Civil Rights Activist, Chen Guangchang Sentenced

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 28 /Christian Newswire/ — CAA learned August 19, a house church in Liang Jiagou Village, Wudaqu District, Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China was raided by the local police.

Around 8 AM, August 19, the local police, accompanied by the officers of the Local United Front Department and the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee went to the Liang Jiagou Church and confiscated church property including stools and a blackboard etc. They warned the Christians that they can not gather except at the government sanctioned Three- Self Patriotic Movement Church (TSPM).

CAA also learned that August 5, 2006, Wu Guilan, a female Mongolian missionary was sentenced to 1 year in a re-education through labor camp by the local government.

It is said that Sister Wu Guilan was evangelizing the Mongolian people in Yi Jin Huo Luo Flag, Inner Mongolia Autonomous District. She preached that the Mongolian people should not worship Genghis Khan (which was useless), but should worship the “Heavenly God.” She also organized several evangelistic activities. The 50-year-old female missionary was arrested by the local Public Security Bureau July 27, 2006.

August 5, 2006, Wu Guilan was sentenced to 1 year in a re-educated through labor camp by the local “Re- education through Labor Administrative Committee” on suspicion of organizing a cult.

August 24, the People’s Court of Yinan County, Shandong Province, sentenced Chen Guangcheng, a renowned blind civil rights activist, to four years and three months in prison on charges of willfully damaging property, organizing a mob, and disrupting traffic. Chen Gengjiang and two others were tried secretly August 18, and sentenced to seven months in detention (a sentenced that is postponed for 1 year.) Chen Guangcheng’s wife is currently under house arrest.

In 2005, Chen exposed the local authority’s harsh measures of enforcing the one-child policy in Linyi, Shandong Province.

Chen filed a class-action lawsuit against Linyi officials on a woman’s behalf and drew attention to the plight of the villagers. Although the law suit he filed was rejected, the incident was publicized on the internet by Time Magazine who interviewed Chen.

Three hours after the interview in Beijing, Chen was shoved into an unmarked vehicle by Public Security Agents from his hometown. They took him back to his village, where he was held under house arrest for months.

Chen was removed from his house in March 2006 and formally detained in June 2006 by Yinan County Officials.

None of Chen’s lawyers, as well as his wife, were allowed in the courtroom for the trial. The authorities appointed a public defender for Chen. As a result, the lawyer did little to help his new client. August 24, 2006, Chen was sentenced to four years and three months for “damaging property, organizing a mob, and disrupting traffic.

“The attack on the House Church and the labor camp sentence of the missionary in Inner Mongolia are certainly contradictory to the Chinese government’s repeated claims of protecting the minority people’s religious freedom,” said Rev. Bob Fu, President of China Aid, “The obvious disregard for the rule of law by this illegal trial and the heavy sentence of the blind rights activist, Mr. Chen Guangcheng, should shake the confidence of conscientious international investors in China.”

Attachment: The re-education through labor decision for Wu Guilan, legal document.

Eerduosi City Re-education through Labor Administrative Committee

Re-education through Labor Decision

Document number: E Lao Jiao Zi [2006] 182

Wu Guilan, Female, ethnic Mongolian, born July 7, 1956, identification card No: 152825195607010028, unemployed, graduated from Specialized Middle School, Registered permanent address: Lawuzhong Flag, Inner Mongolia Autonomous District. Temporary residential address: Artengxire Town, Yijinhuoluo Flag, Eerduosi City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous District.

Yijinhuoluo Flag Public Security Bureau concluded that: Since July, 2006, Wu Guilan has been spreading heresies among the Mongolian masses in the territory of Yijinhuoluo Flag; that “illness could be healed without medicine by believing in the Heavenly God,” and that “one could become rich without working;” moreover, “the traditional lifestyle of the Mongolians is not good, one should believe in the heavenly God instead of worshipping Genghis Khan, which is useless.” She also instigated others to engage in cult activities. Wu Guilan has confessed to all of these accusations.

