agosto 31, 2013

ChinaAid: Xinjiang Christian Zhu Jinfeng, detained, charged with conducting “illegal” Christian activity.

 “Christianity is not a cult, and we are not criminals,” Zhu told South China Morning Post on Friday. “We do pray for our country, too, in our gatherings.”
             Xinjiang Christian Zhu Jinfeng, 60, says she attends "house churches" - religious services at home - instead of state-sanctioned ones because she prefers to talk to God without going through China's administration of religious affairs.
            But Zhu’s habits of more than 10 years came to an abrupt end after local policemen stormed into her home last month during a Bible study session she held with elderly neighbors.
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            The group was dismissed on site. Zhu was briefly detained, charged with conducting “illegal” Christian activity, and fined 200 yuan (HK$250).  Zhu, while still shaken by the raid, hasn’t given up her fight for her freedom to worship in her own home.  She decided to appeal her case by filing an application for “administrative reconsideration,” a legal action pursued by Chinese citizens when they feel their rights are infringed upon.
            ChinaAid and an activist lawyer in Beijing, offered to help Zhu draft the application letter.  But when she tried to submit it, a local official told her to visit at another time when “at least two people were present” - presumably to follow government protocol.
            “I am lost and desperate now,” Zhu sobbed while revealing her frustrations and she has had to stop worshipping God at home, but she still refuses to go to a state-sanctioned church - as suggested by law enforcement officers.
             Christians who go to "unauthorised" places to worship have been increasingly persecuted in the last few years.  Christians are also being given harsher punishments.