Write to Government Officials on behalf of the following prisoners in China:

Yang Zhaocun, Wang Lulu, Cheng Yajie, Liu Yan and Zheng Lan, and Gao Zhisheng

On April 18, 2017 a court in Changji, Xinjiang, sentenced Christians Yang Zhaocun and Wang Lulu to five years in prison, Cheng Yajie to four years, and Liu Yan and Zheng Lan to three years, for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order,” after they held a private Christian event at Zheng Lan’s home. 

Their supposed crimes stem from a gathering of more than 50 Christians at Zheng’s home on March 5, 2016, where the congregants studied the Bible and listened to sermons. According to a government document, Yang and Liu were responsible for researching potential meeting places and transporting the meeting’s attendees, activities which make them accessories to crime, while the others were labeled primary criminals. When authorities raided the gathering, Yang, Zheng, Cheng, and Wang were taken into custody, while Liu was seized at her home.

All of the defendants plead innocent, and all are planning to appeal. 


Gao Zhisheng

Gao Zhisheng is a Christian human rights lawyer who has spoken up in the defence of other Christians and minority groups in China. Because of his work, he has had his legal practice shut down, and has faced arrest, torture, and long stretches of time in prison.

Gao is known as an unyielding advocate for justice in the Chinese courts, and has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In August this year, Gao went missing from his home, and his whereabouts remain unknown, however, it’s feared that he has been arrested and imprisoned at a secret site away from supporters and family again.

You can help. Raise your voice in prayer for Gao, and also consider writing to the government on his behalf.


 

Contact Address for:

United Nations Address for China  

350 East 35th Street,

New York,

NY 10016,

USA

Contact Address for:

Ambassador Wang Lutong

 2-6 Glenmore Street,

 PO Box 17257, 

 Karori,

 Wellington

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