德州美德兰（对华援助协会6月2日） (博讯 boxun.com)
China Aid Association
Contact: Bob Fu (267) 205-5210
South China Church Senior Leader Abused Again in Prison
Midland, Texas (CAA)-June 2, 2006
CAA learned recently that the arrested religious leader of South China Church, Gong Shengliang was beaten again in Hong Shan prison, Wuhan, Hubei Province. The right side of Gong's face is still swollen. According to his sister, Gong could not move his mouth for three days, and he suffered some hearing loss in his right ear.
April 18, 2006, Pastor Gong's eldest sister, Gong Shuqin, and his younger sister, Gong Shuzhen, went to Hong Shan prison to visit him and found that the right side of Gong's face was swollen. Gong told them that March 21, 2006, a prisoner named Lei, who was assigned by the prison officer to watch Gong day and night and report to the officer, had beat him without cause. This beating caused Gong's facial swelling and pain for three days.
Gong seriously suffered both physically and spiritually. The prisoner who beat Gong did not receive any punishment, on the contrary, he was praised from the prison officer, while Gong was punished by subtracting 2 merit points he had gained last year.
When Gong appealed to the prison leader and asked to have the prisoner who had beaten him transferred to another group, the prison leader refused and only had the prisoner apologize to “settle” the matter.
The request of Gong's eldest sister, Gong Shuqin, to have a "family dinner" with Gong, was refused by the prison authority and she was given only ten minutes to speak with him. The Christian books they sent to Gong were also forbidden, which actually deprived Gong of his right of freedom of faith in prison.
Gong's family has not heard from him for more than a year because the letters were all withheld by the prison. The warden even threatened to deny the visit by Gong Shuqin, "You are only a younger sister of the prisoner, we have right to reject your request of visit"
In June 2003, Gong experienced similar suffering in Jingzhou Prison, where he was once beaten unconscious and bloody, he was nearly deafened in his left ear, and lay there half-dead with no medical care. After heavy protest by the international community, he was transferred to the current prison.
CAA learned after the South China Church persecution case was reported in 2001, the Hubei Provincial Authority engaged in extreme inhuman abuse and torture against members of the South China Church. They tried to mislead the international community through international diplomatic channels and by using some misled members of the South China Church. The Chinese government tried to label the South China Church an “Evil Cult.” After an extensive independent investigation, and despite Mr. Gong Shengliang’s personal moral flaws, some of his extreme ministry teachings and acts of revenge by some church members, CAA concluded the Chinese government and its abusive agencies should be held accountable for its massive religious persecution and torture against members of the South China Church.
“The Bible teaches Christians to love others as ourselves and even to love our enemies, anyone whose actions are contrary to these teachings should take spiritual, moral and legal responsibility,” Rev. Bob Fu commented, “Meanwhile, we urge the Chinese government to hold those authorities accountable in accordance with the law, to respect the constitutional rights of the prisoners by allowing Mr. Gong to receive necessary medical treatment.”
Issued by CAA on June 2, 2006
(博讯记者：蔡楚) (博讯 boxun.com)