Category: Underground Church

Christian Leaders Said Arrested in China’s Xinjiang

Police arrested more than 100 church leaders in northwest China during a retreat to train Christian workers in the region, a US-based religious group said Wednesday . On 12 July, about 200 officers in 46 police and military vehicles surrounded the Christians at the Retreat Centre for Railroad Workers in the town of Liugong in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, according to a statement from the China Aid Association. China and Christianity China touts new churches, but rules crimp faithful Beijing prays it can keep religion under control ‘Faith is very important,’ but dangerous God and China Evangelicals on

China tries church leaders for telling foreigners of Christian crackdown

BEIJING, (AFP) – China has tried three underground church leaders in secret for exposing a crackdown against Christians just days after it passed a constitutional amendment to protect human rights. Liu Fenggang, Xu Yonghai and Zhang Shengqi were tried on Tuesday at the Intermediate Peoples Court of Hangzhou in eastern Zhejiang province, Xu’s wife Li Shanna and New York-based Human Rights in China (HRIC) said. Originally charged with “inciting the gathering of state secrets,” the three Christians were brought to trial on amended charges of “providing intelligence to organizations outside of China.” China and Christianity China touts new churches, but

Report: China Arrests Roman Catholic Bishop

Authorities have detained a Roman Catholic bishop from the northeastern Chinese city of Qiqihar, a U.S.-based monitoring group reported Tuesday. China and Christianity China touts new churches, but rules crimp faithful Beijing prays it can keep religion under control ‘Faith is very important,’ but dangerous God and China Evangelicals on the Rise in Land of Mao Journalist: Christians poised to reshape China’s future The Truth About China: An Open Doors Position Statement More news items mentioning the Underground Church Research resources on China Bishop Wei Jingyi was seized March 5 at a highway toll booth after traveling to the provincial

Report: Chinese police beat, detain church leader as legislative session convenes

BEIJING (AP) Police beat a leader of an underground Christian church and his wife during a campaign to stifle dissent during the annual meeting of China’s legislature, a human rights group alleged Saturday. Beijing police deployed 1,000 officers to control dissidents as the National People’s Congress opened its session on Friday, Human Rights in China said. It cited unidentified sources in Beijing. Hua Huiqi, a church leader and housing activist, was taken to a police station on Friday and badly beaten after he complained that he was being illegally held under “effective house arrest,” the rights group said in a

Group: Chinese Church Activist Charged

BEIJING (AP) — An activist linked to an unsanctioned Christian church and its imprisoned leader has been charged with subverting state power nearly a month after police detained him central China, a human rights organization reported Thursday. Xiao Biguang’s arrest in Henan province last month was “probably related to his writing of articles” dealing with “Christian charters” — principles that guide underground church activities in China, according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Xiao’s wife, Gou Qinghui, received a formal notice from police Tuesday that her husband had been detained, the center said. It said

China Christian Church Activist Detained

Activist for China’s unofficial Christian church has been detained after investigating the destruction of churches by authorities in eastern China, human rights groups say. Liu Fenggang, 43, was detained on Oct. 13 in the city of Hangzhou while visiting with leaders of the destroyed churches who had just been released from almost two months in detention. Police who searched Liu’s home in Beijing later that week confiscated two computers, an address book, cameras, documents and other items, said Bob Fu, of the China Aid Association, based in Pennsylvania. Police told Liu’s wife, Bi Yuxia, that Liu would be charged with

China arrests underground Catholic priests-group

Reuters, July 5, 2003 BEIJING, July 5 — Five members of the underground Roman Catholic clergy have been arrested in northern China while trying to visit a priest recently released from a labour camp, a U.S.-based religious rights group said. Priests Kang Fuliang, Chen Guozhen, Pang Guangzhao, Joseph Yin and deacon Wang Lijun, aged 25 to 32, were arrested in Baoding city in Hebei province on July 1, the Stamford-Connecticut based Cardinal Fung Foundation said.         They were on their way to visit Lu Genjun, an underground priest who had just been released after three years

China Denies Mistreating Christian Leader

AP, June 26, 2003 BEIJING (AP)–China said Thursday the imprisoned founder of an unofficial Christian church was in good health, dismissing reports that he was near death due to beatings. The Ministry of Justice said Gong Shengliang, who was convicted last October of rape and assault and is serving a life sentence, had not been tortured. “Reports that Gong is near death as a result of abusive treatment have no basis in reality,” the ministry said in a statement issued in response to accusations made in an open letter by Gong’s friends and relatives in early June. Gong founded

Catholic Priest Detained in China, says Rights Group

VOA, Feb. 12, 2003 Jim Randle A religious rights organization says China has detained a Roman Catholic priest for holding illegal services. Rights activists say China already has many priests and bishops from the banned church in custody or house arrest. The U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation says officials detained 37-year-old Reverend Dong Yingmu as he was on his way to celebrate Christmas Mass in December. Reverend Dong’s imprisonment has just come to light. Foundation head Joseph Kung says Reverend Dong was arrested in the city of Baoding in Hebei Province, where police have detained several priests and two bishops

Authorities Arrest more than Twenty Members of Shanghai House Church

Human Rights in China, Jan. 14, 2003 (Press Release) Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities arrested more than twenty members of an underground church and sentenced the church’s leader, Xu Guoxing, to 18 months of Reeducation Through Labor. HRIC learned of Xu’s arrest and sentencing through an emergency appeal from China’s Christian community to religious and human rights groups all over the world. The appeal letter states that on December 8, 2002 while more than twenty Christians were gathered in Xu Guoxing’s home for a worship service, a large number of Public Security police officers