Lawyers prevented from seeing detainees; leaders' whereabouts unknown
|'House church' in Henan province, pictured in late 1980s/early 1990s.|
Open Doors International
A church in eastern China has written a letter to the Chinese government, demanding permission to stage a protest against the detention of 23 members of its congregation.
The Nanle County Church in Puyang, Henan province, which comes under the ‘official’ state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), claims the majority of those detained, including the church’s leader, Fan Ruiling, “have not received a criminal charge, nor any written notice, nor have their families been told where they are detained”.
The arrests took place on November 16 and 17, after a third group of church members had visited Beijing to protest against incidents related to church property.