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Release International has joined leading jurists from around the world in calling on China to stop the torture of human rights lawyersMarch 1, 2017 | admin
Leading jurists from around the world are calling on China to stop the torture of its human rights lawyers, many of whom are Christians.
Lawyers who have been tortured include Li Chunfu who has just been released on bail. The Christian is showing signs of trauma and severe mental breakdown after his ordeal, which is said to have included torture by electric shock batons.
Report tackles “deeply flawed” government thinking
A new report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has criticised the government’s equation of strong religious beliefs with terrorism. “British values” and the plans to register and inspect Sunday Schools have also come under fire.
Tasked with examining the Government’s planned counter-extremism legislation, the Committee was deeply critical, questioning the need for the plans and claiming that existing legislation already “deals appropriately with those who promote violence.”
Petition to free Christian lawyer Zhang Kai
As China continues to tear down crosses from churches in Zhejiang there are fears that every church cross in the province could be demolished by Easter.
Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, fears cross demolitions in Zhejiang and the growing crackdown against prominent Christians could be set to spread across China.