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House Church in Inner Mongolia Raided, Woman Missionary Sentenced to Re-education through Labor, Civil Rights Activist, Chen Guangchang Sentenced

8/28/2006 China (Christian Newswire) Around 8 AM, August 19, the local police, accompanied by the officers of the Local United Front Department and the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee went to the Liang Jiagou Church and confiscated church property including stools and a blackboard etc. They warned the Christians that they can not gather except at the government sanctioned Three- Self Patriotic Movement Church (TSPM).
CAA also learned that August 5, 2006, Wu Guilan, a female Mongolian missionary was sentenced to 1 year in a re-education through labor camp by the local government.
It is said that Sister Wu Guilan was evangelizing the Mongolian people in Yi Jin Huo Luo Flag, Inner Mongolia Autonomous District. She preached that the Mongolian people should not worship Genghis Khan (which was useless), but should worship the “Heavenly God.” She also organized several evangelistic activities. The 50-year-old female missionary was arrested by the local Public Security Bureau July 27, 2006.
August 5, 2006, Wu Guilan was sentenced to 1 year in a re-educated through labor camp by the local “Re- education through Labor Administrative Committee” on suspicion of organizing a cult.
August 24, the People’s Court of Yinan County , Shandong Province, sentenced Chen Guangcheng, a renowned blind civil rights activist, to four years and three months in prison on charges of willfully damaging property, organizing a mob, and disrupting traffic. Chen Gengjiang and two others were tried secretly August 18, and sentenced to seven months in detention (a sentenced that is postponed for 1 year.) Chen Guangcheng’s wife is currently under house arrest.
In 2005, Chen exposed the local authority’s harsh measures of enforcing the one-child policy in Linyi , Shandong Province.
Chen filed a class-action lawsuit against Linyi officials on a woman’s behalf and drew attention to the plight of the villagers. Although the law suit he filed was rejected, the incident was publicized on the internet by Time Magazine who interviewed Chen.
Three hours after the interview in Beijing , Chen was shoved into an unmarked vehicle by Public Security Agents from his hometown. They took him back to his village, where he was held under house arrest for months.
Chen was removed from his house in March 2006 and formally detained in June 2006 by Yinan County Officials.
None of Chen’s lawyers, as well as his wife, were allowed in the courtroom for the trial. The authorities appointed a public defender for Chen. As a result, the lawyer did little to help his new client. August 24, 2006, Chen was sentenced to four years and three months for “damaging property, organizing a mob, and disrupting traffic.
“The attack on the House Church and the labor camp sentence of the missionary in Inner Mongolia are certainly contradictory to the Chinese government’s repeated claims of protecting the minority people’s religious freedom,” said Rev. Bob Fu, President of China Aid, “The obvious disregard for the rule of law by this illegal trial and the heavy sentence of the blind rights activist, Mr. Chen Guangcheng, should shake the confidence of conscientious international investors in China.”