Support Yang Hua and Religious Freedom and Rule of Law
Yang Hua, one of the pastors of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, the capital of China’s southwestern Guizhou province, has been held in police custody since December 9, 2015, after he resisted the authorities’ attempts to confiscate church property. Officials accused him of the “crime of obstruction of justice” and “gathering a crowd to disturb social order,” and sentenced him to five days in administrative detention for each charge. On December 20, the day he was scheduled to be released, his wife received an official notice stating that he had been transferred to criminal detention on suspicion of “illegally holding state secrets.”
After a month of detention, during which he was unable to meet with his lawyers, Yang Hua was arrested for “divulging state secrets” on January 22, a crime that the Chinese government often imposes on pastors who publicly oppose government attempts to restrict religious practice.
Please contemplate a partnership to ensure that brave Chinese citizens like Zhang Kai can continue their work advancing religious freedom and rule of law in China—a mission we all share to protect basic human rights.
China Aid works with partner organizations to expose religious freedom and human rights abuse, encourage those abused, like Yang Hua, and equip community and religious leaders in China.
Please consider supporting human rights defenders, religious leaders and their family members. Your gift allows China Aid and our partners to respond quickly to emergencies and provide uninterrupted assistance to the persecuted.
To make a gift by mail, send your check payable to China Aid to PO Box 8513, Midland, TX 79708. To make a gift by phone, call 432-689-6985.
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