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Evidential Briefing Chinese Authorities’ Persecution of Christians with The Church of Almighty God

TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Introduction

Appendix I: 36 Cases of Death by Persecution

Appendix II: 42 Cases of Torture Resulting in Disability

Appendix III: 10 Cases of Families and Lives

Destroyed by Persecution

Appendix IV: 43 Cases of Imprisonment of 7 Years or More

General Introduction

The Origin and Development of The Church of Almighty God

The Church of Almighty God is a Christian church founded in China in 1991. The Church came into being due to the appearance of Almighty God—the second coming of the Lord Jesus—and the truths He expressed in “The Word Appears in the Flesh”, fulfilling the prophecy of the Lord Jesus: “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:27) Accordingly, the Church is referred to by various Christian denominations as “Eastern Lightning”. The name “Almighty God” fulfills the prophecy in the Book of Revelation: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Christian doctrine originates from the Bible. The doctrine of The Church of Almighty God originates from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as well as “The Word Appears in the Flesh” expressed by Almighty God—the returned Lord Jesus of the last days. “The Word Appears in the Flesh” fulfills the prophecies of “the scroll opened by the lamb” (Revelation 1:1-5) and “the Spirit said to the churches” (Revelation 2:7, 11; 3:6).

Under the missionary purpose of making people see that Almighty God is the second coming of Lord Jesus in the last days, who has already begun the work of “judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 peter 4:17) as prophesied in the Bible, so that all Christians and Catholics who truly believe in God and love the truth can accept His words and work, and thus be taken up into heaven. This is also why The Church of Almighty God has been slandered and condemned by many religious leaders.

The Church of Almighty God officially commenced preaching the gospel to Christians of all denominations and sects in Mainland China in 1995. As of 2005, more than a million people from Christian house churches and underground Catholic churches have converted to Almighty God, including those from the Shouters sect (also known as the Local Church in the West), Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Born-Again Movement, the Sola Fide Movement, and the Great Praise sect, as well as some former non-believers. As of now, there are around 3.5 million Christians of The Church of Almighty God in Mainland China.

The Persecution of The Church of Almighty God

The Church of Almighty God is one of the most severely persecuted Christian house churches by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In 1995, the CCP issued documents listing The Church of Almighty God as an “Xie jiao” [1] and continued to cruelly suppress The Church of Almighty God in the name of “cracking down on Xie jiao”.

In 2002, the international human rights organization Freedom House released 7 internal CCP documents [2] detailing the purposes and operations of the CCP’s suppression of unregistered churches and religious groups, 6 of which were targeted at The Church of Almighty God (mentions of “All Powerful God”, “quan neng shen”, “Real God”, and “Almighty God” in the reports all refer to The Church of Almighty God). In an April 1999 report, the Minister of Public Security at the time, Jia Chunwang, emphasized the need to “Take them out without making a sound”.

Based on incomplete data, in the 2 short years between 2011 and 2013, at least 380,380 Christians were arrested, detained and/or sentenced to imprisonment, 35,330 people had their homes raided, at least 1 billion RMB was forcibly confiscated, 43,640 people were subjected to various kinds of torture by kangaroo courts, and 17 people were persecuted to death.

On June 16, 2014, the CCP launched a “Hundred-Day Battle” operation to suppress The Church of Almighty God inside Chinese borders, offering rewards of 10 million RMB for information leading to the arrest of Christians of The Church of Almighty God [3]. Concrete arrest numbers could not be tabulated due to the severity of the persecution. Despite some external media accounts, the gap between reported arrests and the actual number of people arrested is significant. At least 500,000 Christians were estimated to have been forced to flee their homes, with a portion escaping overseas.

In 2017, the CCP escalated its persecution of The Church of Almighty God. At the start of the year, the CCP commenced a “Door-knocking Operation” [4], conducting a grid search for Christians of The Church of Almighty God, establishing a database, and then making group arrests. Based on Church statistics, on July 2, 2017, at least 583 Christians were arrested in Zhejiang Province, and the number has increased to 638 as of early October 2017, most of whom are still being detained. Details of the situation cannot be obtained as family visitations are prohibited.

We have compiled some cases to help the outside world better understand the reality of the persecution suffered by The Church of Almighty God. As at the time of writing, there are 36 cases of death by persecution, 42 cases of torture resulting in disability, 43 cases of imprisonment of 7 years or more, and 10 Cases of Families and Lives Destroyed by Persecution (see appendix), as well as 38,457 arrest or persecution cases of Christians of The Church of Almighty God, all of which are published under pseudonyms on The Church of Almighty God website [5]. Compared with the number of persecuted Christians of The Church of Almighty God, this data is just the tip of the ice berg.

We hope the United States government can take notice of the reality of the persecution suffered by The Church of Almighty God in China, and provide humanitarian aid to the Christians of The Church of Almighty God seeking asylum overseas.

REFERENCES:

[1] 公通字[2000]39号 http://www.china21.org/docs/CONFI-MPS-CHINESE.htm

[2] Center for Religious Freedom, February 11, 2002. Report Analyzing Seven Secret Chinese Government Documents.

https://web.archive.org/web/20140903140032/https://www.hudson.org/content/researchattachments/attachment/566/analysis_of_china_docs_1_to_7.pdf

[3] the Central 610 Office, 2014. 全国“全能神”专项整治工作电视电话会议精神(The Spirit of the National “Almighty God” Special Remediation Work Teleconference)June 16,2014.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lt2tNyB1roTdXD23VUqWOaPq7OCSOFU4?usp=sharing

[4]Office of the CCP Henan Provincial Committee,March 31,2017. “中共河南省委办公厅关于转发《省委防范和处理邪教问题领导小组2017年工作要点》的通知 (Notice on Forwarding the “Key Work Points of the Provincial Leading Group for Prevention and Handling of Xie jiao Issues in 2017”)”

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gyWk-E8gWjFsq5i9VYqHquzkLMkDSpEy?usp=sharing

[5] Ironclad Evidence that the Chinese Government Arrests and Persecutes The Church of Almighty God, The Church of Almighty God (as of January 15, 2018).

https://www.godfootsteps.org/proofs/

Appendix I: 36 Cases of Death by Persecution

Case 1:

Xie Yongjiang, male, 43 years old at that time, was from Wugou Town, Suixi County in Anhui Province’s Huaibei City. He was a member of the Local Church, and later on joined The Church of Almighty God in 1991. On April 29, 1997, after finishing the Church affairs, he and his son-in-law Mr. Gao (24 years old at the time) and Gao’s father (54 years old at the time) were stopped by some police officers of Wugou Town Police Station, near Wugou Town. The officers recognized Xie Yongjiang from his two previous arrests due to his faith; They forcefully detained the three on suspicion of unlawful preaching and kept them in the Wugou Town Police Station. Xie’s son-in-law said, they were tortured in custody. On May 2, Xie Yongjiang’s family was notified that he had been dead at the police station at 2:00 AM that same morning. His family’s request to view his remains was denied. On May 10, the day Xie Yongjiang’s remains were cremated, his family was able to view his remains at the Suixi County Baishan Crematorium. His entire body was covered with wounds, and a welt, like a full circle, was around his neck. He appeared to be tortured to death.

Case 2:

Zhan Hongmei, female, born in 1970, was from Jiudian Township, Pingdu City, Shandong Province. Zhan Hongmei had followed her parents in believing in Jesus from a young age. In 1998, she joined The Church of Almighty God. On October 29, 2003, she was captured and her home was searched because of her preaching gospel of Almighty God. The morning of the next day (30th), Zhan’s mother-in-law went to visit her in the police station and saw she was tied up to a tiger stool, wearing handcuffs and shackles, with her hands and feet all swollen. Her face was beaten purple bruised and swollen. Zhan’s mother-in-law kneeled down to beg the police officers. The police required 3,000 RMB for releasing her because of her belief of Almighty God. Around 11 o’clock, Zhan was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. Due to serious injuries, Zhan breathed her last breath. She was 33 years old at the time. After this incident, the police officers lied and said that Zhan died due to a sudden heart attack and later also said that she poisoned herself. According to Zhan’s family, an autopsy was conducted at Pingdu City People’s Hospital. The result of the autopsy was as follows: with cuts and bruises all over, whole body bruised with subcutaneous tissue congestion in many places. The cause of death was a broken rib piercing the lungs causing great bleeding to the lungs which induced heart failure and death.

Case 3:

He Chengrong, female, 44 years of age at that time, a native of Aksu City in Xinjiang. Near the end of 2004, she became a member of The Church of Almighty God. On December 21, 2012, at around 1:00 P.M., the police of National Security Brigade of the Public Security Bureau of Aksu City was able to track her location by her phone and arrested her. In the afternoon of January 9, 2013, a police officer of National Security Brigade notified her family that on the night of the 8th, He Chengrong died due to a heart attack at the Nongyishi People’s Hospital in Aksu City. He Chengrong’s family claimed that she did not have heart disease nor did she have any history of heart attacks. On January 10, at around 4:00 P.M., He Chengrong’s family were able to see her remains. Her entire body was swollen and her skin was in an abnormal color. Bruises were evident behind her ears, on her neck and on her arms. According to an insider, when He Chengrong was taken into custody, the police tortured her. They ferociously slapped her across the face, force-fed her with hot pepper-laced water and food through a leather tube, and did not let her sleep or use the washroom day and night. On that evening, before He Chengrong passed away, she was groaning very loudly all night and it sounded like she was in extreme pain. On February 5th, the Aksu City police forcibly cremated He Chengrong’s remains.

Case 4:

Gao Cuiqin, female, 53 years of age at that time, a native of the town of Suo, located in Huantai County, Zibo City in Shandong Province. She joined The Church of Almighty God in 2003. Early morning on July 15, 2014, Gao was arrested for her belief in Almighty God by six plainclothes police officers, led by Gong Yuebing, deputy captain of National Security Brigade of Shandong Huantai County Public Security Bureau. She was then transferred to the Huantai County Detention Center for interrogation. On July 16, Gao was tortured to death. On July 17, Gao’s family were notified of her death. When Gao’s family were taking care of her remains, they saw that there were a number of red marks on her back, her face was blue, and her armpits had turned black. Gao’s family demanded to see video recordings of her interrogation, but the police refused. To conceal her true cause of death, the police claimed, “Gao had a pre-existing heart condition, which led her to death from sudden cardiac arrest.” But her family said she had no such medical history. An insider of Public Security Bureau analyzed the conditions of her death and concluded that Gao’s death was caused by (baton) electricity at very high voltage. Huantai County Public Security Bureau later provided Gao’s family with 660,000 RMB for a settlement.

Case 5:

Jiang Guizhi, female, 46 years of age at that time, was a native of Ping’yu County in Zhumadian City located in Henan Province. In November 2002, she became a member of The Church of Almighty God. Before she was killed, she was a leader in The Church of Almighty God. On January 4, 2013, Jiang Guizhi was arrested while at a Christian’s house by 8 policemen of National Security Brigade, led by the Captain Yu Hongchao. Afterwards, she was brought to the Xiyuan Hotel in Xinmi City for secret interrogation. On January 25, 2013, Jiang was transferred to Zhengzhou City’s No. 2 Detainment Center. During her detainment, Jiang’s reflexes gradually became slower. She would not eat or talk and she suffered from incontinence. After 18 days (on February 12), she died. Inside sources say that Jiang told them that the police tortured and raped her during the interrogation. They stuffed things into her vagina during this time. The second day after Jiang died, the Pingwu police station in Ping’yu County in Zhumadian City contacted Jiang’s family members and told them that she died suddenly from a heart attack. Jiang’s family claim that she never had a history of heart problems. When the family asked the police for the reason of her arrest, Police Officer Bai Shuangfeng of the Xinmi City Public Security Bureau said that it was because she was a leader of The Church of Almighty God. They had “no comment” for everything else.

Case 6:

Ye Aizhong, male, 42 years of age at that time, was a native of Shuyang County, in Suqian City located in Jiangsu Province. He became a member of The Church of Almighty God in 1999. In the morning of March 26, 2012, Ye Aizhong and another Christian were going to the Computer City in Shuyang County to repair their MP5 players and they were arrested by 2 Shuyang County plainclothes police officers. In the evening of March 27, the police took them to the Criminal Division of Shuyang County Public Security Bureau for interrogation. During this time, Ye was tortured with an electric chair and electric batons. On March 30, the Criminal Division of Shuyang County police notified Ye’s family that he had been dead on March 29 when they “drew blood from him for a health test.” Ye’s family doubted the information that the police gave them. Afterwards, to conclude the case, the police asked Ye’s family to sign a compensation agreement. They even threatened them, saying that they had to sign the paper otherwise they would not be allowed to see Ye’s remains. After Ye’s family was forced to sign, on April 5th, they were allowed to see Ye’s remains. According to the descriptions of Ye’s family members, Ye’s body deformed because of the beatings he endured. Wounds covered his body from head to toe. There wasn’t an area on his body that was not damaged.

Case 7:

Zhang Hongtao, female, 55 years of age at the time, is a native of Tianshui City, Gansu Province, and originally a member of the Wonderful Words of Life sect. She joined The Church of Almighty God in 2002. On December 6, 2012, Zhang Hongtao was captured by the police whilst preaching the gospel in Xiaochuan Town, Cheng County, Longnan City, and was taken into custody at Xiaochuan Town Police Station. The next day, the police informed Zhang Hongtao’s family that they must go to Cheng County Public Security Bureau to identify the body and told them that Zhang had died from cerebral hemorrhage. Zhang’s family saw that Zhang’s whole face was covered in bruises, unrecognizable and that there was an egg-sized lump on her head, with many bruises on her face, neck, shoulders, back and legs. They suspected that she had been beaten to death by the police and so they went to departments including the Public Security Bureau, the Provincial Public Security Bureau Criminal Investigation Department and the County government to figure out the cause of death. Several departments shirked responsibility and passed responsibility to each other, prevented Zhang’s family from investigating the cause of death stating it was on the grounds that “Zhang Hongtao believing in Almighty God and preaching the gospel were unlawful acts” and prevented and closed the case on the condition of “one-time compensation of 100,000RMB, with the body dealt with by the government.” Zhang’s family saw that there was no way to file a suit against them and eventually signed acceptance.

Case 8:

Zhang Laigu, female, from Wuhu City, Nanling County, Anhui Province, joined The Church of Almighty God in 2003. At nightfall on December 12, 2012, Zhang Laigu was spreading the gospel in Fengcheng Town, Fengxian District, Shanghai City and she was captured for no reason by eight plain clothes police officers from Fengcheng Town Police Station. She was then transferred to Shanghai Minhang District Detention Center. Whilst in custody, Zhang Laigu was persecuted to her death by the police at the age of 35 years old. The police lied to her family and told them that she had committed suicide and fabricated the false impression that she had hanged herself. Zhang’s family saw a deep ligature mark around her neck and it appeared that she had been strangled. They wanted to petition for justice, but encountered police threats and intimidation. Since then, Shanghai Public Security Bureau and Nanling County Public Security Bureau of Wuhu City, Anhui Province have sent dozens of police officers to Zhang Laigu’s mother’s home to hunt Christians and have threatened to destroy all meeting places of those who believe in Almighty God in the village.

