ERCC Pastor Transferred to Prison, Exact Location Still Unknown

05/13/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – According to a member from the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu, imprisoned pastor Wang Yi was recently transferred from Chengdu City Detention Center to a prison, yet the exact location has not been made clear to Wang’s family.

China Aid reports that Wang’s parents have not been able to visit their son, even though according to prison regulations, once an inmate has been transferred to a prison, the family has the right to apply for visitation.

Prisons in China have turned in-person visitation to virtual since the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet Wang’s parents did not receive permission from the government to conduct virtual visitation with their son.

Pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to nine-year of imprisonment for “subversion of state power” and “illegal business operation” last year. His wife Jiang Rong and son Shuya Wang have been placed under surveillance since. No one knows where they live now as they are banned from contacting others. Wang’s parents, on the other hand, have been closely watched at their home since December 9, 2018. They are only permitted to walk around their community and cannot move freely as they want.

Every month Wang’s parents are allowed to see Jiang Rong and Shuya once, under the surveillance from their respective guards. Wang’s mother misses her son very much and wishes to visit him in prison soon. She also hopes that she and her husband can live freely without the authorities’ surveillance soon.

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