China: Minors and Adults Detained
Eleven minors and two adults have been detained by Xinjiang Public Security Bureau officials while attending a
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China Aid Association (CAA) has learned that 11 minors and 2 adults have been detained by Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials while attending a House Church Bible Study in
Sources close to CAA say that 16 year old Lou Nan, daughter of pastor Lou Yuanqi, who pastors the house church, is one of the detained. Pastor Lou Yuanqi was not present during the detention of the other members. Pastor Lou was detained on October 20, 2006, along with 3 other pastors for organizing the
By calling the PSB office in which the 13 are being held, CAA confirmed that the 13 members now detained are being held by Qingshuihe township PSB officials under the charge of "illegal religious gathering." Family members have been denied visitation. The condition and wellbeing of the church members remains unknown.
CAA condemns the actions of the PSB officials who have callously detained 11 minors and their Bible teachers for gathering together. We exhort Government officials to remain consistent in policies of religious freedom and release the members being held.
CAA also learned that on February 27 , Beijing House Church leader pastor Cai Zhuohua was detained for 6 hours at Tiantongyuan PSB office of Changping District, Beijing. Pastor Cai went to the PSB office to register his son's residence card at 11am and then the PSB offciers abruptedly detained him for the so-called "suspicion of making false documents" although all the documents pastor Cai brought are issued by the Chinese government agencies. He was released at 5pm without any charges. Pastor Cai served three years imprisonment for printing bibles in 2004.
In another case in Inner Mongolia where 40 church leaders were arrested on February 20 , CAA learned all were released on February 21 including one missionary from