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 [21st July]. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clandestine Christians learn from Mao’s book

The Times (England), July 31, 2002 From Oliver August in Southern China The structure at the far end of the paddy field is a little bigger than the other farmhouses in the area, but is otherwise unremarkable. A man calling himself Father John wants to keep it that way. The four-storey brick house is […]
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