US State Department Spokesman Gravely Concerned over the Abuse and Detention of Pastor Bike and His

China Aid Association
October 24, 2008
Statement by Robert A. Wood, Deputy Spokesman
CHINA:  Physical Abuse and Detention of Pastor “Bike” Zhang’s Family
We are gravely concerned by the brutal beating of Pastor Zhang “Bike”
Mingxuan’s two sons by public security officials.  We are also deeply
concerned by continuing official harassment of Pastor Zhang, a prominent
Beijing house church leader, including his arbitrary detention and the
forced relocation of his family.  We call upon the Government of China
immediately to release Pastor Zhang and permit his family members to
return home, to condemn the violent acts committed against his sons, and
to bring to justice those individuals responsible for such acts.

We are concerned about a pattern of intimidation of religious freedom
and rule of law advocates and their family members. We urge China to
honor those international human rights instruments to which it is a
signatory that protect the rule of law, freedom of expression, and
freedom of religion.

Reuters News Media Issues Report of State Department Spokesman’s Appeal for Zhang Family. CLICK HERE TO READ REUTERS REPORT



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