Case 9:

Ma Suoping, female, 40 years of age at that time, was a native of Xiangning County, Linfen City, Shanxi Province. In 1999, she joined The Church of Almighty God. Before she was murdered, she was one of the main leaders of The Church of Almighty God in mainland China. According to inside sources, the police had known for a long time that Ma Suoping was one of the main leaders in The Church of Almighty God and even designated her as a “state leader level person.” Her arrest was already ordered online by the Ministry of Public Security in July 2008. The Public Security Bureau in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province had already attempted to capture Ma Suoping many times but had been unsuccessful. In the afternoon of July 17, 2009, Ma was arrested by the police in a Christian’s house, located in Luan County, Tangshan City, Hebei Province. And then she was taken to Tangshan military for secret interrogation Hostel. On July 22nd, Ma Suoping was killed by the Chinese Communist police. On July 24th, the police notified Ma Suoping’s family that Ma Suoping had already died. Ma Suoping’s husband discovered that her body was covered with bruises and scars which was caused by beating. However, the police denied that they attacked her. They claimed that Ma Suoping was captured alone on July 21st and died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:00 P.M. on July 22nd. They said that the scars and bruises on her body appeared after she died. Ma Suoping’s husband is certain that his wife has been healthy all along and that she never had any problems with her heart.

Case 10:

Wang Fengtian, female, from Zuoshan Town, Changyi City, Weifang, Shandong Province. At around 7pm on January 16, 2009, Wang was caught at home by police from Zuoshan Street Police Station and taken to the local police station. She was later taken to Weifang City Detention House and locked up. During this time, Wang was interrogated four times. When Wang was being interrogated, Christian Hai’ou who was also detained there had heard her cry. She also saw extremely heavy shackles put on Wang so that she was not able to stand up and could not straighten her back to walk. After one month, the police could not get any evidence for her conviction and then escorted three people including Wang to a hotel to set up a clandestine tribunal and extract confession through torture. According to Hai’ou, during her forced confessions, she heard the roar of the police coming from the next room and the sound of smashing and Wang’s screams. She also heard the police say that Wang was already beaten black-and-blue for refusing to confess. Half a month of forced confession later (the beginning of March), Wang was tortured to death by the police at the age of 42. Because Wang was beaten beyond recognition, too horribly to look at, the police gave her make-ups before informing her family of her death. When Wang’s younger sister went to identify the body, she saw bruises all over her sister’s back. It was obvious that she had been subject to inhuman torture and abuse before she died!

Case 11:

Zhang Zhaoqi, male, from Qin County, Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, joined The Church of Almighty God in 2001. Just after 9 o’ clock in the evening on September 8, 2005, Zhang Zhaoqi was forcibly captured by police officers whilst meeting at a Christian’s house in Jiaokou Town, Qinyuan County and later was detained at Qinyuan County Detention Center. On the evening of September 9, during the inquisition, Zhang was tortured and beaten to death with a wooden stick, at 50 years of age by Director Hao Mingzhu of Qinyuan County Detention Center. The fourth day after Zhang’s death, the police notified Zhang’s family of her death, but made no mention of the cause of her death or the location of the body, etcetera. They just used 19,000RMB to seal the matter with the deceased’s family. Zhang Zhaoqi’s relatives have never seen Zhang’s body. Several months later, Murderer Hao Mingzhu was transferred from Qin County Detention Center to the National Security Brigade.

Case 12:

Liu Jinhua, female, born in 1987, 28 years of age at that time, is from Hengdong County, Hengyang City, Hunan Province. She joined The Church of Almighty God in September 2012. In August 2014, when Liu Jinhua made copies of sermons in a rented house in Chengguan Town, Hengdong County, she was discovered by the landlord and reported. At 5 a.m. on February 2, 2015, police officers from Chengguan Town Police Station in Hengdong County lay in wait around the rental house and at around 6 o’ clock they took advantage of Liu’s unpreparedness and beat her to death. At 8 o’ clock Liu was found dead in the yard of the rented house. At noon that day, Liu’s family was told that Liu had committed suicide by jumping over the building. Her family went to Hengdong County funeral parlor and saw she had a hole the size of an egg in the middle of the top of her head and no scalp; there was a depression in her bone which had clearly been caused by a heavy blow from a hammer-like blunt object. Her family asked the police for an explanation and Police Officer He Jianheng from Chengguan Town Police Station, seeing the matter had been exposed, threatened Liu’s family with the issue of Liu believing in Almighty God and said that the State did not permit belief in Almighty God and that those who believed in Almighty God had to be captured. He also said that Liu had been monitored for a long time and that at 5 a.m. they had surrounded the rented house and made the capture.

Case 13:

Wei Xiuyun, female, a native of Feidong County, Hefei City, Anhui Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 1998. She was a passionate person. On the afternoon of November 17, 2014, two policemen of the Feidong County Public Security Bureau in Hefei City arrested Wei and raided her house. The police did not show any credentials during the process. The next day, she was transferred to the Second Detention Center in Hefei. At the detention center, Wei turned from a normal healthy person into a comatose patient in vegetative state overnight and never woke up. Her daughter discovered a scar, three centimeters long above her right ear, while combing her hair. There was no hair on the scar. On May 18, 2015, Wei Xiuyun breathed her last breath, at age 63. After Wei's death, the police dispatched fifty or sixty heavily armed policemen to wrest away her body and forbade the relatives to see it. Six months later, the police forced Wei’s family to sign a non-appeal agreement, and then returned the body to her family for cremation.

Case 14:

Zhang Ruixia, female, born in 1961, a native of Qingfeng County, Puyang City, Henan Province; member of The Church of Almighty God. She was a tender and sensible person. On June 25, 2014, more than ten policemen under Captain Ma Zhihong of the Linzhou City Public Security Bureau’s State Security Brigade in the Anyang District, Henan Province, forcibly arrested Zhang and another Christian without showing any credentials, and took them to the Linzhou City Public Security Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Brigade. More than 20 days later, four policemen of the Macun Township police station in Qingfeng County, Puyang City, raided Zhang’s house. Zhang was tortured to death during detention at age 53. After Zhang died, the police concealed the news of her death. It was not until half a year later that Zhang’s family heard the news from another Christian. When her family finally saw Zhang, she was already a desiccated, bony and unrecognizable corpse.

Case 15:

Wu Haiyan, female, 57, a native of Hejin City, Yuncheng Prefecture, Shanxi Province. She was a leader of The Church of Almighty God before she was killed. In early March 2013, the police attempted to arrest Wu Haiyan three times in a row, none of which succeeded. On July 7, 2014, at around 6 pm, Wu was arrested by the police of the National Security Brigade in Hejin City when she just came home. She was escorted to the Hejin City Discipline Inspection Commission’s Legal Training Center where she was interrogated around the clock. The police coerced her to betray the church and other Christians. They also claimed that Wu was the most prominent head of those who believed in Almighty God in Hejin City. They coaxed her daughter to persuade Wu, but Wu resolutely refused. On July 20, past five o’clock in the morning, the police arranged for Wu Haiyan and another female Christian Li Hui (pseudonym) to perform sanitation tasks, and then arranged for Wu alone to clean the glass windows upstairs. A little more than ten minutes later, Wu suddenly fell to her death from the building. The police claimed it was a suicide. However, Li Hui said that Wu did not have any signs of suicidal intention and could not have committed suicide all of a sudden. After the incident, the police strictly blocked the news, and repeatedly threatened Li Hui not to leak the news. To date, Li Hui is still being tracked and monitored by the police.

Case 16:

Shen Suping, female, 57, a native of Rugao City, Jiangsu Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in May 2007. She was a preacher of the Church before she was killed. On October 26, 2013, at noon, on the pretext of inquiring after a situation, Huang Kuiding, Gu Feng and another policeman of the Jiang’an Police Station in Rugao City lured Shen to the police station and detained her. In the afternoon, she was transferred to the Rugao Public Security Bureau. After merely one day and one night, Shen was persecuted to death. The cause of death given by the police was “myocardial infarction.” Shen’s family members said that she had always been in good health and never had cardiovascular disease at all. They found the police’s explanation unbelievable, and demanded to see the video of the interrogation, which the police refused to provide.

Case 17:

Jiang Chundi, female, is from Xinba Town, Yangzhong City, Jiangsu Province. She joined The Church of Almighty God in 2008. She was law-abiding and strong-willed. On December 13, 2012, Jiang, her daughter and others were captured by police officers from Yangzhong National Security Brigade whilst on the way home from preaching the gospel and taken to Xinba Police Station for interrogation. According to a Christian who was captured at the same time as Jiang, during the interrogation, the police handcuffed and shackled them, relentlessly kicked them and interrogated them until the early hours of the next morning. Afterward, the police forcefully escorted Jiang home and searched her house. On December 17, Jiang was persecuted to her death by the CCP, her corpse thrown into a pond, at the age of 63 years old. After Jiang died, the police released her daughter in advance and the Deputy Director of the Police Station said that Jiang had committed suicide. Her daughter said that during her lifetime, Jiang was strong-willed and that she had suffered many hardships during her life but had never thought of committing suicide. Under the police’s close scrutiny, Jiang would simply not be able to break free of their control to run to the pond to commit suicide.

Case 18:

Wu Xia, female, 56 years of age, was a native of Sucheng District in the city of Suqian, located in the province of Jiangsu. In 2003, she became a member of The Church of Almighty God. She was honest and considerate and she happily received Christian visitors. At 3:00 P.M. on September 1, 2009, police from the Liyuan Police Station in the Sucheng district were informed that Wu Xia was receiving other Christians as guests. As a result, they captured her. During the time she was in jail, Wu Xia’s family went to visit her. They were informed that during her interrogation, the police did not allow her to sleep by shining very bright lights into her eyes continuously. They forced her to tell them information about the other Christians and the Church. On September 3 at 9:00 P.M., Wu Xia’s family received a notification from the police saying that she suffered a sudden heart attack and was sent to People’s Hospital in Suqian for emergency treatment. When Wu’s family reached the hospital, the police prevented them from seeing Wu Xia. At around 12:00 A.M., Wu Xia passed away because of ineffective rescue. The police threatened Wu Xia’s family right then and there. They told Wu Xia’s family that they were not allowed to talk about how Wu Xia was tormented to death by the police or else there would be retribution of the entire family.

Case 19:

Shen Xiurong, female, 42 years of age, from Pingyuan County, Dezhou City, Shandong Province, joined The Church of Almighty God in 1998. She was a church leader. At noon on March 6, 2008, three police officers from Pingyuan County Public Security Bureau National Security Brigade, Dezhou City came to Shen’s home and captured her without showing any credentials and took her to Pingyuan County Public Security Bureau National Security Brigade for interrogation. The police forced her to disclose the situation of other Christians. When she refused, the police threatened to detain her. At around 4 o’ clock in the afternoon that day, Shen’s husband learned that Shen had fallen to her death from a Public Security Bureau building. The police said that Shen had committed suicide by jumping from a building. The suspicious part is that Shen fell from the toilet’s window on the third floor with her head facing downward and crashed on a trash container. The circumstance of her death could not have been suicide. Shen’s true cause of death cannot be known. On March 10, Shen’s remains were cremated. The Public Security Bureau of Pingyuan County paid Shen’s family 220,000RMB in compensation to keep this incident private and threatened them not to investigate this matter further.

Case 20:

Nan Xiangming, male, born in 1942, was a native of Junma Township, Liquan County, Xianyang City, Shaanxi. In October 1994, Nan Xiangming believed in the Lord and in 1999 converted to The Church of Almighty God. Nan Xiangming was honest, upright and happy to help others. In 2003, Nan built a basement room to house Church books, CDs and CD writers. On 24 July 2014, three Christians came to help Nan Xiangming and his wife renovate their basement. Unexpectedly, the police officers of Junma Township police station learned of this and the five of them were arrested. On May 14, 2015, Nan was sentenced to three years in prison by the People’s Court of Liquan County, Shaanxi Province, for the “crime of using a cult organization to undermine the law enforcement.” On July 13, Nan was transferred to Weinan Prison in Shaanxi Province to serve his sentence. Intensive labour coupled with the long period of not eating enough in the prison had resulted in a deterioration of his diabetes. Treatment was delayed due to police refusal for Nan Xiangming to receive treatment out of custody and in February 7, 2016, Nan died at 74 years of age.

Case 21:

Xu Xinyao, male, a native of Pucheng County, Weinan City, Shaanxi Province, once a member of the Hua Xuehe faction, joined The Church of Almighty God in September 2002. He was a preacher of The Church of Almighty God before he was killed. On December 10, 2012, when preaching in Fengcun Town, Dali County, Weinan City, Xu was arrested by the town police and taken to the Fengcun Town Police Station, and subsequently escorted to the National Security Brigade of Dali County Public Security Bureau for a confession by torture. That evening, the police put Xu in the custody of the Dali County Detention Center for 15 days on the charges of “believing in Xie jiao,” and subsequently extending the sentence to January 22. On the morning of January 7, 2013, Xu died in prison at the age of 50. According to insider information, prisoners at the detention center were instigated by prison guards to beat Xu gangland style whenever he sang religious hymns. He was brutally beaten on the day of death. On the morning of the 7th, Xu’s family rushed to the Dali County Hospital upon hearing the news and saw Xu’s body: both eye corners appeared purplish, right ear appeared bluish, white foam residue on the mouth, fist-sized purplish wound on the chest—symptoms of unnatural cause of death.

Case 22:

Zhang Huanfu, female, is from Zhuyang Town, Jiangjin District, Chongqing City, and originally a co-worker of a faction. She joined The Church of Almighty God in May 2000. On August 18, 2007, Zhang Huanfu hosted a Christian gathering because of her faith and was thus captured by Chongqing Municipality Yongchuan District Public Security Bureau and sentenced to re-education through labor; she served her sentence at Shimahe Women’s Re-education Through Labor Camp, Jiangbei District, Chongqing City. The first time her husband Mr. Cao went to visit her, he saw that Zhang had been beaten so much that her nose was bruised and her face swollen and deformed. During her prison term, Zhang Huanfu was forced to work 15 hours a day of overloaded labor and was often punished physically, not allowed to go to the toilet, having to urinate or defecate in her trousers and not allowed to eat. Sometimes Zhang fainted as she was so hungry, but the team leader said she was feigning madness and acting like an idiot, punched and kicked her and even the prisoners who helped Zhang suffered physical punishment. Zhang Huanfu was physically and mentally tortured and she committed suicide in prison one day in April 2009 at the age of 50 years old.

Case 23:

Wang Mingchi, male, was a native of Shen County in Liaocheng City in Shandong Province. He became a member of The Church of Almighty God in May 2002. One day in May 2006, while on his way to deliver Christian books for The Church of Almighty God in Yanggu County in the city of Liaocheng, he was captured by several police officers of National Security Brigade from Yangu County. He was sent to that County’s Public Security Bureau and interrogated and tortured for a confession. One after another, the police officers viciously slapped his ears and beat him up. For many days, they used all sorts of instruments of torture to torment Wang. During this time, Wang lost consciousness many times. The Yanggu County police charged Wang with the “crime of disrupting social order and illegally selling books” and sentenced him to 3 years of reeducation through labor. They sent him to a labor camp in Zibo City located in Shandong Province. His body was bruised and battered and his body was already extremely weak, yet he was forced to do heavy labor. Before long, he became seriously ill. His body weight fell from 90 kg to 50 kg. When the police saw that Wang was dying, they released him early on December 17th because they did not want to be blamed for his death. On the night of December 24, 2006, Wang unfortunately passed away due to his grave condition. At the time, he was 45 years old.

