Updated: Exclusive: 18 indicted for being Jehovah's Witnesses



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The first page of an
indictment of 18
individuals for being
Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Updated at 5:16 p.m. on June 13, 2019

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the indictments were provided in a notice. The indictments were, in fact, written in a formal prosecutor's indictment paper.

(Urumqi, Xinjiang—June 12, 2019) Authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have indicted 18 individuals on account of being Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to a formal prosecutor's indictment paper, constituting a major religious persecution case.

Those indicted are Liu Weiguo, Lin Zaiwu, Li Yifang, Lin Jie, Jiang Xijun, Gao Xinlian, Wang Xiaoqing, Yu Bingru, Zhang Min, Jiang Jinling, Chen Meiling, Fan Tao, Wei Pengfei, Cao Lili, Ma Xiaojun, Yang Hua, Shi Xianhe, and Xu Yanli. All except for Jiang Xijun were charged with using an "evil religious organization" to incite the obstruction of law enforcement, and Jiang received a law enforcement charge for allegedly "obstructing law enforcement by organizing and using an evil religious organization."

The indictment went on to claim that the defendants violated religious management regulations by establishing a congregation in Korla, Xinjiang, and converting 63 people, among other accusations of "spreading superstition and heresy" and preventing people from joining Communist Party organizations.

Because they were targeted on account of their faith, this case constitutes a major religious persecution incident.

ChinaAid will update this report as more details become available.

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