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Persecution Report by Province in China Released Today; Henan Province is the Worst

To: National & International Desks


Contact: Bob Fu, China Aid Association, Inc., 267-205-5210, 432-230-5174, info@ChinaAid.org

MIDLAND, Tx, June 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, CAA released a report regarding cases of persecution against Chinese House churches by province in China in the past 12 months. The inconclusive report lists the main persecution events in different provinces in China from May 2005-May 2006. According to the report, in the past 12 months, at least 1958 Chinese house church pastors and Christians in 15 provinces were arrested. Many teacher and leadership training gatherings are viewed with particular hostility by the government whose aim is to control the indoctrination of new generations of Christians.  
It is reported that police officers and religious affairs cadres conducting the raids mistreated and tortured congregants.

The province by province report shows that Henan has been the worst province in persecution against house churches in the past 12 months. 823 pastors and believers were arrested in 11 raids from July 2005 to May 2006. Five American citizens were arrested at the same period of time. Many of the arrested were abused during their detention time. After the raid on March 13, 2006 at Wen county, two arrested Christian ladies, whose ages are 72 and 21 respectively, were forced to strip off their cloths during the interrogation. A disabled Pastor, Li Gongshe, was severely beaten and one of his ribs broken.

(Read the whole story at www.ChinaAid.org)

"Henan province should be put on notice as having the worst religious persecution record," said Rev. Bob Fu of CAA, "It is morally imperative for any conscientious foreign investors in Henan to address this serious issue."

Communicate your concern to the Henan province authority:
Governor of Henan Governor Li Chengyu
Tel: +86-371-65908675 and 65907565
Fax number: +86-371-65711621
Emails: webadmin@cpmembers.org.cn  and gufeng@cpmembers.org.cn