The Re-education through Labor Administrative Committee verified the crime and concluded that: Since July, 2006, Wu Guilan has been spreading heresies among the Mongolian masses in the territory of Yijinhuoluo Flag; that “illness could be healed without medicine by believing in Heavenly God,” and that “one could become rich without working;” moreover, “the traditional lifestyle of the Mongolians is not good, one should believe in the heavenly God instead of worshipping Genghis Khan, which is useless.” She also incited others to engage in cult activities. The above fact is proven by Wu Guilan’s confession, the evidence and witnesses, as well as the statement of the victims. We have informed Wu Guilan that she has the right to ask for a hearing, and she expressed that she would not ask for one.

The Reeducation through Labor Administrative Committee concluded that: Wu Guilan interfered with the execution of national law by organizing cult. The fact is clear, the evidence is abundant. Her case fits the condition of Reeducation through Labor. Based on the 4th Item of the 10th Article in “Trial Method of Re-education through Labor,” we declare that Wu Guilan be re-educated through labor for 1 year, beginning July 27, 2006 to July 26, 2007.

If you refuse to accept this decision, you can apply for administrative review to the Autonomous District Re-education through Labor Administrative Committee (address: in the District Public Security Department) within 60 days after receiving this decision. Or, you may file an administrative law suit with the local court within 3 days after receiving this decision.

Date: August 5th, 2006

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MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 11 /Christian Newswire/ — On July 24, 2006, four missionaries were arrested by the local police in Wuyi Township, Mengla County, Jinghong City, Yunan Province charged with “superstitious activity.”

The head of the local police station, who was allegedly drunk that evening, and ten policemen tortured the four missionaries from 8 PM, July 24th until 2 AM the next day. One female missionary had her hair torn out.

“In this remote area, where it is far from the emperor, I can beat you until you obey. You have no where to lodge a complaint.” the police threatened. The police even discussed handing over the two women missionaries to a minority tribe to rape them.

The police handcuffed the four missionaries to chairs in their office and left them there until 2 PM, July 25, 2006, when they were escorted to Mengla County National Security Guard squad office.

The police could not prove they had committed any crime so they set them free at 8 PM, July 25, 2006, after searching their pockets. The police confiscated $400 in cash, Bibles, and hymn disks and did not issue any receipts.

The 4 missionaries were in so much pain they could hardly walk out the gate of the National Security Guard office. They stated that they did not think they would survive the interrogation.

CAA calls upon the international community to protest the treatment of these persecuted Christians and the atrocities of the local policemen.

The 4 missionaries are:

Xing Baoying and Wang Guizhen from Luohe, Henan

Li Jianying from Jinghong town, Jinghong city

Li Tuying from Jinghong Farm

Xing Baoying and Wang Guizhen were just released on March 10th 2006 from the Reeducation through Labor camp, where they served their sentence of 2 years because of religious sake.

Sister Wang Guizhen was converted in 1984. 10 years after her conversion she studied in southern China Theological Seminary. She worked for the “Three-Self” church for 1 year after graduation. In 1999, Sister Wang left the “Three-Self” church, and started serving in house churches.

Sister Wang Guizhen and her husband, brother Xing Baoying were arrested on July 25th, 2004. They endured cruel torture in the custody centre. They were later put into “Re-education through labor camp” for 2 years because of sister Wang refused to cooperate with the “Three-Self” church. Sister Wang Guizhen and Brother Xing Baoying had just been released in March 2006.

This press release is available in Chinese at http://www.ChinaAid.org

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /Christian Newswire/ — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just become informed that the execution date has been set for three Christians involved in the Poso conflict. The men are to be executed on Saturday, August 12, at 12:15am. While these men have admitted their involvement in the conflict, they were the only ones charged in a conflict in which massive numbers of Muslims participated.

