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ICC Note: In China, Catholic priests have a choice between serving under the direction of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), headed by the Communist Party, or following the Vatican in Rome. Those who choose to work illegally outside of the CCPA risk harrasment and arrest for leading “underground” congregations. Last month alone at least four underground priests were virtually kidnapped by government authorities and detained in an unknown location.  
9/3/2013 China (UCANews) – Tensions between the Chinese government and unregistered Catholic communities have increased with the detention of four priests last month, according to a report by the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Hong Kong.
The report was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday in a pre-session meeting ahead of a Periodic Review of China’s human rights record scheduled for Oct 22.
A coalition of eight rights groups from Hong Kong petitioned the UN rights body to address what they said was a worsening human rights record in China.
The report said security officials in early August arrested Fr Song Wanjun, an unregistered priest in Xiwanzi diocese.
Three other priests – Frs Shi Weiqiang, Tian Jianmin and Yang Gang, all from Hebei, were also arrested last month, the JPC report noted.
The current whereabouts of all four priests remains unknown.

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