Case 24:

Zhang Mengling, male, a native of Zhoukou City, Henan Province. He started believing in the Lord in 1993, and joined The Church of Almighty God in 1999. In 2013, Zhang preached the gospel in Huaying City, Sichuan Province. On the night of April 2, he was caught by the police of the Huaying City Public Security Bureau. On April 5, he was escorted to Wusheng County Forced Study Base. He was subjected to torture during detention: slapped on the face, asymmetrically handcuffed on the back, chain-locked on the feet, seated on the tiger bench for over half a month, and deprived of sleep. On June 14, Zhang was escorted to the Huaying City Detention House where he was forced to work in hunger and often starved to dizziness. He was unable to get up under severe conditions. After falling unconscious for four hours on one occasion, he developed persistent hypertension. On November 18, Zhang was sentenced to three years in prison. A month later, he was escorted to Jiazhou Prison in Leshan City, Sichuan Province to serve his prison term. During that time, he was still being forced to perform heavy labor. Zhang’s health was extremely weak, and his blood pressure rose perilously. On May 9, 2016, Zhang was released upon completion of his sentence. His blood pressure was so high that he couldn’t walk. He fell unconscious at the train station. After returning home, his hypertensive conditions turned from serious to critical which defied all treatments. On September 22, 2016, Zhang Mengling’s uncontrollable high blood pressure led to cerebral vascular rupture. He was rushed to the emergency room. He died on October 5, at age 53.

Case 25:

Gao Kangyi, male, born in 1943, a native of Wenzhou City in Zhejiang Province. Gao Kangyi was in good health. He started to believe in God at the age of 17 and he became a member of The Church of Almighty God in 2002. In the evening of June 15, 2004, Gao Kangyi was arrested by Huai’an City police in Jiangsu Province while in his own home. The police searched his house and confiscated his personal money 410,000 RMB. Afterward, Gao was escorted to Jianlan Guesthouse in the economic development zone of Huai’an City for interrogation. During the half-a-month’s interrogation, the police beat him with the willow vine and electric baton, deprived him of sleep and limited his food and drink, to force him to disclose the whereabouts of the church money and other Christians. In July 2004, the Qinghe district People’s Court in Huai’an City convicted Gao of being a counterrevolutionary and a political prisoner. Gao was sentenced to one year of prison and he served his sentence at the Donghai Labor Camp in Jiangsu Province. During his imprisonment, the police forcibly took large amounts of blood from him and sold it to drug traffickers for huge profits. This lead to Gao developing severe anemia. His health deteriorated dramatically. The police were worried that their crimes would be exposed, so in the beginning of May 2005, they released Gao early. Upon returning home, Gao’s family immediately took him to hospital for treatment. He was diagnosed with severe anemia and extremely low albumin that required a unit of blood transfusion every day. In 2007, Gao’s medical conditions further deteriorated. Despite his family members had sold their last house for his treatment, in the end, they were still unable to save his life. Gao passed away on April 21, 2007 at the age of 64.

Case 26:

Chen Jun, male, from Yongcheng City, Henan Province. Chen believed in Jesus in 1987, originally a co-worker of the Local Church, joined The Church of Almighty God in 1991. On March 27, 1991, twelve people including Chen Jun went to Heilongjiang Province for a week-long gathering and were caught on the way home by local police. The 200 faith books they carried with them were confiscated. In minus four to five degree weather, the police put high-rise water boots on Chen, handcuffed him to an open-air cement pillar, poured cold water onto his head and body and poured cold water into his shoes and forced him to sit cross-legged on the ice-cold concrete floor without moving. He was punched and kicked for the slightest movement and tortured in this way for 40 days. During this time, they also accused them of “anti-party, counterrevolutionary, anti-humanity, anti-government and overthrowing political powers” crimes and paraded the twelve Christians including Chen on the streets. After 48 days in detention, Chen Jun was transferred to Henan for 2 years of re-education through labor. During this period of re-education through labor, Chen suffered from jaundice hepatitis, for which the prison authorities did not allow him treatment. They also forced him to labor excessively hard every day and if he did not complete the volume, he was not allowed to eat or sleep. … Chen was severely hurt both physically and emotionally. In August 1993, Chen Jun was released from prison. After returning home, he developed generalized edema. He completely lost the ability to work. In March 1994 and March 1995, the police twice captured Chen. The second time they saw that Chen’s medical conditions were critical and he was about to die at any moment, so they let him go. Toward the end of 1995, Chen Jun’s liver disease deteriorated beyond treatment. He died in March 1996, at just 46 years of age.

Case 27:

Liu Jixia, female, a native of Linqing City in the Liaocheng Prefecture of Shandong Province. In 1999, she became a member of The Church of Almighty God. In 2007, while Liu Jixia was spreading the gospel in Guan County in Liaocheng City, she was arrested by the police and sent to the Beiguantao Town police station of Guan County for interrogation. Then she was convicted of the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by using Xie jiao organizations” and sentenced to one and a half years of reeducation through labor. She was sent to Jinan City Women’s Labor Camp to serve her sentence. During this time, she was diagnosed as having nephritis, but the prison refused to treat her and she was even forced to perform 15 hours of hard labor each day. Moreover, she was not given enough food to eat. As a result, her condition became more and more serious. On February 9, 2009, Liu Jixia was released. At the time, Liu looked pale and sallow. Her body was weak, and she was dispirited and listless. She was diagnosed with chronic renal failure that required dialysis two to three times a week to control the disease. In October 2010, the local police station went to Liu Jixia’s home and searched her house again and ordered that Liu must go to the police station to report. Due to this incident, Liu Jixia was excessively alarmed and her kidney failure abruptly became more serious. She started experiencing symptoms such as a weak and irregular heartbeat, chest pains, shortness of breath and nausea. Her family immediately took her to various places for treatment, but due to the excessive severity of her illness, on August 20, 2012, she passed away at the age of 42. Over the past few years, in order to look after Liu, the Liu family had spent a total of 150,000 yuan, undoubtedly an astronomical sum for a peasant family, which left them heavily in debt.

Case 28:

Zheng Xiufen, female, was a native of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Since childhood she had believed in the Lord, and in 2001 she converted to The Church of Almighty God. On September 26, 2002, Shen Qiang, Director of the Ouhai District Public Security Sub-bureau, Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, along with three other police officers, went to Zheng Xiufen’s home to capture her. Subsequently, accusing her of “participating in Xie jiao and disturbing social order,” the police sentenced her to one year of re-education through labor. Zheng was transferred to the Moganshan Labor Camp in Zhejiang Province to serve her sentence. During her imprisonment, she was under strict surveillance by the prison guards, and was forced to work overtime often. Her work hour was longer than others’ by two hours, and up to 14 hours per day. She often missed the time to eat, and she was in a constant state of debilitation and dizziness. She also had to receive psychological pressure. One evening in early May 2003, Zheng suddenly felt dizzy, nauseous, uncomfortable all over. The prison guard said the prison doctor was not in the labor camp. When the prison doctor returned to the labor camp, it was past 11 o'clock in the evening, three hours after Zheng had fallen sick. Zheng suddenly died in the prison around 11’o clock that night, at 37 years of age.

Case 29:

Tian Ji’an, male, is a native of Shizhu County, Chongqing City, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On June 5, 2006, when Tian, his wife, and two other Christians were preaching the gospel of Almighty God to others at his home, over 10 policemen broke in, caught them, and raided the house. During this period, police officers cuffed Tian’s hands behind his back and beat him one after the other for more than an hour. They brutally kicked his waist, neck and head with leather shoes, causing his entire body to go black and blue. He had a fist-size dent on his waist, a sweet dumpling-sized blood blister on his shoulder, and missing hair in more than 10 areas on his head. As Tian’s injuries that night were too serious and police were afraid to bear responsibility, Tian was released and sent home. Afterward, Tian found out through a medical assessment that he had a tear in his lumbar vertebrae and a fractured skull with a thumb-sized bone fragment lodged in the brain. The bleeding coagulated and led to clogging, while the bone fragment lodged in the brain was determined to be inoperable. It was determined that he had only six or seven years to live at most. From then on, Tian experienced frequent headaches and also suffered from delirium, irrationality, spinal and chest pains. He was no longer able to work and his condition continued to worsen over the next 9 years. In the end, he died on February 25, 2016 at the age of 63.

Case 30:

Meng Guangqun, male, resident of Xinyang City, Henan province, is originally a member of the Praise Church. He joined The Church of Almighty God in October 2000. One day in December, 2012, Meng was caught for spreading the gospel and detained for 15 days by Xi County Public Security Bureau in Xinyang City under the charges of “illegal evangelizing” and “disrupting social order.” He was released after serving his punishment in full. On the morning of July 15, 2017, police from the Xi County Public Security Bureau captured Meng for his belief in Almighty God once again without showing any identification and took him down to the bureau office. Meng was forced to strip naked and the police whipped his back and buttocks with wooden sticks and leather shoes. They brutally kicked his legs and they beat him so hard that the wooden sticks broke. His buttocks and hands were smashed and his left leg was torn. Meng was beaten so badly that he could not even get up on his knees. On July 18, police from the Xi County Public Security Bureau sent Meng home with guns and said to him: You have another good think about it and give us what we want. From now on, you must report to us every Monday. If we catch you believing in God again, we will beat you to death!” On July 23, Meng was again pursued by police, who chased him into the woods until late in the night. With no escape route, he was forced to jump down from an area that was more than 3 meters high, and the fall put him in a grave condition. From then on, Meng’s mental state was extremely poor, fearfully calling anyone he saw a cop and constantly mumbling “police, police.” Due to the severity of his injuries and the excessive shock, Meng stopped eating and drinking and became as thin as a skeleton. In the end, Meng passed away in his home on the morning of August 5, 2017. He was 47 years old.

Case 31:

Hu Jinshui, male, a native of Changting County, Longyan City, Fujian Province joined The Church of Almighty God in December 2012. Because his physical condition is not good, he had to have meetings at his home with several Christians. On the night of July 18, 2016, a total of more than 20 policemen from the State Security Bureau and Public Security Bureau of Changting County, joined forces with the Xinqiao Town and Chengguan Town police stations, lay in ambush near his home and arrested all Christians who attended the meeting and escorted them to the Changting County Public Security Bureau for interrogation. Upon medical examination, he breathed with difficulty, and the police learned that Hu had pneumoconiosis, and that his medication could not be discontinued, but they ignored his medical conditions. After 4 o’clock in the early morning, the police escorted Hu to the detention center on charges of “believing in Xie jiao and disturbing social order.” The police forcibly indoctrinated him at the daytime, and kept blowing cold air at him with an electric fan at the nighttime. Coupled with the shock he sustained when he was arrested, the fever developed from his flu intensified and he had difficulty breathing. The prison guards were aware of his illness but disregarded it, letting his fever run overnight. On the morning of July 21, he was examined by a physician who determined that Hu’s life was at risk at any moment. Hu was released by the prison guards who were fearful of the liability. Upon returning home, Hu was immediately sent to the Intensive Care Unit for treatment. Due to his serious conditions, Hu died on February 23, 2017, at the age of 51.

Case 32:

Hong Zhaowen, female, born on March 28, 1964, a resident of Tanshang Village in Tianmushan Town located in Lin’an City in Zhejiang Province. She was a member of The Church of Almighty God. In February 2009, Hong had mastectomy on her left breast due to late-stage breast cancer. Before leaving the hospital, the physician repeatedly advised her not to perform heavy duty, absolutely not to lift any object heavier than 5-kilograms with her left arm, and not to do strenuous exercise, as any of these triggers could lead to the relapse of cancerous conditions that are inoperable. On December 11, 2012, Hong was caught by Yuqian Town’s police in Lin’an City while she was spreading the gospel in her village. At that time, the police forcibly handcuffed her hands behind her. Some villagers at the scene shouted that Hung had received a cancer surgery and she could not be cuffed that way, but the police ignored them. At the police station, the police carried out a nude examination on Hong Zhaowen. After that, she and the two female Christians arrested together were kept in a confinement room. Half an hour later, the police interrogated the three of them in turns. After the second interrogation, Hong Zhaowen returned to the confinement room. It was when she had severe pain from her surgical wounds. Her entire body was shaking uncontrollably. The agony made her grab her chest with both hands and cry crouching on the floor. The police ignored her. At 6 o’clock that night, she was sentenced to 10 days in detention on charges of “disrupting social order" and transferred to the Lin’an City Detention House. She was bailed out by someone on behalf of her sister on that night. After returning home, her medical conditions began to deteriorate. Two months later, she developed an unremitting fever and persistent vomit that she never recovered from. On the morning of July 2nd, 2013, she passed away.

Case 33:

Yu Futing, male, is a native of Longhe Township, Changshou District, Chongqing City. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 2005. On September 10, 2009, when gathering at a Christian’s home, Yu was caught and taken to Changshou District Duzhou Police Station for interrogation by Chief Zhang Biao of the Hexing Police Station in Liangping County, policemen of the Changshou District Duzhou Police Station and village cadres, totaling more than 10 people. The police beat him with an electric baton during the interrogation. Later, the court sentenced him to a year of labor re-education on charges of “participating in a Xie jiao organization and disrupting social order.” On September 30, Yu was escorted to the Fuling Jiangdong Labor Re-education Camp. According to Yu when he was still alive, he was mistreated and tortured by police at the labor re-education camp because of his belief in Almighty God. In winter, the prison guards instigated other prisoners to pour cold water on his head and blew cold air at him with a fan. He became ill afterward. His illness worsened day by day due to the long-term heavy manual labor, and prison guards still continued to beat and abuse him. On April 24, 2010, only when Yu was persecuted so badly that he could no longer walk or work did the police let Yu’s family pick him up. When he was released, Yu’s entire body was swollen, especially his head, and his abdomen was also swollen with hard lumps. Yu was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer after returning home. He died on October 5, 2010 despite treatment.

Case 34:

Gu Weili, female, 78, a native of Wulian County, Rizhao City, Shandong Province. She joined The Church of Almighty God in 2003. She was a receptionist for Christian congregations in church who was physically sturdy before she was killed. On March 24, 2015 at 7 o’clock in the morning, four plainclothes policemen rushed into Gu’s house and started ransacking without showing any credentials. They seized several faith books and took Gu Weili to the police station of Wulian County Public Security Bureau. In order to force her to disclose the whereabouts of the leaders and money of The Church of Almighty God, the police applied cold-torture on the nearly 80 Gu Weili (handcuffing her on an iron tiger bench for an extended period) and continued to interrogate her. At that time, the weather was frigid. Gu was handcuffed to the ice-cold iron tiger bench for interrogation up to 9 hours. Gu had a terrible stomach ache from the exposure to the cold. She was fatigued. Afraid of causing a death, the police reluctantly released her. On the way home, Gu’s weakened legs were trembling violently. She could only drag herself home slowly. She fell sick afterward and did not recover from it. On the third day (March 27) at about 9 o’clock in the morning, Gu’s son found that his mother had passed away while lying on her side on the kang (heatable brick bed).

