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Chinese Christian Lawyer Reveals Torture He Faced while Imprisoned

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jun 01
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A Chinese Christian lawyer has revealed that he endured terrible forms of torture while imprisoned.

Li Heping spoke out against the human rights abuses committed by the Chinese government and was arrested in 2015, along with 250 other human rights lawyers.

According to The Christian Post, Bob Fu of China Aid, which monitors Christian persecution in China and aids Chinese Christians, said that Li and other human rights advocates were subjected to confinement in frigid jail cells, beatings, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, being given unidentified drugs, and being chained in stress positions.

Fu has strongly condemned the policies of Chinese president Xi Jinping: “Mr. Xi has re-instituted the Maoist practice of televised public confession and embraced a system of torture so horrific it demands an international response.” Xi, according to Fu, has "sought to eviscerate China's network of human rights lawyers and rights advocates, viewing their peaceful efforts at legal reform as a national-security threat."

A report by Freedom House back in March noted that as many as 100 million people, many of whom are Christians, are facing “high” or “very high” levels of persecution in China.

China ranks 39th on Open Doors 2017 World Watch List of countries where persecution is most severe.

 

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Publication date: June 1, 2017