China Aid Association
Photo: CAA Director of Advocacy, Jenny McCoy, delivers 619 pages containing 57,000 petition signatures to free Pastor Bike Mingxuan (top corner) to the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.
(Washington, D.C.- September 5, 2008) On September 4, China Aid Association delivered a package to the Embassy of China in Washington, DC, containing a letter to Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, with the approximately 57,000 names on 619 pages, of those who had signed the petition tofree Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan and his wife. The letter urged the Chinese government to look beyond the physical needs to also consider the deeper, fundamental need for personal freedom in decisions of faith and belief: when this need is fully acknowledged by authorities, the resulting freedom strengthens the people and the country for honorable prosperity. CAA staff spoke with Embassy staff for permission to deliver this package. Pastor Bike and his wife were released from authoritative supervision on August 29 but are prohibited from returning to Beijing until the end of the Paralympics in mid September.
While the release of Pastor Zhang Mingxuan was welcomed by the petitioners, CAA continues to urge the Chinese Government to stop its consistent record of illegal religious persecution and to release other Chinese Christians who have been wrongfully imprisoned for their faith. One such prisoner is Beijing bookstore owner, Shi Weihan, who has been imprisoned and tortured by Beijing authorities. Mr. Shi is currently being held illegally in a Beijing Detention Center.
CAA and its supporters around the world will continue to press the Chinese Government to release these Christians and to act with consistency and responsibility toward religious freedom.
Issued by CAA, September 5, 2008
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Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
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