Case 35:

Liu Limei, female, a native of Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, used to be a medical worker. She joined The Church of Almighty God in April 2006. On July 17, 2009, police officers of National Security Brigade of Shuozhou City Public Security Bureau arrested her and ransacked her house for her belief in Almighty God, and charged her for “the crime of sabotaging the enforcement of state’s laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” She was then escorted to the underground interrogation room of Shuozhou City Public Security Bureau. In custody, she had been continuously interrogated for two days and three nights. During that time, the police officers did not let Liu sleep and subjected her to punishment in the form of half-squatting for a long time. Liu was also subjected to psychological pressure. Liu collapsed to the ground several times due to suffering from severe illnesses. On July 26, 2009, her family had her released on bail, pending trial, and she was not allowed to leave the local city in one year. She was asked to regularly report to the local Public Security Bureau. In the next five years, she was subjected to constant surveillance and harassment by the police. The police often tracked and monitored Liu Limei, and often broke into her house for various reasons and warned her not to believe in God anymore. Due to the prolonged period of high tension and depression, Liu Limei suffered from severe insomnia, and her health condition worsened increasingly. In June 2014, the Chinese government executed another big round of unified arrests of Christians of The Church of Almighty God. After hearing the news, Liu Limei was forced to hide in a small house. She did not dare to go out during the day or turn on the lights at night. During that time, the police was still trying to inquire about her whereabouts. On November 16, 2014, in despair, Liu committed suicide by jumping into the river in Lüliang City, Shanxi Province, at 44 years of age.

Case 36:

Feng Yangjian, male, is a native of Pizhou City, Jiangsu Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 2005. Around 2 p.m. on April 24, 2017, the police took Feng to the station to be interrogated, using an investigation into Feng and his younger brother’s belief in God as an excuse. The interrogation room was full of torture instruments, with a thick wooden board nailed to the wall. The police seated Feng on the “tiger bench” and interrogated him for more than two hours, coercing him to disclose the whereabouts of his younger brother and other Christians. They threatened him: “If you don’t hand him over by tomorrow morning, we will take you to a detention center where there are all kinds of methods to fix you!” Feng was then released. On his way home, Feng’s complexion had turned yellow; his face was dripping with cold sweat and he could barely stand, stumbling from side to side as he walked. Under the intimidation and duress of police, Feng became anxious and burdened with tremendous fear and agony … The next morning, when the police summoned Feng, he succumbed to the stress and hung himself. He was 60 years old.

Appendix II: 42 Cases of Torture Resulting in Disability

Case 1:

Li Chunlian, female, born in 1959, is a native of Shulan City, Jilin Province. Li became a believer of the Lord in 1987 and converted to The Church of Almighty God in April 1999. On June 1, 2005, Li was spreading the gospel in Huichun City of Jilin Province. On her way home, she was captured by 3 Chinese police officers and taken to Huichun City’s Henan Police Station. During the period of her detention, Li was subject to the following torture: whipping her face, neck and chest, which knocked her molars loose on both sides; spiked handcuffs; forced squatting; scalding her hands with cigarette ends; kicking her waist and feet with leather shoes that caused her femurs to collapse and made her unable to stand on her left leg; broken elbow; blunt force trauma to the head causing severe bleeding. Li was kicked so fiercely on her back that the flesh on the seventh cervical vertebrae and on her waist was mangled and the bone was revealed, resulting in her pass-out. Li did not confess to anything during the interrogation and was transferred to Huichun Detention Center. During the period of her detention, Li was refused medical treatment due to her belief in Almighty God. Her physical condition worsened and she lost 13 kg. In September 2005, Li was sentenced to a year of re-education through labor for her belief in Almighty God, but was re-sentenced to serve her service outside the prison after she was rejected by the labor camp due to poor health condition. Li now suffers from obvious memory deterioration; her left arm cannot be straightened or use force because the fracture was not treated in timely manner; and when she walks, no weight can be placed on her left leg, which aches often. Li now can only carry out simple physical labor and has practically become an invalid.

Case 2:

Guo Jianjun, male, 50, a villager of Xiaoquan Village, Ganjun Town, Ganzhou District, Zhangye City, Gansu Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 1998. On March 29, 2003, when preaching the gospel of the kingdom in Wunan Town, Wuwei City, Gansu Province, Guo was arrested by Section Chief Wang and others of the Wuwei City’s State Security Bureau. In order to obtain the Church’s information, the police brutally tortured him for a confession, causing ulceration and suppuration in his inguinal region, dorsal area and buttocks that resulted in a splenectomy and repairing bone fractures in his right leg; his family was not notified of the surgery. On June 1, Guo was taken home because he was unconscious. After regaining consciousness six months later, he was unable to speak. Four years later, he was able to walk with a limp, but the muscular atrophy in the right leg and chronic fatigue syndrome inhibited him from working. To this day, he has been suffering from cognitive deficiency, severe memory loss and stuttering.

Case 3:

Li Ping, male, 38 years old at the time, is from Ankang City in Shaanxi Province. He started believing in the Lord Jesus in 1987, and in 1999 converted to The Church of Almighty God. On December 9, 2012, Li Ping was captured by the police while spreading the kingdom gospel. While at the Chengguan Town Police Station, the police tried to force him to betray the Church and reveal information by hitting him in the stomach, putting him onto a “tiger bench,” and deliberately opening the doors and windows to let him freeze (it was a harsh winter). They slapped him so ferociously that his gum bled, the root of teeth ached and his teeth loosened. The next day, Li was sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention for “the crime of disrupting the social order.” He was sent to a detention center in Pingli County, Shaanxi Province. Li was left with lifelong disabilities: nine of his upper jaw teeth were knocked out, leaving just five teeth, and he is no longer able to eat foods that aren’t soft.

Case 4:

Zhang Xintian, male, 38 years old, is from Xihong Administrative Village, Yucheng Town, Yutai County, Shandong Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in November of 1998. On April 3, 2003, Zhang Xintian was preaching the kingdom gospel in Tangma Township, Yutai County when he was captured by the Tangma Police Station. To get the Church information, the police ferociously pinched his ears and pulled his hairs. On April 4, Zhang was put in the Yutai County Detention Center for 45 days for “the crime of illegal cult activities, disrupting social order.” While he was in custody, the police urged other inmates to beat Zhang. The inmates tortured him: “showering him,” “washing his back,” “stamping the seal” and so on. His clothing was ripped off of him, and the other inmates used a hard rubber washboard to repeatedly scrape across his back until it is badly mangled, and then put laundry detergent on his wounds. On May 17, Zhang was fined 3,000 RMB and released. Zhang was left with serious aftereffects: He has neurodermatitis, a skin condition that cannot be cured. He experiences an itching, stinging sensation about three to five times every day which each lasts around ten to fifteen minutes.

Case 5:

Yang Zhigang, male, 40 years old at the time, is from Tanghe County, Henan Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 1998. In the evening of October 5 of that same year, six police officers from the Tanghe County Public Security Bureau and the Tongzhaipu Police Station searched Yang’s home and arrested him because of his belief in Almighty God. At 5:00 a.m. the following morning, he was put into the Tanghe County Detention Center. An Officer Guo incited other inmates to punch and kick Yang and slap him. They deprived him of food for two days in succession. After that, while trying to force Yang to disclose the whereabouts of the church leaders, the police hit him and knocked out four of his teeth. His mouth was badly damaged, and he fainted from ferocious blows to the head with a wooden rod. His left ankle was also badly beaten with the wooden rod and the bone was exposed. He fainted on the spot from a knitting needle being jabbed into the vertebrae in his neck. On November 3, Yang’s wife paid 5,000 RMB, and he was released on bail pending trial. To this day, he suffers from befuddlement and memory loss. There is one portion of his ankle bone sagged and the skin is darkened.

Case 6:

Ban Rongge, male, 46 years old this year, is from Beiheishi Village, Qijie Town, Yuanyang County, Xinxiang City in Henan Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 2008. On December 11, 2012, Ban Rongge and four other Christians were spreading the gospel in Qijie Town when they were arrested by Chen Rui, the deputy director of the Qijie Police Station, and others. On July 25, 2013, he was sentenced to four years in prison by the Yuanyang County Court for “the crime of using an evil religious organization to undermine the enforcement of the law.” While serving his prison sentence in No. 1 Prison of Henan Province, he had been strapped to a “tiger bench” for three days and three nights, and he was not allowed to eat, drink, sleep or use the washroom, and was beaten by the sole of a leather shoe. And he was forced to work excessively and passed out seven days later due to exhaustion. Later, he was fed through his nose, had chili water sprayed into his eyes, and he was also beaten by wooden planks, slapped, punched, and kicked. In the end, Ban Rongge developed a mental disorder, laughing foolishly all the time. He doesn’t have full use of his left hand and is unable to care for himself.

Case 7:

He Fenghua, female, 32, a native of Waizi Town, Xinye County, Nanyang City, Henan Province; started believing in the Lord Jesus in 1999, joined The Church of Almighty God in 2008. On August 23, 2003, she was arrested by Shayanxiang Police Station for believing in Almighty God. She was held at the Xinye County Detention Center. To obtain information about the Church, the police did not allow her to sleep for eight days and seven nights, fastened a pair of 10-kilo shackles to her feet and hung her up above the floor. This was repeated several times. When they let her down, they usually slammed her on the floor, causing her to pass out for four days. Afterward, the police sentenced her to one year and nine months of forced labor on the charge of “joining a Xie jiao organization.” In December the same year, He’s family bailed her out with 12,000 yuan. Thereafter, He Fenghua has developed herniation in four to five lumbar discs and hyperplasia in her lumbar vertebrae. She still experiences spinal pain on rainy days, and visible scars remain on her feet.

Case 8:

Zhao Liang (alias), male, 49 years old at the time, is from Gaodu Town, Siyang County, Suqian City, Jiangsu Province. He is a Christian with The Church of Almighty God. On May 9, 2003 at about 8 o’clock in the morning, Zhao Liang went to the market, and was arrested and taken to the local police station by six male officers with the Gaodu Town Police Station. During the interrogation, several officers brutally hit and kicked his head, legs, and his left ribcage with the reason, “You believe in God and participate in home Church gatherings, and this is forbidden by the government.” Zhao’s stomach was in terrible pain and he couldn’t straighten his torso. The police dragged Zhao out the main entrance to the police station and drove him away. A medical examination found that Zhao had a ruptured spleen, and after the surgery a 25-cm scar remained on his abdomen. Zhao currently suffers from serious memory loss and experiences dizziness when he becomes slightly tired.

Case 9:

Wang Chengrong, male, 36 years old at that time, is from Tongtuan Village, Tongtuan Township, Jing County, Xuancheng City, Anhui Province. He began his faith in Jesus Christ in 1991, and converted to The Church of Almighty God in March 1997. On the night of April 27, 1999, Wang Chengrong was delivering books from The Church of Almighty God. While on his way, he was held and detained by the traffic police, and was handed over to Feixi County Public Security Bureau for interrogation. The police tortured Wang, kicking and punching him, hanging him with handcuffs and handcuffing his hands behind his back, and also pushing and pulling him while his arms twisted with one elbow pointing up, the other pointing down. Nine police officers took turns interrogating him without allowing a moment of rest. Wang Chengrong was unable to bear the tortures and he leaped from the second floor, resulting in his left ankle being fractured. The police also stepped onto Wang’s fractured left ankle and rolled it back and forth, resulting in permanent disability to Wang’s left foot. Police sentenced Wang Chengrong to five years of imprisonment on the grounds of “using an evil religious organization to undermine the implementation of the law”, sending him for re-education through labor at Baihu Farm, Lujiang County, Hefei City. He was released on May 28, 2003.

Case 10:

Guo Lin, male, 28, a native of Qiaodong Town, Qiaocheng District, Bozhou City, Anhui Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 2012. On December 19, 2012, when preaching the gospel of the kingdom in Wuma Town, Qiaocheng District, Guo and more than 30 Christians were arrested by the Bozhou City’s State Security Brigade, joining forces with the city’s criminal police team, a number of township police stations and local rural cadres, totaling more than 100 agents. In order to obtain information about church leaders, Captain Shi Ruyu of the municipal criminal police team and others tortured them for confessions. That evening, when Guo was detained at the Qiliqiao Detention Center in Qiaocheng District, he was beaten viciously, sustaining a wound on the left eye that bled continuously. The bleeding later turned into discharge of white fluid, but the prison guards just sat idly by without providing any medical care, finally leading to blindness in the left eye for Guo. On January 9, 2013, Guo was released because of an unremitting fever that inhibited him from working.

Case 11:

Han Run, born January 22, 1967, is a native of Xiangyang Village, Ganzhaomiao Township, Linhe District, Bayannaoer City, Inner Mongolia. He began believing in the Lord Jesus in 1988, and joined The Church of Almighty God in 2002. On July 17, 2003, Han Run was arrested for believing in Almighty God by Vice Captain He Cai and others of the National Security Brigade of the Linhe District Public Security Bureau. In order to obtain information about the church’s money and senior leaders, the police repeatedly zapped her with an electric baton and whipped her with a spring baton until she passed out. This caused her to become psychologically unstable; she became unable to look after herself and spoke gibberish all day long, not knowing that she had to eat. She was later sentenced to 3 years in prison at the Inner Mongolia Hohhot Prison for Women. During her incarceration, the police repeatedly instigated other prisoners to torment her to aggravate her mental conditions, causing Han to lose her mind and go insane at age 36.

Case 12:

Tian Fenglin, female, 47 years of age, from Hongqi District, Xinxiang City, Henan Province. In 1997, she believed in the Catholicism and in 2003, she joined The Church of Almighty God. In March 2012, Tian Fenglin went to Wanzhou District in Chongqing City to spread the kingdom gospel. On February 27, 2013, Tian Fenglin was arrested by over twenty police officers at a Christian’s home in Wuqiao Sub-district, Wanzhou District, Chongqing City and was taken to Bayi Hotel in Zhoujiaba Sub-district, Wanzhou District for closed-door interrogation. The police officers cuffed her hand to the window rails, making her stand on her tiptoes for about two hours. As a result, her arm was disabled. Tian Fenglin was released in July 2013. She was evaluated to have a Level 3 disability by the hospital and issued with a disability certificate. Tian Fenglin was held in Chongqing City Wanzhou District Detention Center, charged with the crime of "disturbing social order."

Case 13:

Zhao Shuhua, female, 64 years of age when arrested, from Dayangshuzhen, Oroqen Autonomous Banner, Hulun Buir City, Inner Mongolia. In 1997 Zhao believed in the Lord Jesus and in 1999 she joined The Church of Almighty God. On October 28, 2003, she was arrested whilst on her way to preach the gospel by police and taken into custody at Nehe County Third Police Station in neighboring Heilongjiang Province. To obtain church information, the police punched and kicked Zhao, thrashed her with a leather belt, boxed her ears, poked her with electric batons, hung her in a "crucifix" form to a steel shelf and beat her, placed her between two tables so that her body dangled whilst a police officer stamped on her body, causing broken vertebrae and incontinence. On the 30th, Zhao was returned to the police station in her hometown. Seeing that her body had already become ninety degrees, the Director Liu Wensen did not dare re-try her and so released her. Later, Zhao was sent to a Christian's home by an acquaintance and was only barely able to take care of herself after three months. Now Zhao's lumbar spine intersects by about one inch and her back hardly has any feeling when knocked; she has numbness to the head and she is sick from fright by any movement.

