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Beijing House Church Activist Hua Huiqi and his Mother Attacked and Detained by Police

ICC Note: What happened to this man and his mother is appalling. The Chinese government should be ashamed and embarrassed of this behavior.

1/28/07 China For full story……(CAA)– China Aid Association learned well-known Beijing church activist Hua Huiqi and his 76-year-old mother were attacked and wounded by the police in the morning of January 26, 2007.

According to Mr. Hua’s wife Wei Jumei, at about 8am of January 26, seven police officers attacked both Hua and his mom while they were walking nearby a 2008 Olympic hotel site. They were kicked on the ground and then taken away to the Olympic Police Station for questioning. When Hua asked the police to explain the legal ground for the detention and release his mom who is sick, he was beaten up repeatedly. The police even started pouring cold water over him. The temperature in Beijing lowed in the mid 20s.

While Hua was trembling because of the freezing cold water, he was taken away to a detention center. On 27th, Hua’s wife was told by the police over the phone that Hua had been sentenced for one month of criminal detention. None of Hua’s family members has received any official notice yet regarding Hua’s detention so far.

Hua and his wife are very active house church Christians in Beijing . They have been assisting lots of persecuted Christians and oppressed peasants who travel to Beijing from other parts of the country to seek justice from the central government.

“The detention of innocent peaceful Christians like Mr. Hua and his mom is certainly contradictory to the Chinese government’s human rights commitment for 2008 Beijing Olympics,” said Rev. Bob Fu who used to be a close coworker of Mr. Hua and his Christian minister wife,” we urge the Chinese government to immdiately release both of them and hold those abusive police accountable.”

Letters and Phone calls to protest brother Hua’s arrest can be sent to:

Office of Letters and Calls of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

Phone number: +86-10-6308 9450

Address: No. 1 Zhengyi Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing (Zip code: 100074)

Beijing Olympic Village Police Station telephone: +86- 10-6491-2192

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