Ju Dianhong | China
In 2017, Ju Dianhong was sentenced to 13 years in prison on false charges of ‘cult activity’. Ju Dianhong was accused of being linked to the Three Grades of Servants, an organisation Chinese officials view as a dangerous cult. During a 2016 government crackdown on the TGOS in Yunnan province, about 200 Christians were caught up in the raids and arrested, including Liang Qin, Zhang Hongyan, Zi Huimei, Yang Shunxiang and Zhang Shaocai, all of whom denied ever being a part of the sect. Despite this, the judge sentenced them to between four and thirteen years imprisonment.
Ju Dianhong, a devoted Christian, was accused of being one of the main leaders in recruiting members and doing missionary work on behalf of the cult. The court also said that they found the members in possession of Christian books, such as Pilgrims Progress and Streams in the Desert, which they labelled ‘evil cult materials’. During her trial, Ju Dianhong asked her lawyer, “why is it a crime to believe in Jesus?”.
No. 1 Prison for Women of Yunnan Province
Kunyang Town, Jinning District, Kunming City