Tibo, Riwu, and Da Silva, all Christian, were the only men charged in the Poso conflict, even though the conflict started in 1998 and went till 2003. This is a glaring injustice and hints of massive coverup by the Indonesian government. ICC has personally investigated the Poso conflict. Entire Christian villages were attacked with government munitions and burned down using Indonesian government fuel trucks. Christian adults and children were beheaded. The Muslim community initiated the attacks and there was every indication that local Muslim government leaders were involved. Why were no Muslims ever charged in any of the attacks?

On the 19th of June, 2000, more than 200 Christian women, children and men were massacred in one church alone (Halmahera Evangelical Church in Duma), and not one person was ever arrested, charged or imprisoned, let alone executed for this crime. Altogether, approximately 10,000 Christians were murdered and 1,000 churches burned down across Indonesia from 1998 to 2003. Yet the government could never find any Muslims to charge?

Jeff King, President of ICC, stated, “There are so many Muslims in the Poso area with blood on their hands that the Governor of Central Sulawesi, where Poso is located, recently conveyed to the community that in order to attain peace it was necessary to implement a ‘General Amnesty’ for those implicated in the Poso case. Religious and cultural leaders of the Poso community have also repeatedly held meetings in order to achieve a ‘General Amnesty.’ Strangely, the need for amnesty is only for those who have not been charged.”

ICC requests that all concerned individuals contact their Indonesian embassy to urge the Indonesian government to intervene in this case to:

Delay the execution.

Reopen a wide ranging investigation into the Poso attacks to so that everyone who is guilty can be charged or amnestied.

Indonesian Embassy US
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036, USA
Tel. – 202 – 775 – 5200;
Fax. 202 – 775 – 5365
http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/
Indonesian Embassy UK
38 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HW
Tel. (020) 7499 7661
Fax. (020) 7491 4993

Indonesian Embassy Canada
Post Mail: 55 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Phone: (613) 724-1100
Fax: (613) 724-1105
http://www.indonesia- ottawa.org/

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 /Christian Newswire/ — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) http://www.persecution.org has just become informed that the planned execution of three Christians in Indonesia has been stayed after large Indonesian street protests and a deluge of calls to Indonesian embassies around the world.

In Tentena, one of the main Christian cities in Sulawesi, protestors thronged the prosecutor’s office and demanded justice or they would not leave. Fabianus Tibo, Marinus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva were scheduled to die early this Saturday for allegedly taking part in the violence against Muslims as part of the wave of violence that engulfed the Poso area in Sulawesi from 1998 to 2003.

Jeff King, President of ICC stated,

“One of the most amazing aspects of this case is that in attacks from 1998 to 2003, there were approximately 10,000 Christians murdered, 1,000 Churches burned down, and 80,000 homes burned down. In that orgy of violence directed against Christians, the only individuals the government chose to convict were these three men. This is quite alarming especially considering all the indications that local and regional government officials aided and abetted these attacks against Christians.

“We are expecting the Indonesian government to put off the execution for a week hoping that the national and worldwide furor over the executions will die down, and then they will attempt to carry out the execution. The Indonesian government is scheduled to execute the Muslim Bali bombers on August 22 and views the executions of these Christians as a way to balance justice – very important in Indonesian society. Overall concerns of Justice or whether these men are the fall guys for thousands of other guilty individuals is secondary.”

We appeal to concerned individuals around the world to keep up appeals to Indonesian embassies and ask their elected Representatives to make appeals to the Indonesian government asking for their case to be reopened and all the violence against Christians investigated.

Indonesian Embassy US
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036, USA
Tel. – 202 – 775 – 5200;
Fax. 202 – 775 – 5365
http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/

Indonesian Embassy UK
38 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HW
Tel. (020) 7499 7661
Fax. (020) 7491 4993

Indonesian Embassy Canada
Post Mail: 55 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Phone: (613) 724-1100
Fax: (613) 724-1105
http://www.indonesia-ottawa.org/