In China, Pastor Zhang Shaojie was detained on November 16, 2013 and arrested on July 4, 2014 for “swindling” and “assembling a crowd to disturb public order.” Reports conclude that Pastor Zhang is enduring extreme torture, including beatings, starvation, and sleep deprivation. Zhang’s family is fighting for his immediate release, but with so many reports of torture and the decline in Zhang’s health, they fear he may be the next Liu Xuiaobo. Liu, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and religious freedom activist, just died while on medical parole, after prison doctors ignored the signs of his liver cancer.
07/14/2017 China (China Aid) – After reports leaked that an imprisoned pastor in China’s central Henan province endured torture at the hands of his captors, his sister testified that her brother appeared fragile when she met with him on Friday and was not allowed to discuss events outside of the prison with him.
When Zhang Cuixia visited her brother, unjustly imprisoned Nanle Church pastor Zhang Shaojie, on July 7, she said he looked “…like a bag of bones,” and dark discoloration circled his eyes, prompting her to ask if he had been beaten. In reply, he said, “Do you need to be beaten to become like this?”
However, a few weeks ago, Zhang Shaojie’s daughter, Esther Zhang, penned a worried appeal, saying that officials repaid her father’s attempts to file a second court appeal with a strict torture regimen.
“He’s unable to see the sun during the day,” Esther Zhang wrote. “He’s deprived of sleep for 24 hours at a time. The prison gives him only one steamed bun a day and intentionally starves him. According to people who have been released from that prison, my father is barely alive, suffering both mentally and physically.”