Pastor Tan Wen, Urumqi house church leader, detained againTuesday, August 6, 2013
China Aid Association Aug 5, 2013
Pastor Tan has been detained before. (See China Aid’s report dated June 9, 2013: http://www.chinaaid.org/2013/07/two-more-house-churches-raided-in.html.) Following his release from that detention, Pastor Tan and the Muen Church filed an application for administrative reconsideration with the Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau, and were also preparing to file a lawsuit to safeguard their religious freedom and rights and to protect the church’s property. Yesterday’s detention is retaliation for those actions.
The past few Sundays, China Aid has received many reports of persecution from around China, including the detention of many pastors and hundreds of believers. The persecution has been particularly severe in Xinjiang, and the house churches there have come under unprecedented pressure. This oppression, including the persecution of the Muen Church, is a serious violation of the believers’ religious freedom. China Aid calls on the Christians in China and around the world to pray for the house churches and believers that are suffering persecution.
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