Nearly 2,000 Christians Arrested in China Every Year

Voice of America | July 05, 2006

       According to a report by a religious freedom group, the public security department in China has arrested close to 2,000 Christians in the past year, including many members of the clergy. Many were tortured.

Arrests Occur Across 15 Provinces and Cities

The U.S.-based China Aid Association published the "Report on Persecution of Chinese House Churches by Province" detailing the persecution of pastors and congregation members by the communist regime between May 2005 and May 2006. Pastor Fu Xiqiu, president of the China Aid Association said, "This report was compiled after obtaining the number of arrested Christians [that can be verified] in various provinces in the past 12 months.

"According to the report, 1,958 pastors and congregation members were arrested in China. The arrests occurred in 15 provinces and cities. Henan Province recorded the highest number, with over 800 people arrested. Not only was the number of arrests the highest, but corporal punishment and torture was also the harshest in Henan Province."

Persecution in Henan Most Severe

According to the China Aid Association report, from July 2005 to May 2006, Henan Province's police and government officials in charge of religious affairs conducted seven searches during religious meetings. All told, 823 pastors and congregation members, including five American citizens, were arrested. During detention they were maltreated and tortured by police. Some were fined.

Fu Xiqiu said, "On March 13, in Wen County, Henan, more than 80 congregation members were arrested for celebrating Easter. Many were subjected to different forms of abuse in the detention center. For instance, two women, a 72-year-old lady by the surname of Ma and a 21-year-old woman, were forced to remove their clothes. The police even removed the 21-year-old woman's bra.

"Another case involved Pastor Li Gongshe. Despite being disabled, he was knocked to the floor and pummeled by police. He suffered a broken rib but was denied treatment in the detention center. He was sent to hospital only when it became obvious that he could not move. We have the hospital report and Li's video testimony. We shall publish this information in due course."

The Chinese Communist Regime Strives to Control Unofficial Churches

According to Fu Xiqiu, one reason for the escalation of the suppression is that the local religious affairs department, public security, and even the ministry of state security have stepped up efforts to implement the "Religious Affairs Regulation" passed by the State Council on March 1 last year. He said that they intend to force churches to register by using such forms of persecution.

"By arresting independent church members and enforcing registration, they will gain control over all Chinese churches. As most of the pastors in independent churches are not trained and appointed by the official Three-Self Patriotic Church, it is not surprising that the regime persecutes them."

Right from the outset, the Chinese communist regime has always denied committing human rights violations. The communist regime claims that it only suppresses those religious groups that pose a danger to society. It added that Christians may engage in religious activities within the official churches.

However, many Christian organizations in China indicated that the majority of the 80 million Christians in China choose to attend independent churches as they do not acknowledge the official churches, which are backed by the Communist Party.


Here's the same article in Chinese:

报告:中国一年逮捕近两千基督徒

 
【大纪元6月27日讯】(美国之音记者:江河2006年6月26日华盛顿报导)一个宗教权利组织公布的一份报告显示,在过去的一年当中,中国公安部门逮捕了将近两千名基督徒,其中包括许多家庭教会的牧师,被捕的人中许多还受到虐待。

*报告:抓捕分布15省市*

设在美国的对华援助协会星期一公布了一份题为《中国迫害家庭教会》的报告,报告详细介绍了2005年5月至2006年5月期间中国当局迫害基督教家庭教会牧师和教徒的情况。

对华援助协会会长傅希秋牧师在接受记者采访时首先简要介绍了这份报告的主要内容。他说:我们这个报告是以省为单位把过去12个月我们所了解到的、能够得到准确信息的各个省市被抓捕的家庭教会基督徒和牧师的数目做了一个归整和整理。

根据我们的报告,在过去12个月,中国有1958名家庭教会的牧师和信徒受到抓捕,这些抓捕大部份分布在15个省市,其中河南省被抓捕的人最多,超过800多人。不仅仅是抓捕的数量多,而且在对信徒抓捕之后对他们的体罚、酷刑、折磨方面,河南省也是最严重的。

*报告:河南抓捕人最多折磨最严重*

对华援助协会的报告说,2005年7月至2006年5月期间,河南省的警察和宗教事务管理人员对家庭教会基督徒的聚会活动进行了7次突击搜查行动,一共逮捕了823名牧师和其他信徒,其中包括5名美国公民。警方在这些人被拘留期间还对他们进行虐待和折磨,有些人被罚款。

对华援助协会会长傅希秋牧师举了几个例子,并且说所有这些事情他们都掌握有证据。他说:3月13号在河南温县,有80多个信徒因为庆祝复活节被抓捕,许多信徒在看守所里受到各种不同形式的虐待,比如说,有两个妇女--一个72岁的姓马的基督徒,还有一个21岁的年轻的姐妹--都被迫把衣服全部脱光,其中那个21岁的姐妹,警察甚至把她的胸罩都脱下来,导致她离家出走,受到这样大的羞辱。

另外一个叫李公社的牧师,他虽然是一个残疾人,但还是被警察打翻在地,拳打脚踢之后一根肋骨被打断,送到看守所里还不给治疗,后来看到他不能动弹才把他送到医院去进行治疗。我们都有医院的诊断报告、李公社牧师自己录像的证词,我们将会陆续公布这些。

*傅希秋:政府争取控制非官方教会*

傅希秋牧师分析说,中国政府加强对家庭基督教会的镇压的一个原因是,地方宗教事务管理部门和公安、甚至国家安全部门都在加紧实施国务院去年3月1号通过的《宗教事务条例》。他说,透过这种迫害的形式,他们想逼迫家庭教会登记,以这个名义对他们进行抓捕和罚款。

他说:抓捕家庭教会、逼迫登记最主要就是想控制对中国教会的管理权,因为家庭教会大部份的传道牧师都不是有政府三自爱国会所培养和任命的,所以政府当然对他们进行打压。

中国政府一直否认有侵犯人权行为。政府表示,只镇压对社会有危险性的教派。中国当局还说,基督徒可以在官方教会里从事宗教活动。

然而,中国的许多基督教组织说,中国8千万基督徒中的大多数人都选择在独立的家庭教会中聚会,因为他们不承认有共产党支持的官方教会。


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