Case 14:

Li Mei, female, 36 years old at that time, lives in Xushang Street, Shanghe County, Jinan City. On April 4, 2009, her house was raided and she was captured and escorted to the first floor of the Shanghe Hotel by the three police officers, including Yang Guangbao, the deputy director of the Xushang Police Station, and others from the Shanghe County Public Security Bureau. In order to obtain information on the Church, the police forced Li Mei to ingest a pill in the size of the yoke of an egg. Li Mei became delirious, and in her confusion mistakenly thought that she was informing the brothers and sisters to evade police arrests, which resulted in the identification of the homes of two Christians. On April 6, Li was detained in Shanghe County Detention Center. During her detention, because of the medication that she was administered, she was running around naked, crashing into walls and iron gates. On April 12, the Shanghe County Detention Center requested 3,000 RMB from Li’s husband to take her home on the grounds of her insanity. She was subsequently diagnosed by the hospital as mentally ill. A year later, she has gradually restored some memory, but until this day, Li Mei is always delirious and suffering from frequent headaches.

Case 15:

Yu Ming, female, 23 years old at that time, is from Mengzhuang Village, Mengzhuang Township, Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province. She joined The Church of Almighty Church in 2009. On the afternoon of July 23, 2013, Yu Ming was captured by more than a dozen police officers from the Zaozhuang Public Security Bureau at her home because of her faith in Almighty God, and she was subsequently detained at the Yuelou Detention Center in Zaozhuang City. On August 6, 2014, Zaozhuang Intermediate People’s Court sentenced her to three years of imprisonment on the grounds of “using an evil religious organization to undermine the implementation of the law,” and was escorted to the Jinan City Women’s Prison. During her detention, the prison guards did not allow her to sleep over a period of one month, and together with the intensive labor, Yu Ming ended up suffering from schizophrenia. She served her sentence and was released on July 25, 2016. Even until this day, Yu Ming is suffering from memory loss and unresponsiveness. She is unable to properly communicate with people, having silly smiles all the time.

Case 16:

Ye Jian, male, home in Longkou Economic Development Zone, Longkou City, Shandong Province, works in a glass factory of Longkou City. In 1987, Ye believed in the Lord and was originally a believer of the Justified by Faith sect, but joined The Church of Almighty God in 1998. Ye Jian did his duty well, was dedicated to service and liked to preach the gospel. One day in May 1999, Ye returned home having been out preaching the gospel for more than ten days and was suddenly as skinny as a bag of bones and absent-minded in spirit. His wife asked why and found out that Ye had been caught by the police whilst preaching the gospel and had been brutally tortured. Ye Jian said that the police tied him to an iron chair and violently slapped him around the ears until he was deafened. During the period of torture, the police did not give him food or drink for five days. At that time, Ye’s wife hurried to cook for him. During the dinner, Ye threw his bowl on the floor, and stood up to beat her wife. Ye’s wife found that Ye was mentally disordered. Ye’s family sent him to stay at Huangshan Psychiatric Hospital of Long kou City in Shandong Province, where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since Ye was persecuted and became mentally disordered, he was always discriminated and ignored by the world. In February 2012, Ye Jian died with his name uncleared, at 63 years old.

Case 17:

Li Zhen, female, 50 years old at that time, is from Jinggang Village, Yun County, Shiyan City, Hubei Province. She is a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On April 4, 2013, her house was raided by four people, including police officers from the Shiyan City Yun County National Security Brigade and the Yun County Chengguan Township Police Station, as well as Xiong Mingshan, the village party secretary. She was subsequently captured and escorted to the Yun County Detention Center. According to Ke Changrong and Cao Lian, Christians who were detained together with Li Zhen, in order to obtain information regarding the Church and Church money, on April 18, the police administered medication to Li Zhen with the excuse of lowering her blood pressure. After half an hour, Li Zhen’s face turned hot and her entire body was burning. A few days later, Li Zhen was holding her head and rolling around in pain, unable to sleep. She was delirious the entire day. Li Zhen lost control of her mind and related information of the Church due to the medication that she was given, and she was released on May 8. Li Zhen was still suffering from dementia after returning home. After a month of treatment, Li Zhen gradually restored her memory.

Case 18:

Zhang Guangcheng, male, born in 1952, is from Shankou Town, Daiyue District in Tai’an City, Shandong Province. Because of his belief in Almighty God, in June of 2009, Li Shifu and other police officers from the Tai’an City National Security Brigade searched Zhang’s home and captured him. In order to force him to tell the information about the Church, the police punched and kicked him, and tortured him: hanging him with handcuffs, handcuffing his hands behind his back, his arms twisted with one elbow pointing up, the other pointing down, and “rolling mill.” Besides, they whipped him with a wooden stick and a v-belt each for over one hour. They didn’t stop until he collapsed on the ground, motionless. While he was being transported, on the way to Shengzhuang County Detention Center in Tai’an City, Shandong Province, the police implanted the eggs of a parasitic insect into wounds on his back. On July 6, Zhang Guangcheng was sentenced to one year and 3 months, and served his time in the Zhangqiu Labor Camp in Jinan City, Shandong Province. During that time, the parasitic insects were growing all over his body. Because of the intolerable itchiness, he asked a fellow prisoner to kick him in the back leading to the rupture and removal of his spleen, resulting in a lifelong disability. To this day he is unable to perform heavy manual labor and his breathing is labored. In January, 2010, Zhang Guangcheng was released on probation due to illness.

Case 19:

Cao Jialong, male, 46 years old currently, is from Hongshan Town, Hanbin District in Ankang City, Shaanxi Province. He started believing in the Lord Jesus in 1990 and converted to The Church of Almighty God in 1998. On April 24, 2009, Cao Jialong and another Christian were arrested when they were preaching the gospel in the downtown area of Ziyang City, Sichuan Province. The police hit him in the head with a rubber baton and even ordered other prisoners to beat him. A prisoner stomped Cao’s knees fiercely, such that his legs were paralyzed on the spot and he couldn’t move, unable to care for himself. He could begin to walk half a month later. After Cao Jialong had been in custody for nearly eight months, he was released on December 12, 2009. According to a doctor’s diagnosis, the skin between his knees and leg bones was torn open and cannot be cured. To this day, he suffers from cerebellar atrophy and his head frequently experiences aches, dizziness, having a feeling of burst and heaviness. His legs are sore and numb, weak, and he lacks control over them when walking.

Case 20:

Zhang Yinghuan, female, 46 years old this year, is from Nanfu Village, Jinjing Township, Yanhu District in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province. She is a Christian with The Church of Almighty God. The morning of February 20, 2003, she and her father-in-law Chen Gongqin were arrested by the police while preaching the gospel in Yuncheng City’s Niudu Town, Linyi County. According to Chen Gongqin, in order to force them to disclose details about the Church, they tortured them: slapping them, pulling their hairs, pulling them by the ears (so severely that the ears were ripped and bleeding) and he could hear his daughter-in-law’s anguished cry from the next room. And they threatened to publicly parade them through the streets with signs hung on them that they believed in Eastern Lightning. This frightened Zhang Yinghuan so much that she could not stop crying. That evening, she jumped from the fourth floor of the building of Linyi County Public Security Bureau—her left eyeball was bulging out, one of her cheekbones was crushed in, and all of her arms and legs were broken. As a result, although her life was saved through emergency measures (the police refused to pay the costly medical expenses), since then she has had an intellectual disability; she lost vision in her left eye; the right side of her face is smaller than the left; there is a 4-inch long scar remaining on her face; and her left leg is rigid. At the time of the incident, Zhang Yinghuan was just 32 years old.

Case 21:

Liu Tao, male, 46 years old, is from Luohe City, Henan Province. On February 28, 2013, Liu was at a gathering in the home of a Christian in Chongqing. As he came down from the mountain, he was rounded off by a dozen police officers from the National Security Brigade in Chongqing. He was escorted into a hotel for a secret trial thereafter. In order to obtain information on church leaders and moneys of the church, the police tortured him for more than ten days: pouring cold water over him, hanging him by handcuffs, clamping his fingertips with chopsticks, making him sit the “tiger bench,” he was not allowed to close his eyes or sleep, even giving him three injections of poison on his left leg such that he was itchy all over and was in excruciating pain; afterward, he was given another two injections which resulted in him being delirious. In April 2014, Liu was released early with the help of a friend. Even until this day, Liu is suffering from memory loss and unbearable headaches. He has fainted three times. His left leg is handicapped and he no longer has full control of it, and he is frequently faced with the danger of kneeling forward when climbing the stairs.

Case 22:

Tan Yuehong, male, 59 years of age, Christian of The Church of Almighty God from Fuxin Town, Mianzhu City, Sichuan Province. On March 20, 2014, Tan Yuehong was arrested and his house searched by three police officers, headed up by the Director of Fuxin Town Police Station, Gu Ping, for believing in Almighty God (books of faith and 7,400RMB were confiscated). The next day, the police sent Tan to Mianzhu City Detention Center for 29 days for "the crime of disrupting law enforcement." The police brutally tortured Tan: making him sit in a torture-rack, stripping him and repeatedly grinding and stabbing his nipples with thin bamboo sticks, and then applying chili oil on his wounds, lashing him with cables, pouring icy water over him and then blowing him with a fan, etc., which triggered "myocardial infarction." Today, Tan Yuehong needs long-term medication to control the condition and minor exertion can cause symptoms such as angina or tachycardia, with emergency hospitalization needed to save his life.

Case 23:

Shen Xiangde, male, 60 years old, lives at Langshan Farmers’ Market of Jiangjin District, Chongqing. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 2004. On January 11, 2013, more than 10 police officers led by Chen Quan, the head of the National Security Brigade, raided his home and arrested him. He was detained at the old detention center in Jiangjin District. Because a receipt for over 100,000 RMB of the Church’s money was found, the police interrogated him regarding the whereabouts of this money and the leaders of the Church. They tortured Shen, with “egg incubation”, shining bright lights on his head several times, “facing the wall” with him bending 90 degrees at the waist, “standing on one foot,” as well as “having him sit cross-legged,” resulting in Shen passing out multiple times. On January 31, Shen was released on bail for the crime of “using cults to undermine the implementation of the law.” After returning home, Shen was suffering from mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and after hospital examination, it was diagnosed as “multiple cerebral infarction.” On July 8, 2014, Shen was sentenced to three years of re-education through labor for the “suspicion of organization and use of evil religious organizations to undermine the implementation of the law.” He served his sentence in the 512 Labor Camp of Yongchuan District in Chongqing. During that time, he suffered from torso edema for his entire body. He was released in September 2016. Even to this day, Shen frequently suffers from headaches, dizziness, as well as serious memory decline.

Case 24:

Zhang Wendong, male, 61 years old currently, is from Group Four of Xinsheng Village, Chengguan Town, Zhuxi County, Shiyan City, Hubei Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in February of 1999. On January 19, 2000, his home was searched by three Chengguan Town police officers. On June 30, 2007, he was captured by police officers from Chengguan Town Police Station. They beat his legs, back, and waist with a rubber baton and a v-belt in order to force him to disclose who the leaders of the church were. And they had him exposed to the sun. He fainted three times and lost bladder control. On July 6, the village secretary, Ren Yiguo, extorted 2,000 RMB from Zhang’s family, and sent him back home, unconscious. Zhang became permanently disabled. His left arm is stiff and he is unable to lift it, and his left hand is so stiff that he can’t carry things. With every weather change, he is weary and feeble all over and his back hurts so much that he can’t stand up. His memory has seriously degraded, and he has a frequent tinnitus.

Case 25:

Li Gang, male, was born on April 1, 1969. He resides at No. 132 Changning Road, Changji City, Xinjiang Autonomous Region. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 2011. On December 6, 2012, Li Gang was arrested by the National Security Brigade of the Changji City Public Security Bureau when preaching the kingdom gospel. During the interrogation, the police punched and kicked Li in order to force him to reveal information regarding the Church, and his balls and lower abdomen were seriously injured as a result. Later, he was sentenced to three years in prison for “the crime of using an evil religious organization to undermine the enforcement of the law.” While serving time, Li was forced to sit cross-legged (in the “lotus position”) for over 20 hours every day, resulting in serious nerve damage to his tailbone and lumbar vertebrae. They also forced him to go long periods of time without using the bathroom, leading to incontinence. His left eardrum and the mandibular condyle of his jawbone were injured from the blows, so he frequently has tinnitus, ear pain, and difficulty in chewing. Li was forced to take psychiatric medications for as long as half a year, leading to disorientation and severe head and eye swelling and pain. On July 10, 2015, he was released on medical parole due to serious condition.

Case 26:

Li Xiufeng, female, 46 years old at the time, is from Zhupang Village, Weishe Township, Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province. She started believing in the Lord Jesus in 1987 and converted to The Church of Almighty God in 2002. On August 30, 2003, Li was captured for spreading the gospel, and was taken to Xinghua City’s Linhu Police Station and then the Xinghua City National Security Brigade. In order to get information on the Church, the police slapped her, suspended and beat her, and handcuffed her hands behind her back. Her arms were twisted, with one elbow pointing up, while the other pointing down. For nine days and nine nights, she wasn’t allowed to close her eyes, and was only permitted to drink four small bowls of thin porridge. On September 9, the police detained her in the Xinghua Detention Center for 15 days for “the crime of disrupting social order.” Based on a doctor’s diagnosis, Li suffered sensory and neurological hearing loss in both ears. She cannot use either arm for heavy work to this day. She suffers memory loss, hears a buzzing sound in her head, and has had long-term insomnia. And because she was starved, now as soon as she feels hungry, she feels a sense of panic and suffers dizziness and blurred vision.

Case 27:

Li Guiping, male, 44 years old at the time, is from Sanjingli Township, Yucheng County, Henan Province. He joined The Church of Almighty God in 1999. July 27, 2007, Li Guiping and five other Christians were attending a home Church gathering when eight police officers captured them and brought them to the Yucheng County Detention Center. In order to gain information on the Church and its money, the police punched and kicked Li, handcuffed his hands behind his back, his arms twisted with one elbow pointing up, the other pointing down, administered electric shocks, hit his face and head with a leather shoe, hit his fingernails with chopsticks, and whipped his body with a belt. He lost hearing in his left ear on the spot from the beating. In mid-August, Li was sentenced to one year and six months of hard labor for “the crime of unlawful assembly, disrupting the social order.” In the Shangqiu Labor Camp, he performed 14-15 hours of labor every single day, and was frequently beaten by the guards. He was released in January of 2009. After a medical examination, it was confirmed that his left eardrum was ruptured with a frequent buzzing sound in his left ear.

Case 28:

Zhang Yuxin, female, was 38 years old at the time. She resides in the Jian’an District of Xuchang City in Henan Province and is a Christian with The Church of Almighty God. On January 12, 2013, when Zhang Yuxin and a few other Christians were in the middle of a gathering, the home was raided by seven police officers from the Public Security Bureau in Xuchang City, and they were captured. They were brought to Hotel Peninsular in Xuchang for interrogation. In order to get information on the Church leaders and the Church’s money, they slapped, punched, and kicked Zhang, and only allowed her to eat once in three days and four nights. After that, they locked her up in the Xuchang Detention Center, and she was sentenced to imprisonment for “the crime of undermining the implementation of national law.” After being in custody for 37 days, she was released on bail pending trial. According to a doctor’s diagnosis, her meniscus, a port of the knee joint, is only partially connected and her posterior cruciate ligament is dislocated. One of the four major tendons is severed.

