Beijing Christian Book Store Owner Shi Weihan's Condition Deteriorating in Prison

China Aid Association
Photo: (Shi Weihan and Family)

(Beijing- July 31, 2008) CAA has learned that Beijing book store owner and House Church Leader  Mr. Shi Weihan,  has been suffering a deterioration in health since his imprisonment four months ago. Poor prison conditions and refusal of diabetes medication have contributed to Shi’s lack of health. Shi has lost more than 10 kg in body weight amidst the constant physical and psychological torture employed by prison officials.  Recently Shi was coerced to sign and recognize a confession convicting him of “engaging in the printing and distribution of a large number of illegal publications.” The charges stem from Shi’s printing of Bibles and Christian literature which were sold at his Beijing Christian bookstore, but were deemed “illegal” by Beijing authorities because the books were not printed by the TSPM church.
Pastor Bob Fu, The president of China Aid Association strongly condemns the PSB of Beijing, citing  the hypocrisy and contradictory nature of the Chinese Government’s pledge of religious freedom amidst the upcoming Olympic Games. Mr. Fu calls on the international media to continue to pay close attention to this incident, and provide support and help to Mr. Shi Weihan’s family in this time of need.
The host of the Olympic Games, which signify honor and freedom amongst world citizens, has continued to mock the World community by pledging to uphold religious freedom while simultaneously persecuting its own citizens for their personal beliefs.
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Issued by CAA July 31, 2008

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