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Government Document Concerning Recent Raid on Christians’ Legal Study Session

Monday, February 28, 2011

China Aid Association
(Hubei – February 28, 2011) ChinaAid has received a copy of the government document issued last week to the Christians in Yangdang Town, Zaoyang city of Hubei, who had gathered for a lecture on their church’s legal rights defense. On February 23, police raided the meeting, confiscated property, took all the attendees to the police station, and beat several of them.
Read the full account of the raid:
Authorities in Zaoyang Municipality of Hubei Province Raid Christians’ Legal Study Session
Below is the English translation of the government document and a copy of the original

Zao Min Zong Fa Zi [2011] No. 1
Parties involved: Du Xianping and Zhao Ximei
Address: Group 6, Yangtian Village, Yangdang Town, Zaoyang City (Currently residing at Dianzi Street, Yangdang Town)

It is found through investigation that you set up a venue for religious activities, without proper approval, where you engaged in illegal religious activities. You have violated the provisions set in Article 43 of the “Regulations on Religious Affairs.” Pursuant to Article 43 of the “Regulations on Religious Affairs,” this bureau has decided to impose on you the following administrative penalties:

   1. Abolish the illegal religious activities you engaged in and the venue for illegal religious activities;
   2. Confiscate the illegal income gained through the illegal religious activities.

If you have objections to this decision, you may apply for an administrative reconsideration at Zaoyang Municipal People’s Government or Xiangyang Municipal Bureau for Ethnic and Religious Affairs within 60 days after you receive this decision statement or you can submit your administrative lawsuit directly at Zaoyang Municipal People’s Court.

Zaoyang Municipal Bureau for Ethnic and Religious Affairs

Seal: Zaoyang Municipal Bureau for Ethnic and Religious Affairs
February 23, 2011

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