Case 29:

He Yunlan, female, born July 13, 1950, a native of Wupi Town, Anyuan District, Pingxiang City, Jiangxi Province; Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On December 5, 2012, when preaching the gospel of the kingdom in Changfeng Village, Nankeng Town, Luxi County, Jiangxi Province, he was arrested by Chief Xu Guangping and others of the Nankeng police station. To press for church information, the police brutally tortured her, forcefully jabbed her forehead with fingers and slapped her, causing the loss of hearing in her ears. She was released at midnight on the same day. She was later diagnosed by the hospital of having neurological tinnitus and deafness. She has yet to recover to-date.

Case 30:

Ding Xiuli, female, 55, is a native of Shahe Village, Gumudi Township, Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. She joined The Church of Almighty God in April 2003. On December 6, 2012, Ding and other Christians were arrested by the police while preaching the kingdom gospel in Fangcaohu. In order to obtain information about the church, the police tortured Ding by pouring cold water on her (it was minus-20 degrees Celsius at the time), inserting pins into her toenails, and punching her forehead with their fists. Ding was pulled onto the road to be subjected to the cold 3 times in an hour, and was tormented for 3 days and 3 nights straight, during which she was not allowed to eat, drink or sleep. Ding developed severe frostbite on the soles of her feet and her toes rotted; yellow fluid kept seeping from her soles. She was later sent to the Nongliushi Wujiaqu Detention House on the charge of “suspicion of using an Xie jiao to undermine the enforcement of laws.” She was released on January 13, 2013. Thus far, Ding Xiuli has suffered from severe rheumatism in both feet and legs. Her memory has regressed significantly, to the point where she immediately forgets things she has just said. She also regularly suffers from headaches and swelling.

Case 31:

Wu Hui (a pseudonym), female, 40 years old at that time, is from Feng County, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province. She is a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On June 25, 2004, Wu Hui and her husband were captured on the road by police dispatched from the Songlou Police Station in Feng County, due to their faith in Almighty God. In order to obtain information regarding the whereabouts of the Church’s money, they pulled handcuffs on their wrists, pulled their hair, hit their heads, violently punched the back of their heads, and repeated such tortures multiple times. Three police also took turns to ruthlessly beat Wu’s shins with a bamboo stick, causing her to pass out. The next night, Wu and her husband were released. After Wu returned home, her head and her face were in such pain that they cannot be touched, her wrists were in such pain that she did not dare move them, her calves were suffering from such agony that she was unable to walk. She was dizzy and nauseous all the time, with her head spinning, and she didn’t dare open her eyes. Afterward, the hospital diagnosed her as suffering from a severe concussion, and she has since been stabilized with medication. Even to this day, Wu is still suffering from cerebrovascular atrophy.

Case 32:

Huang Weidong, male, 43, a native of Beiquan Town, Shihezi City, Xinjiang Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 2006. Due to his belief in Almighty God, on September 7, 2012, he was arrested, and his home raided, by Captain Xu Zhengdong and others of the State Security Brigade in Shihezi City. That evening, he was held at the First Detention Center in Shihezi City. On July 3, 2013, he was sentenced to four years in prison for the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by organizing and utilizing a Xie jiao organization.” He was later sent to Nongbashi Beiye Prison, subjected to over-10-hour high-intensity labor daily and lack of nutrition. In January 2014, he started to experience dizziness, nausea, fever and edema in the lower limbs. In April, his condition became worse; when the symptoms developed into generalized edema and shortness of breath, he was clinically diagnosed of having incurred pulmonary heart disease. He was released on 29 October 2016. To the present, he has experienced frequent oppression in the chest and shortness of breath.

Case 33:

Wang Yuzhen, female, 63, a native of Zhong He Village, Sanhui Town, Zhong County, Chongqing City; joined The Church of Almighty God in August 2005. On August 24, 2010, due to her belief in Almighty God, Chief Shen Fei and three other policemen of Sanhuizhen Police Station intruded in her house, arrested her and raided her home. At Sanhuizhen Police Station, in order to force her to tell them certain things about the church, the police tortured her: seating in torture-rack, slapping, squatting, reverse cuffing, suspended cuffing, and random beating with electric baton. Wang’s left arm was broken; her arms and legs were beaten black and blue. On September 24, Wang Yuzhen was retrieved by her family. In the subsequent three and a half years, she could not take care of herself. Up to now, there is a 6-inch scar on her left arm, she is unable to use her left hand to do any heavy work, and she experiences pain when the weather changes.

Case 34:

Lin Fang, female, 45 years old at the time, is from Shangluo City, Shaanxi Province. She is a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On December 14, 2012, Lin Fang and five other Christians were preaching the gospel in Taoping Village, Luanzhuang Town, Danfeng County, Shangluo City. They were captured by eight police officers and were escorted to the Luanzhuang Town Police Station. In order to obtain information on the money and information of the Church, the police grabbed Lin Fang’s hair and slammed her head against the wall, causing her to pass out. After Lin woke up, they hit the right side of her face and her right ear with books, as well as kicked her calves. Thereafter, the police detained Lin and the others in Danfeng County Detention Center for 12 days on the grounds of “illegally believing in an evil religious organization and disrupting social order.” After Lin Fang was released, her right eye, mouth, and the right side of her face were still twitching, and the doctor diagnosed them as hemifacial spasm disorders. Even to this day, Lin Fang’s right eye continues to twitch intermittently, her eye is swollen and sore, and she suffers from blurred vision. When her right eye is twitching, there is a roaring noise in her ears. She is suffering from headaches. Her face and mouth are crooked to the right side due to twitching.

Case 35:

Zhu Haiqing, male, 46 years old at that time, is from Saihan District, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. He began his faith in Jesus Christ in 2004 and converted to The Church of Almighty God in 2007. On April 14, 2013, Zhu Haiqing and two Christians gathered at the home of a Christian in Yuquan District, Hohhot, and were intercepted and captured by police from the police station in Xiaoheihe, Yuquan District. The police interrogated him regarding the Church, violently hitting Zhu Haiqing’s head with a wet towel, causing Zhu’s left eye to go blind on the spot. Zhu requested medical treatment and was rejected. The next day, Zhu was transferred to the detention center in Hohhot. On April 19, Zhu’s elder brother questioned the police about Zhu’s condition and the police released Zhu. Thereafter, the hospital diagnosed him as suffering from lens subluxation of the left eye, macular damages, and his pupil can no longer be restored to its original location. Zhu’s left eye is permanently disabled and is still suffering from blurred vision.

Case 36:

Bai Jingshan, male, 52, a native of Qiaodong Town, Qiaocheng District, Bozhou City, Anhui Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 1999. On December 19, 2012, when preaching the gospel in Yanji Town, Qiaocheng District, 31 Christians including Bai Jingshan were arrested by the Bozhou City’s State Security Brigade and Criminal Police Team, joining forces with a number of local police stations and local rural cadres, totaling more than 100 agents. Captain Shi Ruyu and others of the Criminal Police Team inflicted brutal torture on Bai: torture-rack ride, cold water splash, slapping, force-feeding mustard oil, clubbing on the fingers, toes and head, and poking on the waist with electric baton, causing serious dislocation of five cervical vertebrae to Bai Jingshan that resulted in paralysis for over three months. At present, he is unable to do heavy work and experiencing numbness and twitching throughout his body. Before this, Bai was held at the Qiliqiao Detention Center in Bozhou City for a month.

Case 37:

Zhang Yunqiang, male, 27 years of age when arrested, from Zhengtan Village, Xuzhen Town, Nanling County, Anhui Province. In 1987, Zhang believed in the Lord Jesus and in 1996 he joined The Church of Almighty God. At around 7 pm on the evening of October 10, 1997, Zhang Yunqiang and Brother Li were arrested by five police officers from Suncun Town Police Station whilst spreading the kingdom gospel to Mr. Zhu in his home on Old Street, Suncun Town, Fanchang County, Anhui Province. At that time, the police punched and kicked both Zhang and Li for over half an hour. After escorting them to Suncun Town Police Station, to grill them for church information, the police hit Zhang hundreds of times with a police baton, which broke the skin on his back. On October 26, Zhang was taken into custody at Fanchang County Detention Center. On December 10, Zhang was sentenced to two years of forced labor under the charge of "disturbing social order." During this time, Zhang's right index finger was fractured by a rotavator, causing a life-long disability due to lack of treatment.

Case 38:

Cai Dongju, female, 43, a resident at 252 Building 3, Seventh Residential Quarter, Shihezi City, Xinjiang Province; started believing in the Lord Jesus in 1997, and Almighty God in 2008. In the afternoon of December 7, 2012, when preaching the gospel of the kingdom in Shihezi City, Cai Dongju and other Christians were arrested by two policemen for “disrupting social order” as a pretext and taken to North 1st Road Police Station. To force Cai to disclose about her position in the church, the police repeatedly battered her, put her on the torture rack, dragged her down a staircase, etc. The following morning, Cai was abandoned in the junkyard behind the Shihezi City People’s Hospital. Since then, Cai Dongju has been afflicted with cerebral concussion. She always hears a ring inside her head, frequently experiences migraine headache and dizziness, blurred vision in the right eye, deteriorated hearing in the right ear, seasonal back pain and limited mobility.

Case 39:

Zhu Bihe, male, is 66 years old. His wife Xu Guangfang is 66 years old. He is from Dasimiao Village, Faguan Town, Shanyang County, Shangluo City, Shaanxi Province. The Zhu couple began their faith in Jesus Christ in 1983, and they converted to The Church of Almighty God in 1997. On January 25, 2000, Zhu was captured by the police from the Faguan Town Police Station. In order to obtain information of the Church, the police slapped Zhu’s face, made him perform air squat, repeatedly poked him in the waist and legs with an iron awl, violently beating him with a bamboo plank, causing Zhu to pass out. Later, Zhu was detained on charges of “promoting an evil religious organization, disrupting social order and opposing the Chinese Communist Party.” The next day, Zhu’s son bailed him out of prison. Zhu had injuries all over his body and was bedridden for three months. Even to this day, Zhu has tremors on his hands, he is unable to perform heavy manual work, and suffers from unbearable pain in his waist and legs during rainy days. On June 28 of the same year, several police officers from Shanyang County Public Security Bureau led by their head broke into Zhu’s home and took away Xu. At the police station, the police punched and kicked Xu, violently slapping her face, causing deafness to Xu. Afterward, Xu passed out and was kept in custody in the detention Center. She was administered some medication by the police after she woke up that caused Xu to lose memory. Half a month later, Xu’s son paid 8,000 RMB to bail Xu out. Even to this day, Xu is suffering from deafness, loss of memory, unresponsiveness, and inability to perform manual work.

Case 40:

Xiaoxiao (a pseudonym), female, 34 years old at that time, is from Liuxin Town, Tongshan District, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province. She is a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On January 23, 2004, when she went out early in the morning, she was mistakenly thought to be someone illicitly putting up commercial posters and was reported by a sanitation worker. After materials concerning religious belief were searched by the staff member of the Environmental Protection Bureau, she was escorted to Xiguan Public Security Bureau of Fengcheng Town, Feng County, Jiangsu Province. Afterward, she was escorted to the Xuzhou Kuishan Party School Hostel, to be tortured and interrogated. During that time, Zhao Ciyun and other police officers from the Feng County National Security Brigade repeatedly punched and kicked her, slapping her on her face dozens of times, handcuffing her hands behind her back, her arms twisted with one elbow pointing up, the other pointing down while forcefully pulling her around, violently hitting her hips and legs with thick wooden planks, and so on. Such tortures resulted in serious deformation of her face, one of her front teeth being knocked out, and a loss in her sense of smell. She was detained for two years. Even to this day, she is suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss. Prior to that, she was detained in the Xuzhou Feng County Detention Center.

Case 41:

Qiu Zhen, female, 54 years old at that time, is from Yingli Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. In the early morning of July 2, 2009, because of her faith in Almighty God, Qiu Zhen was arrested by four police officers in her house and was taken to the Yingli Township Police Station and Shouguang City Detention House. In order to interrogate her for information regarding the church, during the interrogation, the police violently slapped Qiu Zhen’s face with a fly swatter, hitting the back of her head with their fists, violently kicking her left leg with their leather shoes, scalding her arms with cigarette butts (with over 40 scars). The torture went on for five days and five nights, resulting in Qiu Zhen passing out multiple times. Thereafter, her left leg was so swollen that she was unable to walk, and the hospital diagnosis was that the artery in her leg has ruptured. Qiu Zhen’s son paid 20,000 RMB, and she was finally released. Until this day, her left leg is still swollen and suffers from pain. She is unable to work. Her lumbar disc is herniated. She suffers frequent dizziness and tinnitus.

Case 42:

Ms. Lu, 36 years old, is from Beishao administrative Village, Chengguan Township, Cao County, Heze City, Shandong Province. She began her faith in Jesus Christ in 1994, and converted to The Church of Almighty God in 2001. On February 16, 2002, due to her faith in Almighty God, Ms. Lu was arrested after three police officers from the National Security Brigade of County’s Public Security Bureau broke into her house. Afterward, she was brought to the county’s No. 2 Hostel affiliated to the county government for an interrogation. The police interrogated Ms. Lu regarding information of the church, kicking and punching her, violently kicking her knees, as well as forcefully rolling her left knee for around two minutes while stepping on her knees. Thereafter, she was detained at the Cao County Beiguan Detention Center with the charge of “believing in Almighty God.” On March 11, 2002, Ms. Lu’s family paid 14,000 RMB through their connections such that she can be released on bail. Since that time, Ms. Lu’s legs were permanently disabled, with fluid trapped in her left knee. It cannot be bent due to great pain. She cannot squat down, and walks with a limp.

Appendix III: 10 Cases of Families and Lives Destroyed by Persecution

Case 1:

Du Jinchang, male, 51 years old, native of Changchun City, Jilin Province; joined The Church of Almighty God in 1999 and later became responsible for printing books for the Church. In May 2002, Du’s faith was discovered by the National Security Brigade of the Kuancheng District Public Security Bureau in Changchun City, forcing him to flee his home. Afterward, Du’s wife was often taken away by police to be interrogated about Du’s whereabouts. Du’s mother, older sister, and younger brother (all believers of Almighty God) were all forced to flee in order to evade the investigation and capture of police. In July 2002, Du’s brother-in-law was arrested and beaten by police because he was driving Du’s car. In September 2003, Du’s younger brother was captured by Changchun National Security Bureau and detained for 15 days, during which he was subjected to torture and interrogated about Du’s whereabouts. In 2007, unable to cope with the threats and intimidation of police from the city’s National Security Bureau over the past 4 years, Du’s 12-year-old son committed suicide by hanging himself. In the same year, Du’s wife, who was the director of a hospital department, nearly had a mental breakdown and started regularly talking to herself due to being constantly summoned and interrogated by police, and was dismissed by the hospital. To break free from the pestering of police, Du’s wife applied to the court to have him declared deceased and publish his death in the newspaper. She then remarried. In August 2013, Du fled to South Korea to seek asylum.

Case 2:

Zhang Guoliang, male, 69 years old, native of Juancheng County, Heze City, Shandong Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On September 12, 2009, more than 10 officers from the National Security Brigade of the Heze City Public Security Bureau and the Juancheng County Public Security Bureau broke into Zhang’s home and confiscated church money of 300,000 RMB. While Zhang was being taken to Juancheng County Public Security Bureau, remaining police officers trashed Zhang’s home as they interrogated Zhang’s wife, He Lanying (67 years old). The shock caused her to have a heart attack and collapse on the sofa. The next day, the Juancheng County Public Security Bureau summoned He Lanying to its offices to be interrogated. Unable to cope with police pressure, she hung herself 2 days later. On September 15, Zhang was transferred to Juancheng Detention Center and forcibly subjected to hard labor every day. On September 22, Zhang was released pending trial after paying a fine of 10,000 RMB (no receipt).

