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Sunday, 14 September 2008

On Monday September 15, 2008 from 3:45 - 4:45, Free Church for China, Inc. will sponsor a protest near the United Nations at Dag Hammarskjold Park (at the corner of E47th Street and 1st Avenue in NYC) calling for the immediate and unconditional release of 73-year old Roman Catholic Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo. Bishop Jia is a member of the underground Catholic Church in China and was arrested on August 24 and remains in detention for no criminal reason.


The following are among those who will speak at this protest: Ann Noonan/Free Church for China, Inc.; Reggie Garcia Littlejohn, One-Child Policy Expert/ Human Rights Without Frontiers; Jeremy Taylor/Step Up with Jeremy Taylor; Ari Hoffnung/ Riverdale Jewish Community Council.


A Visual Artists Guild banner calling for the release of Bishop Jia which was displayed on Assumption Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Pasadena, California will be on display during Monday's event. Other speakers will be announced.

 

 

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'Underground' Hebei Bishop Detained By Security Officers On Last Day Of Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

August 25, 2008 - HONG KONG (UCAN)

Underground Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was taken away from his residence by public security officers and government officials on the closing day of the Beijing Olympics.

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Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding in Hebei province, China (Photo taken in mid-2005)

A Catholic source told UCA News that the 73-year-old bishop was resting in his room in the Christ the King Cathedral compound and talking with some Catholics there when the officers took him away at 11:20 a.m. Zhengding diocese is in Hebei province, which mostly surrounds Beijing.

The incident, the source said, occurred after the prelate celebrated Sunday Mass on Aug. 24 at the cathedral in Wuqiu, a village near Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, 270 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

 

 

 

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Catholic Commission Highlights Human Rights Abuses In China PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 August 2008

HONG KONG (UCAN) -- August 15, 2008 - The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Hong Kong diocese has used the occasion of the Beijing Olympics to highlight China's human rights record.

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Shackled in stocks, three people represent basic freedoms lost to people on the mainland -- religious freedom (left), freedom of speech (center) and press freedom (right) -- during the games day of the Hong Kong diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.

On Aug. 13, the commission demonstrated outside the Chinese government's Liaison Office here, and placed an envelope containing a statement addressed to the Chinese government on the iron railings in front of the office.

The statement urges the government to improve human rights and allow greater religious freedom in the mainland, and to honor the promises on human rights and press freedom it made when it applied to host the Games.

The statement includes a list of people detained as a result of trying to protect local residents' farmlands and houses, which Chinese officials took over for construction work relating to the Olympics, as well as human rights activists such as Hu Jia, who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

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Expert: OLYMPIAD MADE CHINA WORSE PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 August 2008

BY Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

 

As the world looks forward to the Olympic Games in Beijing, little is known about the human cost of staging the event.

That’s why Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of Asia News and a veteran expert on China, has published a book in Italian on just that subject. Called The Flipside of the Medals, it is a no-holds-barred account of the continuing human rights violations in the country, and how the games are having none of the positive impact on Chinese society that many had hoped for. Father Cervellera spoke June 13 with Register correspondent Edward Pentin in Rome about the book and current Vatican-China relations.

 

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