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ICC NOTE: Further evidence of China’s continued disregard for human rights and religious freedom can be seen in the actions taken by a local Communist Party Secretary against a house church leader. As a retaliation towards the leader for his lawsuit filed in the name of his church, he was beaten by a group led by the Communist Party Secretary. Rather than taking the issue up in court or even in a civil dispute, they resorted to strong arm tactics and physically assault He Jiyi, leader of Xialing Christian Church in Wenzhou. Making matters worse, upon both He and his wife presenting statements to the police over the incident they agreed to not sign the documents as there were many ‘discrepancies’ within the statement. 

5/17/2016 Wenzhou, China (China Aid) – In a written testimony, the leader of a house church in China’s coastal Zhejiang was beaten by a group led by the local Communist Party Secretary.

He Jiyi, leader of Xialing Christian Church, released a written report detailing a visit from Shuangyu Villiage Party Secretary Zheng Hele, and a village resident named Xu Jianyun. While attempting to pressure He into withdrawing a lawsuit that Xialing Church recently filed, Xu began to beat He thoroughly.

Later, when attempting to report the incident to the police, He discovered that the officer who had taken down his account had changed many of the details, to the point that He refused to sign it as a true account.

A translation of He’s account can be found below in its entirety.

China Aid reports on human rights violations such as the beating of He Jiyi in order to expose abuses and promote rule of law and religious freedom.
Case report from He Jiyi, the leader of Xialing church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, after being beaten by Zheng Hele and his fellows

He Jiyi

I, He Jiyi, am the person in charge of Xialing Christian Church in Lucheng District, Wenzhou. On the morning of May 8, 2016, I was preparing to go downstairs after the Sunday worship service I participate in at Xialing Church ended sometime past 11 a.m. The Party Secretary of Shuangyu Village, Zheng Hele, led Xu Jianyun, a village resident, and several other people in encircling Brother Lin Nansong, an elder at Xialing Church, and me on the second floor of the church. They asked us to withdraw a lawsuit that Xialing Church had submitted to the court two days earlier (May 6th, 2016) against an administrative demolition notice from the Shuangyu office in Lucheng District. This group showed us a withdrawal request notice that they had printed out for us to sign. I refused to withdraw the action and refused to sign the paper.

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