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18 year old Haixia Tang and Huaju Chen, 30,(they are from Haihe Town, Sheyang County, Jiangsu Province) fell in love and had a baby girl in 1998. The girl’s father was 12 years older than her mother. Because Tang was not old enough to be legally married back then, the couple was not allowed to apply for a marriage certificate. The newborn daughter brought happiness into the couple's life. But three months after the birth, the county court sentenced the father to a year (from October ‘98 to October ‘99) in jail for getting involved in a bar fight. The young mother and her child ended up living in her husband’s aunt’s home. A year later, her husband returned home and registered the daughter with the local police. During the morning on May 11, 1999, Tang and her daughter were taken from their residence by some unidentified people. The 19-year old Tang was brought to a local Family Planning Office (FPO), and then jailed. While she was in jail, the guards did not even allow her to use the toilet. They also slapped her in the face several times. It was around 8:00 in the evening when the FPO staff members robbed her of her child. It has been 14 years now, and the government has never told the mother a single thing about the child or given any legal documents concerning their custody of the baby.
(New York–June 17, 2013) Confirming news reports that New York University has been pressured by the Chinese government to give him the boot, blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng said Sunday that China's Communist leadership has infiltrated U.S. academia and is threatening academic freedom and independence. Chen, who grabbed headlines a year ago when he escaped long-term illegal house arrest in his hometown and took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, said in a formal statement released by his lawyers, "The work of the Chinese Communists within academic circles in the United States is far greater than what people imagine."
(Washington D --- June 6, 2013) 30 international NGO’s jointly held the "Free China 16" press conference. The conference took place in the renowned Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, located in the Arthur and Sara Jo Kobacker Building, the same building where the 1964 Civil Rights Acts were drafted. Dozens of news agencies participated in this event, including Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, New York Times, Voice of America, and New Tang Dynasty Television.
The imprisoned nephew of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is suffering from appendicitis and has been denied medical parole, his father says. Bottles and rocks had also been thrown at their family home, he added. Chen Kegui was sentenced to more than three years in jail for assaulting local officials who were looking for his uncle, who had fled house arrest. Chen Guangcheng took refuge at the US embassy in Beijing and was eventually allowed to travel to the US. The activist - whose flight from house arrest caused a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Beijing - has long expressed fears his relatives would face reprisals.
Defendant Han Hai, pseudonym Gengxin, nickname Han Shixin, male, DOB April 16, 1953, ID number 410422195304164813, peasant, Han ethnicity, elementary school education, lives at 1, Mengzhuanghanzhuang, Yeyi Town, Ye County, Henan Province. Taken into custody on April 14, 2012 for attending a cult meeting, and on April 18, 2012, he was placed under criminal detention on suspicion of using a cult organization to undermine law enforcement. He was arrested on May 25, and is now being detained at the Ye County Detention Center.
House churches in Shandong's Linshu and Yutai counties have been ordered to close and accused of "illegal assembly," pastor Zhang Mingxuan, who heads the nationwide Protestant Chinese House Church Alliance, said on Tuesday. "They were holding a meeting in one of the members' homes," Zhang said, describing an April raid by police on a prayer service in Linshu county. "There were more than 20 people present." "The police and the religious affairs bureau officials said that this was an illegal assembly and banned them," he said. "They also fined them 20,000 yuan (U.S. $3,260)." "They were issued a notice of banning." The raids come after Shandong authorities launched a probe into local unofficial Protestant "house churches" in March. The ruling Chinese Communist Party's ideological agency in Jiaozhou city called on township Party committees and neighborhood committees to investigate fully all unofficial venues of worship in their territory, according to a Party document posted on the website of the U.S.-based Christian rights group ChinaAid.
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are forcing Muslim Uyghur students returning there for the summer vacation to attend "political study classes" ahead of a sensitive anniversary of ethnic violence and the holy month of Ramadan. "After the students get back to their hometowns, those with cell phones and computers must hand them in to the police for searching," Dilxat Raxit, Sweden-based spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress (WUC) group said on Thursday. "If they don't hand them over and are reported or caught by the authorities, then they will have to bear the consequences," Raxit said, without specifying what the consequences would be. He said local officials had already deployed buses to transport Uyghur students studying elsewhere in China back home under the watchful eye of the authorities.
NYU brass could be summoned to Washington to defend the school’s cozy relationship with Beijing after booting a blind Chinese dissident from its campus, The Post has learned. US Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) yesterday said he wants to hold hearings on Capitol Hill about NYU’s ouster of self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng under pressure from China. As The Post exclusively reported yesterday, the university — which is building a campus in Shanghai — has given Chen until the end of the month to leave because his presence rankles Chinese authorities.
(Xinyuan, Xinjiang – April 29, 2013) Last month (Sunday March 10, 2013,) a house church in Akeqi Village, Biesituobie Town of Xinyuan County of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was raided by Xinyuan County Bureau of Religion and the Public Security Bureau. They sealed the gathering site, searched and confiscated a large quantity of church property. They also detained three Christians who were released later that day. On the same day, the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs issued a “Notice of Order for Correction” which ordered the church to “stop illegal religious activities” (click to enlarge the scanned file). The persecuted believers have submitted their administrative reconsideration in accordance with the law.
(Langzhong, Sichuan–April 26, 2013) A house church pastor and 15 lay leaders in southwest China's Sichuan province were taken into police custody on Thursday at about 12:30 p.m. while they were learning to play musical instruments, ChinaAid has learned. Local police and Domestic Security Protection agents also confiscated the Langzhong house church's Western brass wind instruments. Ten believers were released the following day, but the six church leaders were administratively detained. Pastor Li Min, Wang Yuan and Li Chengxi were given a 15-day administrative detention sentence, while three others--Zhang Chuanli, Gou Shuhua and a seminary instructor whose name was not known--were given 10-, five- and three-day administrative detention sentences.