29 January, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/26/2011
CHINA
Forced labour for Christian Pastor Shi for praying with the faithful
Enhao Shi was arrested weeks ago for practicing his faith even against the prohibitions of the law. He was sentenced without trial or defence. China has in place a harsh crackdown on all "unofficial" Christians, who refuse to sign up to State church.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Pastor Enhao Shi, Vice President of Chinese House Church Alliance (CHCA), was sentenced in the city of Suqian (Jiangsu) to 2 years of re-education-through-labour (Laogai), in short forced labour. For months, China has been implementing a strict crackdown against house churches, arresting anyone who even stops to pray.

Shi was arrested and detained by police 31marzo for 12 days (see AsiaNews, 6.6.2001, Arrest of Shouwang Christians and other believers relentless). He was arrested again June 21 as "suspected of using superstition to undermine law enforcement," which is a serious crime in China. Instead, the sentence at the Laogai was imposed administratively, without trial and without the assistance of a lawyer.

The CHCA is a major "house churche" in China, with several thousand followers. In recent months, public safety has ordered the group to suspend all kinds of meetings and confiscated vehicles, musical equipment and about 140 thousand Yuan, almost 16 thousand Euros, the proceeds of donations. The police also threatened Shi’s three daughters and their husbands.

For months, the authorities have been persecuting these groups, preventing them even from meeting to pray. In April the authorities in Beijing drove the Church of Shouwang from their place they met to pray. The faithful began to gather to pray in a public square, giving notice on their internet site. Police would intervene each Sunday to arrest anyone who came and bring them to the police station for hours, later releasing them. On some Sundays hundreds of faithful were put under house arrest. Months later Shouwang faithful are still under house arrest and forbidden to gather.

In China there are more unofficial Protestant Christians (80 million) than members of the Three-Self Movement (20 million). Lest the situation get out of the Party’s control, for almost four years now a campaign to eliminate the underground communities or merge them into the official community has been underway.
The series of arrests of Protestant Christians coincides with a series of arrests of democracy activists and human rights lawyers. Beijing fears that any movement not controlled by the Party could trigger a "jasmine revolution" similar to the one that is rocking the North Africa and the Middle East. This fear is caused by the fact that many human rights activists have converted to Christianity


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/16/2011 CHINA
Persecution mounts against the Church of Shouwang
05/23/2011 CHINA
Shouwang Christians will not give up, they pray in public and the police arrest them
01/16/2009 CHINA
Beijing does not recognize domestic churches, and persecutes them
05/09/2011 CHINA
More arrests, more persecution for Shouwang underground Christians
by Wang Zhicheng
06/06/2011 CHINA
Arrest of Shouwang Christians and other believers relentless

Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.