereabouts are still unknown.

“Mr. Gao’s disappearance appears to be a violation of both Chinese and international law. We urge your government to inform the concerned public of his whereabouts, to guarantee Mr. Gao’s right to be free from arbitrary detention, and to secure his release.”

Both ChinaAid and VOM invite you to visit to advocate for Gao Zhisheng’s release: sign the petition; view the video; send e-mails to Chinese officials and find out more information about Gao Zhisheng.

For more details from ChinaAid, please contact: with questions or requests for further information.

For more information from VOM, click here:

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Update on Imprisoned Chinese Christian Shi Weihan’s Trial

Posted by radiofreechina on April 19, 2009

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

BEIJING, CHINA (ANS) — A Chinese Christian human rights organization says that Christian Shi Weihan stood trial on Thursday, April 9, in the Haidian District Court.

ChinaAid ( ) reports that Shi Weihan’s attorney Zhang Xingshui made a three-hour defense of Weihan’s innocence, from 9 a.m. to noon. Weihan has been in prison since March 19, 2008 for printing and giving away Christian books and Bibles without government permission.

According to ChinaAid, at the trial, Shi Weihan’s attorney Zhang Xingshui pointed out: “Shi Weihan’s acts did not constitute a crime, because he was not engaged in illegal business acts and he did not disturb the social or market order.”

ChinaAid says that Shi Weihan’s wife Zhang Jing and his parents, and three friends were allowed to attend the trial. They were able to make eye contact with him and nod, but otherwise they were not allowed to communicate. They said he is quite thin, but appeared healthy.

“Police reportedly brought no new evidence, and constantly referred to the ‘printing of illegal books.’ The judge previously refused to convict Shi Weihan,” ChinaAid reported in an e-mail update obtained by ASSIST News.

Lawyer Zhang Xingshui said, according to China’s criminal law, if convicted, Shi Weihan’s sentence could be about three to four years. Zhang Xingshui says that the court is required to issue a verdict within 45 days.

To request the immediate release of Shi Weihan, please contact the following government authorities:

Tang Long, City of Beijing Deputy Secretary General of the Municipal People’s Government
Phone: 011-86-10-62362008

Liu Jianchao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Information Department
Phone: 011-86-10-65963342

Chinese Embassy
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 495-2138

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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

Click here 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:

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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 (  “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:

Read Haizhu District People’s Court of Guangzhou’s “Notification of Acceptance of Administrative Case” here:

Read the List of Submitted Pieces of Evidence (Plaintiff) here:
Read the Notification of Administrative Penalty sent to Pastor Wang Dao here:

Read Liangren House Church’s public statement on December 18 here:

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