Case 3:

Chen Jian, male, 69 years old (at the time), resident of Weishang Village, Huangtan Town, Jiangle County, Sanming City, Fujian Province, driving a tricycle for a living, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On April 27, 2015, Chen’s tricycle was borrowed by a Christian to transport books of The Church of Almighty God and became involved in a car accident. Chen fled out of fear of being arrested after police from the Jiangle County Chengguan Town Police Station found out that the tricycle belonged to him. Chen’s wife Wu Chunniang also fled with him to escape the police, who often came to their house to interrogate her about her husband’s whereabouts and about their faith. Due to her daily anxieties over being captured, Wu suddenly had a stroke and was hospitalized. Ten days after Wu was discharged, the police once again came to interrogate her about Chen’s whereabouts. The police intimidation caused Wu’s health to deteriorate and worsen, and she died 5 days later. In May 2017, the police still came to Chen’s house to interrogate his daughter about his whereabouts. Chen continues to be on the run, but his voice has become irreparably hoarse due to mental stress. He has a hernia but is too afraid to go to the hospital for treatment.

Case 4:

Xiao Hua (alias), female, 61 years old (at the time), native of Luzhou City, Sichuan Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On December 22, 2012, 6 police officers captured then detained Xiao Hua and her husband when they were preaching the kingdom gospel at a village in Luzhou City. Due to Xiao and her husband’s belief in Almighty God, the police disqualified Xiao’s grandson from becoming a civil servant, souring her relationship with her non-believing eldest son (and father of the grandson). In April 2013, local police repeatedly went to Xiao’s home to intimidate her into divulging information about the Church, and forced her and her husband to sign their names on materials blaspheming against God. After being intimidated and pestered many times, Xiao’s husband suddenly fell ill and became bedridden. On July 28, people from the government went to pester the elderly Xiao and her husband, causing the latter to pass away two days later. However, the police did not let Xiao’s family go. On September 20 of the same year, 12 people including the village chief, police officers and government officials forcibly raided Xiao’s house, interrogating her on the whereabouts of her youngest son’s wife (also a believer of Almighty God) and taking her youngest son to the police station. On July 31, 2014, 5 police officers once again went to Xiao’s house to force her to give up the whereabouts of her youngest son’s wife.

Case 5:

Gu Hongxi (alias), male, 63 years old, native of Song County, Luoyang City, Henan Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. In May 2006, Gu was reported to authorities by a snitch for his belief in Almighty God. Five officers from the local police station and the National Security Brigade of the Public Security Bureau raided his home and confiscated a DVD concerning religion and a book of hymns. Gu was able to hide in time to avoid capture, and slept in the fields that night as he was afraid to return home. He has since lived in a state of anxiety. On a December morning of the same lunar year, 4 officers from the Public Security Bureau captured Gu and detained him for half a month. He was released after his family paid a fine of 740 RMB. However, his wife fell ill due to her anger over the fine and died in less than a year.

Case 6:

Chu Jiasheng (alias), male, 44 years old, native of Henan Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. In July 2008, people from the local police station forcibly raided Chu’s home. Chu was able to escape unharmed as he was not home at the time. To avoid police capture, Chu remained terrified of returning home and changed his location 8 times over 5 months. As Chu was on the run, several hectares of farm work was forced upon his frail and sickly wife, while his 3 children had to quit school. Overwhelmed by shock and exhaustion, Chu’s wife passed away on February 20, 2009. The police even used his wife’s funeral to seek out Chu’s whereabouts. Chu’s life and family were brutally destroyed by police for his belief in Almighty God, leaving him with a dead wife, a home he cannot return to, and 3 lonely children in their teens left to fend for themselves.

Case 7:

Zhou Xinhui (alias), female, native of Zhejiang Province, and a Christian of The Church of Almighty God. On October 20, 2009, Zhou’s husband was captured by 2 police officers for his belief in Almighty God. The next day, 4 officers from the security bureau turned Zhou’s house upside down and threatened to not let her husband go unless he handed over church money of 300,000 RMB. To avoid police pestering, Zhou was forced to leave her home. Later, Zhou’s relatives cobbled together 300,000 RMB to pay for her husband’s release. Zhou’s husband worked extremely hard to pay back the debt, but fell seriously ill a year later due to overwork and mental trauma. He was diagnosed with late-stage cancer following a hospital check-up. On October 13, 2011, upon becoming aware that Zhou was looking after her husband at the hospital, the police again went to interrogate her about the whereabouts of the church money, forcing Zhou to bid a tearful farewell to her terminally ill husband and flee again. Two months later, Zhou’s husband passed away.

Case 8:

Zhang Zhigang and Guo Suzhe (aliases), husband and wife, 52 years old (at the time), natives of Nanyang City, Henan Province, and Christians of The Church of Almighty God. On September 28, 2005, the couple’s home was raided by 5 police officers from the city’s Public Security Bureau before they were captured and taken to the bureau office. The next day, they were transferred to a detention center. On November 7, Guo was sentenced to 1 year and 3 months of re-education through labor. She was released after 114 days of detention due to a fist-sized abscess on her waist. Her husband, Zhang, was sentenced to 1 year of re-education through labor. He died from illness shortly after completing his sentence. To avoid being recaptured by police, Guo has been forced to leave her home and drift about on her own.

Case 9:

Wen Jing (alias), female, 60 years old (at the time) and living in Qinghai Province. Wen, her husband, her second son, and second daughter-in-law all believed in Almighty God. In December 2012, her second son and second daughter-in-law were captured by the Chinese police one after the other for preaching the gospel. Her second son was sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment, while her second daughter-in-law was sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment (served outside prison). Wen and her husband were also summoned to the Public Security Bureau for interrogation. On February 24, 2013, Wen’s husband was again summoned by police and was cuffed, kicked and beaten, and detained for several days. The police also extorted 5,800 RMB from Wen’s youngest son. Wen’s husband often became depressed after this and subsequently passed away on May 30, 2015.

Case 10:

Chen Yunlin (alias), male, 45 years old (at the time), resident of Caolin Village, Caolin Town, Suichuan County, Jiangxi Province, joined The Church of Almighty God in 2008. On December 12, 2012, Chen and 3 other Christians had just left after preaching the gospel in Caolin Town when they were intercepted by 4 police officers on the road and taken to Caolin Town Police Station. Afterward, the Suichuan County Court sentenced Chen to 3 years’ imprisonment at Ji’an Prison in Jiangxi Province for “the crime of using evil cult organizations to undermine the implement of national law.” Chen’s mother went insane because she could not bear the raids and interrogations of police, and died 3 years later. Chen’s face was deformed by police torture and he still suffers from headaches as an after-effect.

Appendix IV: 43 Cases of Imprisonment of 7 Years or More

Case 1:

Xiao Fangzhen, female, 47 years of age, is a native of Shunqing District, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province. She started believing in the Lord in 1992. In 2003, she became a member of The Church of Almighty God. Before she was arrested, she was a co-worker in the Church. On the night of March 20, 2014, Meng Changjun, a member of a special investigation team from the Anti-Xie jiao Brigade of the Department of Public Security in Sichuan, along with more than 10 plainclothes police officers charged into Xiao’s home. They took both Xiao and her husband to Chengdu Huaxi Hotel for secret interrogation. During this time, the police did not let Xiao to sleep or rest for 9 days and 9 nights. On March 29, Xiao was escorted to the Legal Education Center in Ziyang City, where he was subjected to psychological pressure. In May, she was transferred to Xichong Detention Center in Nanchong, Sichuan for imprisonment. On December 9, 2015, Xiao Fangzhen was sentenced to 13 years of imprisonment on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” She was also deprived of political rights for 3 years. Xiao’s family appealed against this sentence. On December 29, 2016, Nanchong City Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province affirmed the original sentence. On May 12, 2017, Xiao Fangzhen was transferred to Jianyang City Women’s Prison in Sichuan Province to serve her sentence. Her prison term would last until February 23, 2027.

Case 2:

Dong Qihong, Male, 42 years of age, a native from Pukou District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. On May 16, 2013, Dong Qihong was captured by Huaiyin Branch of the Public Security Bureau of Huai’an City for printing the books of The Church of Almighty God. On June 2, Dafeng Public Security Bureau in Jiangsu detained Huang Qihong as a criminal for the suspected crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing a Xie jiao organization.” Afterward, they imprisoned Huang in Dafeng City Detention Center. On July 9, Dafeng Public Security Bureau officially apprehended Huang Qihong. In November 2014, Dong Qihong was sentenced by the People’s Court of Dafeng City to 12 years of prison for the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” as well as depriving him of political rights for 4 years. He was sent to Hongzehu Prison, Sihong, Suqian, Jiangsu to carry out his sentence. He will remain in prison until June 1, 2025.

Case 3:

Wang Lianyu, male, 44 years of age, a native of Changchun city in Jilin province. At around 6:50 A.M. on March 28, 2014, more than 20 plainclothes police officers were sent by the National Security Brigade of Changchun’s Public Security Bureau to invade Wang Lianyu’s house. After searching the house for more than three hours, they detained Wang Lianyu and his wife and sent them to Changchun Public Security Bureau. On December 31, 2014, Shuangyang District People’s Court in Changchun City sentenced Wang Lianyu to 10 years of prison for the crimes of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” because of his believing in Almighty God and printing 10,000 books of God’s word for the Church. Furthermore, he was sentenced to 2 additional years for “illegal imprisonment,” because he invited gospel friends to stay overnight for several days in 2001. In all, he was sentenced to 12 years of prison for the 2 crimes. On January 15, 2015, Wang Lianyu was sent to Jilin Province Gongzhuling Prison, to serve his sentence. His prison term will end in 2026.

Case 4:

Shi Xiuli, female, 53 years of age, a native of Shanxi Province. In March 2009, Shi Xiuli was captured by CCP police officers in Henan Province for believing in Almighty God. In April of the same year, the police notified Shi’s family of her capture. According to Shi Xiuli’s mother, in the beginning of June 2011, the police notified Shi Xiuli’s family that they could visit her in Henan Province. At that time, Shi Xiuli’s hair was disheveled and face and body was covered with wounds. Her husband could barely recognize her. The details about Shi Xiuli’s being arrested and interrogated were not made known to her family. On June 9, 2011, Shi Xiuli was sentenced to prison for 11 years and 6 months by Zhengzhou City Intermediate People’s Court in Henan Province for “the crime of sabotaging the enforcement of laws by organizing and utilizing evil religious organizations.” Currently, she is serving her sentence in Henan Province Women’s Prison. Her prison term will end in 2023.

Case 5:

Wang Guimei, female, 55 years of age, a native of Gaomi City in Weifang, Shandong province. Around 4:00 A.M. on October 31, 2014, Wang Guimei and four other Christians were resting in a Christian’s house which located in Jiaozhou City in Qingdao, Shandong. Dozens of Police officers from the National Security Brigade and Criminal Police Team of Jimo Public Security Bureau and the local police stations of Jiaozhou City suddenly rushed in. Under the pretext that Wang Guimei and the others believed in Almighty God and they were related to the May 28 murder case of Zhaoyuan, Shandong, the police forcibly captured them and brought them to Jimo Public Security Bureau. That bureau considered Wang Guimei as one of the main co-workers in the Qingdao branch of The Church of Almighty God and they illegally imprisoned her in Pudong Detention Center of Jimo City for more than 2 years. On April 28, 2017, Jimo People’s Court pronounced a sentence in the courtroom of the Detention Center in Jimo, Shandong. On the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” Wang Guimei was sentenced to 10 years in prison, deprived of her political rights for 2 years and fined 100,000 RMB. Wang Guimei is currently serving her sentence in Pudong Detention Center, Jimo, Qingdao, Shandong. Her prison term will last until December 30, 2024.

Case 6:

Shi Guifeng, female, 48 years of age, a native of Lanzhou City in Gansu Province. One day in November 2013, while transporting some books for The Church of Almighty God, Shi Guifeng was captured by Anning district (located in Lanzhou City) police. On November 29, 2013, Shi Guifeng was sent to Lanzhou City No. 1 Detention Center. According to what her family members said, in May 2015, they received a notification that was sent by the Anning District People’s Court on April 20, 2015. This was when they found out that Shi Guifeng was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Anning District People’s Court on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by organizing and utilizing evil religious organizations.” Currently, Shi Guifeng is serving her sentence in Gansu Women’s Prison. Her prison term will last until November 28, 2023.

Case 7:

Zhao Hongyan, female, 54 years of age, a native of Lanzhou City in Gansu Province. On December 1, 2013, while Zhao Hongyan was transporting some books for The Church of Almighty God, she was captured by the police officers of Chengguan Police Station (located in Anning District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province), on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of the laws by utilizing evil religious organizations. According to Zhao Hongyan’s husband, in January 2014, when he went to Chengguan Police Station, he found out that when his wife was arrested, she had more than 10,000 RMB with her. The police confiscated that money claiming that it was “swindled.” Near the end of 2015, Zhao Hongyan was sentenced to 10 years of prison by Lanzhou Anning People’s Court. Currently, she is serving her sentence in Gansu Women’s Prison and her prison term will end in 2025.

Case 8:

Zhou Xiangyun, male, 44, a native of Jiangyin City, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. On May 17, 2013, Zhou Xiangyun was arrested by the Public Security Bureau, Tinghu Branch, of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, on charges of participating in the printing of the Church of Almighty God’s religious books. He was accused of production of illegal publications such as books for the organization of ‘Almighty God,’ propagating Xie jiao, sabotaging the implementation of state laws and administrative regulations. On June 3, Zhou Xiangyun was placed under criminal detention by the Dafeng City Public Security Bureau. In November 2014, Zhou was sentenced to 10 years in prison and deprivation of political rights for 3 years by the People's Court of Dafeng City on charges of "sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations." At present, Zhou Xiangyun is serving his prison term in Hongze Lake Prison, Sihong County, Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, until June 2, 2023.

Case 9:

Hu Weijun, male, 49 years old, is from Huaiyin District in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province. On May 17, 2013, Hu Weijun was arrested by officers from the Tinghu Branch of the Yancheng City Public Security Bureau in Jiangsu Province because he was involved in printing books for The Church of Almighty God. His crime was referred to as: unlawful production of books and other propaganda materials for The Church of Almighty God, promotion of a Xie jiao, and undermining the implementation of national law and administrative regulations. On June 4, Hu Weijun was subjected to criminal detention by the Dafeng City, Jiangsu Province Public Security Bureau for “suspicion of using a Xie jiao organization to undermine the enforcement of the law.” He was later put into custody at the Dafeng City Detention Center. July 9 of the same year, his arrest was carried out. December 15, 2014, the Dafeng City Court in Jiangsu Province sentenced him to 9 years in prison and 3 years of deprivation of his political rights for the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On January 8, 2015, Hu Weijun was transferred to the Hongze Lake Prison in Sihong County, Suqian City, Jiangsu Province to serve out his sentence, which lasts until June 3, 2022.

