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New Prisoner – Pastor John Cao | China

On March 5, 2017, police arrested Cao San-Qiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar’s poor. Authorities charged Pastor Cao with “organizing illegal crossings of national borders” and, one year later, sentenced him to seven years...

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Nguyen Trung Ton | Vietnam 

(Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, VOM Canada, Geneva Summit)  Protestant pastor and freedom of religion activist Nguyen Trung Ton, was arrested on July 30, 2017 at his home in Thanh Hoa. On April 5, 2018 Pastor Ton, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for...

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Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh | Iran

Christian Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh was arrested on 24 June 2016 when 30 intelligence police agents raided an engagement party at a house in the Andisheh township of Karaj, near Tehran. Everyone present was detained, including three visiting Azeri Christians from Baku,...

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Lacheng Ren Released On Bail

Lacheng Ren Released On Bail VOM contacts heard Lacheng Ren was released on bail in early 2017. However, "he rarely communicates with anyone due to severe restraint and his hurt." Please continue to pray for...

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Pastor Yang Hua Released!

Imprisoned pastor Yang Hua has returned to his home in Guizhou province on June 19th after suffering mistreatment during his two-and-a-half-year jail term. Yang was first imprisoned on December 9th, 2015, after police raided Living Stone Church. He was charged with...

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Nguyen Van Dai – Released!

Protestant church leader and lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, and a fellow member of the Brotherhood for Democracy were released from prison on June 7. and immediately put on a plane from Hanoi for Germany, according to members of his banned group and an exile pro-democracy...

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Advocacy For Prisoners In Vietnam

Ro Mah Pro Ro Mah Pro (64), was arrested in August 2010. He is a Hmong Christian from the Gia Lai province. He was charged under Article 87 for ‘undermining the unity policy’ of the 1999 Penal Code, and sentenced to nine years imprisonment, with three years’ house...

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Vietnam – Nguyen Van Dai Update

On April 5, 2018, Nguyen Van Dai, was sentenced at a court in Hanoi, Vietnam, to 15 years imprisonment and 5 years probation under house arrest, on charges of "attempting to overthrow the government", under Article 79 of Vietnam's Penal Code. Five of Dai's colleagues...

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Hadi Asgari Released!

Hadi Asgari was released on April 11 from Evin Prison. Previously, he was refused bail, but a judge reconsidered and he was set free on conditional release after posting bail. Believers in Iran are asking for prayer for Hadi as he recovers from 19 months spent in...

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Prisoner Update: Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnam

After being detained for over two years without charges, Christian lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, has finally been given a trial date. He is charged under Article 79 for alleged 'subversive activities', and will be tried by the People's Court of Hanoi on April 5.  In January,...

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Evangelist jailed in Indonesia

Abraham Ben Moses, also known as Saifuddin Ibrahim, is a well-known former Muslim and Christian apologist in Indonesia. He was active in Internet evangelism and debates with Muslim groups. Abraham, 53, was arrested on Dec. 5, 2017, after a video showing him sharing...

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New Vietnamese prisoners of faith to write to

Jonh Jonh (66) is a Hmong Christian. He was arrested in May 2012, and sentenced to nine years' imprisonment in May 2013. He was convicted under Article 87 of the 1999 Penal Code for 'undermining the unity policy'. Jonh was last reported detained in Gia Lai province....

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Gao Zhisheng update – February 2018

Update 2018 In November 2017, RFA reported that a brief audio clip was published by The Gao Zhisheng Lawyers’ Group, of Gao talking about the conditions he is being held in.  According to the report, Gao has a number of illnesses. For example, his teeth have all...

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Free Gao Zhisheng

Courtesy China Aid The Chinese government’s persecution of human rights defense lawyer and Christian Gao Zhisheng began in 2005, when the Beijing Judicial Bureau revoked his law license and ordered his practice to shut down. In December 2006, Gao was convicted of...

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