Case 10:

Jia Xiuhua, female, 52 years old, is from Henan Province. On November 28, 2011, she was arrested by the police because of her belief in Almighty God. During her arrest, interrogation, and sentencing, her family received no notification from any public security or procuratorial organ. They knew nothing about Jia Xiuhua’s arrest. According to her husband, on November 16, 2015, he was notified to visit her in the Henan Province Xinxiang Women’s Prison, and it was only then that he learned that she had been sentenced to 9 years in prison and would not be released until February 12, 2020. Jia Xiuhua is currently serving out her sentence at the Henan Province Xinxiang Women’s Prison.

Case 11:

Liu Huiming, female, 48 years old, native of Jian’ge County, Guangyuan City, Sichuan Province. On March 21, 2014, seven to eight police officers raided Liu Huiming’s rental house in Bailong Town, Jian’ge County. On that day, Liu was detained by police from the Jian’ge County Public Security Bureau, under the criminal charge of “suspected organization of and use of evil religious organizations to undermine the implementation of law” and was escorted to Guangyuan City Detention Center. On April 11, Liu Huiming was released on bail pending trial. On April 28, she returned to her home and then she was summoned four or five times by the local police station. On June 3 of the same year, Liu Huiming was summoned again. Since then she has not returned home, nor has her family received any notices from the public security bureau or the public prosecutor’s office. Later, it was found out that Liu Huiming was sentenced to 9 years of incarceration, and she is currently serving her sentence in Chengdu Women’s Prison in Sichuan Province.

Case 12:

Chen Xiaoying, female, 51 years old, native of Miaogao Town, Langzhong City, Sichuan Province, joined The Church of Almighty God in 2012. On March 20, 2014, because of her belief in Almighty God, Chen Xiaoying was captured in Mianyang City Economic Development Area in Sichuan Province by the local police. Afterward, the police framed her and said that around 20,000 pieces of gospel publications were discovered in Chen Xiaoying’s rental house, and Chen was forced to sign the testimony. Around May of 2015, Mingyang City People’s Court sentenced Chen Xiaoying to 7 years of incarceration. Chen appealed against her case, and ultimately she was sentenced to 9 years of incarceration by Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court, and stripped of her rights to appeal. Chen Xiaoying is currently serving her sentence in Chengdu Women’s Prison in Sichuan Province.

Case 13:

Li Naiying, female, 58 years old, native of Wulian County, Rizhao City, Shandong Province. On June 25, 2014, a total of eleven police officers belonging to the National Security Brigade of the Wulian Public Security Bureau and the Jietou Police Station of Wulian County forcefully searched Li Naiying’s house without showing any identification. Later, they seized her to the Jietou Police Station under the name of “disrupting public order.” That night, Li Naiying was transferred to Rizhao Legal Education Center. On July 1, the Wulian County Public Security Bureau criminally detained Li Naiying under the name of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations” and seized her to Rizhao City Detention Center. On December 16 of the same year, Wulian County People’s Court sentenced Li Naiying to 8 years of incarceration under the name of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by organizing and utilizing evil religious organizations.” On that day, Li Naiying was imprisoned in Shandong Province Women’s Prison, to serve her sentence until June 30, 2022.

Case 14:

Jiang Xuelian, female, 46 year olds, native of Jingde County, Xuancheng City, Anhui Province. On July 16, 2014, Jiang Xuelian and another Christian were followed and captured by the police from the Criminal Division of Ningguo City Public Security Bureau, Anhui Province. On July 21, Jiang Xuelian was unlawfully detained in Xuancheng City Detention Center. After this time (the exact time is unknown, as her family did not receive a verdict) the Ningguo City People’s Court used the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by organizing and utilizing evil religious organizations” to sentence Jiang Xuelian to 8 years of incarceration, and she was imprisoned in Hefei City Women’s Prison, Anhui Province to serve her sentence. Later, Jiang Xuelian raised an appeal. On December 8, 2016, the Xuancheng City Intermediate Court of Anhui Province upheld the original sentence.

Case 15:

Wu Binrong, male, 42 years old, native of Yushan Town, Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province. On May 18, 2013, Wu Binrong was forcibly captured for his belief in Almighty God by police officers from the Hengxi Town Police Station of Jiangning District, Nanjing City. On that day, Wu Binrong was criminally detained and transferred to Jiangning District Detention Center. On December 25, his arrest was carried out. According to Wu’s family, ever since his arrest, the police did not notify them with any information. Only on January 16, 2014 did the police of Jiangning District call Wu’s wife and mother-in-law on the telephone and ask them to send clothes to Wu Binrong. On August 1, 2014, Wu was transferred to Jiangning District Detection Center. On December 2, 2014, the Jiangning District People’s Court of Nanjing City sentenced Wu Binrong to 8 years of incarceration for the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On December 24, Wu Binrong was transferred to Suzhou Prison, Jiangsu Province, to serve his sentence, until May 17, 2021.

Case 16:

Huang Zhaochun, male, 53 years old, native of Lishui County, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. On May 17, 2013, Huang Zhaochun was captured by Dafeng City Public Security Bureau for being involved in publishing faith books for The Church of Almighty God. On June 3, police officers of the Public Security Bureau of Dafeng City, Jiangsu Province criminally detained Huang Zhaochun under the name of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations” and then transferred Huang to custody in Dafeng City Detention Center. On July 9, the Dafeng City Public Security Bureau arrested Huang Zhaochun. On November 2014, under the name of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” Dafeng City People’s Court sentenced Huang Zhaochun to 8 years of incarceration and deprived him of political rights for 2 years. On January 8, 2015, Huang Zhaochun was imprisoned in Hongze Lake Prison, Sihong County, Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, to serve his sentence until June 2, 2021.

Case 17:

Zhou Yongyu, female, 57 years old, native of Shunqing District, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province. On the evening of September 25, 2014, for believing in Almighty God, Zhou Yongyu was captured by seven or eight plain-clothes police officers laying in ambush in her home and seized to a “brainwashing class” in Qianzhugou, Gele Hill, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing City. On November 11, Zhou Yongyu was transferred to Shapingba District Detention Center, Chongqing City, and again to Beibei District Detention Center, Chongqing City, on November 26. On April 22, 2016, the Beibei District People’s Court in Chongqing City sentenced Zhou Yongyu to 8 years of incarceration under the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations” and imprisoned her in Chongqing City Women’s Prison.

Case 18:

Zhang Guoqing, female, 49 years old, native of Shunqing District, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province. On March 20, 2014, Zhang Guoqing was arrested in her home by Zhang Xiao and others of the National Security Brigade of Gaoping District, Nanchong City, and then seized to Xihua Shida Hotel in Nanchong City for questioning. On March 29, Zhang was transferred by the Anti-Xie jiao Section of Sichuan Provincial Public Security Department to undergo brainwashing by the Sichuan Province Ziyang City legal Education Center. On May 9, she was transferred to Nanchong City Detention Center, Sichuan Province. On December 9, 2015, the Shunqing District People’s Court of Nanchong City, Sichuan Province sentenced Zhang Guoqing to 8 years of incarceration under the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” Zhang’s family was dissatisfied and raised an appeal. On December 29, 2016, the Nanchong City Intermediate People’s Court of Sichuan Province announced the original sentence is to be maintained. On May 12, 2017, Zhang Guoqing was imprisoned in Sichuan Provincial Women’s Prison, to serve her sentence until February 23, 2022.

Case 19:

Tang Fucheng, male, 52 years old, native of Tianquan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province. On December 18, 2012, Tang Fucheng was captured by the Hanyuan County Public Security Bureau while spreading the gospel in Hanyuan County, Ya’an City. In April 2013, the Hanyuan County People’s Court of Ya’an City, Sichuan Province sentenced Tang Fucheng to 8 years of incarceration for “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On October 11 of the same year, Tang Fucheng was imprisoned in Qionglai Prison of Sichuan Province. According to Tang Fucheng’s wife, during Tang’s arrest and sentence, the family never received any detaining warrant, arrest warrant, or court notice.

Case 20:

Hou Fengying, female, 45 years old, native of Xiangcheng City, Henan Province. When performing church work in Xiaoweizhai Town, Duyun City, Guizhou Province, she was captured by the Public Security Bureau of Duyun City, Guizhou Province. The exact time of capture is unknown. According to Hou’s family, after her arrest, her family did not receive any custody warrant, criminal judgment warrant, or notification of imprisonment, but only a notification of arrest. Only then did they realize that on January 25, 2013, Hou Fengying was arrested by the Public Security Bureau of Duyun City, Guizhou Province, under the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” and was detained at the Duyun City Detention Center. After she was imprisoned, her family was notified through her letters that she has been sentenced to 8 years of incarceration. Currently, Hou Fengying is serving her sentence at Guizhou Province No. 1 Women’s Prison.

Case 21:

Guo Juan, female, 50 years old, is a native of Xihu District, Benxi City, Liaoning Province. On June 22, 2013, six or seven police led by police captain Liu Fuyan of the Xihu District Police Station in Benxi City blew open the home of Guo Juan and others with dynamite. After entering and raiding her house, she was taken to the Benxi City Public Security Bureau Police Dog Training Base for questioning. According to the knowledge, this arrest is a result of the preplanned entrapment by the Chinese Communist Party entitled the “Spring Thunder Action.” In order to arrest Guo Juan and others, the police even opened a barbecue restaurant under their home and put them under surveillance, tracking them for as long as half a year. On July 29, Guo Juan was officially arrested and detained at Caibei Detention Center in Benxi City, Liaoning Province. On July 28, 2014, the Xihu District People’s Court of Benxi City sentenced Guo Juan to 8 years of incarceration under the crime of “using Xie jiao organizations to undermine the implementation of law and administrative decrees.” On December 23, 2014, Guo Juan was imprisoned in Masanjia prison district of Liaoning Provincial Women’s Prison, to serve her sentence until June 22, 2021.

Case 22:

Yang Likun, female, 60 years old, is a native of Xifeng County, Liaoning Province. On June 22, 2013, six or seven policemen, including the police captain of Shuguang Police Station of Lishan District, Anshan City, Liaoning Province, intruded into the Christian’s house where Yang Likun was living in. After raiding their house, Yang Likun and three other Christians were forcefully taken to Shuguang Police Station and individually questioned at the charges of “being involved in using Xie jiao organizations to undermine the implementation of law” for their belief in Almighty God. That evening, Yang Likun was imprisoned in the Women’s Detention Center of Anshan City, Liaoning Province. On July 29, 2013, Yang was officially arrested. On September 23, 2014, the Lishan District People’s Court of Anshan City, Liaoning Province sentenced Yang Likun to 8 years of incarceration under the crime of “using Xie jiao organizations to undermine the implementation of law” and imprisoned her in Liaoning Provincial Women’s Prison until June 21, 2021.

Case 23:

Bi Pengyan, female, 48 years old, a native of Mongolian Autonomous County of Fuxin City, Liaoning Province. On June 22, 2013, six or seven police officers, and the police captain of Shuguang Police Station of Lishan District, Anshan City, Liaoning Province intruded into the home of the Christian’s house where Bi Pengyan lived. After raiding their house, Bi Pengyan and two other Christians were forcefully taken to Shuguang Police Station and individually questioned on the charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations” for their belief in Almighty God. That evening, Bi Pengyan was imprisoned in the Women’s Detention Center of Anshan City, Liaoning Province. On September 23, 2014, the Lishan District People’s Court of Anshan City, Liaoning Province sentenced Bi Pengyan to 8 years of incarceration for sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations and imprisoned her in Liaoning Provincial Women’s Prison until June 21, 2021.

Case 24:

Song Qingguo, male, 39 years old, a native of Fengcheng City, Liaoning Province. On June 13, 2013, Song Qingguo and around ten other Christians were publishing Christian books of The Church of Almighty God in a printing plant in Shenhe District, Shenyang City. Around 20 police officers, from Quanyuan Police Station of Shenhe District in unison with the Public Security Bureau of Shenyang City, suddenly intruded into and raided the plant. Song Qingguo and the other Christians were detained at the Police Station. On June 15, Song Qingguo was criminally detained by the police on the charges of sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations. On July 19, Song Qingguo was officially arrested and transferred to Shenyang City Detention Center. Song Qingguo was able to call his wife only around April of 2015 to inform her that he has been sentenced to 8 years of incarceration. Currently, Song Qingguo is imprisoned in Dongling District Prison, Shenyang City.

Case 25:

Tian Guohua, male, 51 years old, from Sheyang County, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province. On May 17, 2013, Tian Guohua was arrested by the police from Yandu District Public Security Bureau of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province for participating in the printing the book of The Church of Almighty God, on the charge of “illegally producing books and other promotional material for the ‘Almighty God’ organization, promoting a Xie jiao, and undermining the implementation of national laws and administrative regulations.” On June 2, Tian Guohua was placed under criminal detention by Dafeng City Public Security Bureau of Jiangsu Province before being taken to Dafeng City Detention Center. On December 15, 2014, Dafeng City People’s Court sentenced Tian Guohua to 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment and deprivation of political rights for one year on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On January 8, 2015, Tian Guohua was escorted to Hongzehu Prison in Jiangsu Province for a term of imprisonment until December 1, 2020.

Case 26:

Wang Huanhuan, female, 24, a native of Guangde County, Xuancheng City, Anhui Province. On July 16, 2014, several police officers of the Ningguo City Public Security Bureau’s criminal police team, Anhui Province, broke into a tailor shop and arrested Wang Huanhuan. On July 21, Wang Huanhuan was escorted to the Xuancheng City Detention Center. Afterward (specific time unknown), the Anhui Province People’s Court in Ningguo City sentenced Wang Huanhuan to 7 years and 6 months on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” Wang objected to the judgment and filed an appeal. On December 8, 2016, the Intermediate People’s Court of Xuancheng City, Anhui Province, ruled to uphold the original sentence and escorted Wang to the Hefei City Women’s Prison in Anhui Province. On January 19, 2017, Wang Huanhuan was transferred to a labor reform farm to continue serving her prison term.

Case 27:

Song Rongmin, female, 43 years old, from Xinyang City, Henan Province. On December 24, 2012, when Song Rongmin and three other Christians were spreading the gospel of Almighty God in Xi County, Xinyang City, they were arrested by Xi County Public Security Bureau under the charge of “believing in a Xie jiao.” On December 25, Song Rongmin was taken under guard to Xinyang City Women’s Prison. Later (specific time unknown), Xinyang City Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Song Rongmin to 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment. In April 2014, Song Rongmin was escorted to Henan Province Women’s Prison in Xinxiang City. According to Song’s sister, during Song Rongmin’s arrest and sentencing, Song’s family were completely unaware until May 2015, when Song’s family received a paper of criminal judgment from the Women’s Prison and learned that Song Rongmin had been arrested and sentenced.

Case 28:

Fan Pingping, female, 36 years old, from Duyun City, Guizhou Province. Around December 15, 2012, Fan Pingping was arrested by the police in a Christian’s home in Duyun City, Guizhou Province for believing in Almighty God. On December 21, Fan Pingping was placed under detention by Duyun City Public Security Bureau and detained at Duyun City Administration Detention Center for fifteen days and then held at Duyun Detention Center. After that (specific date unknown), Duyun Municipal People’s Court sentenced Fan Pingping to 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On March 18, 2015, Fan Pingping was locked up at Guizhou First Women’s Prison to serve her sentence.

Case 29:

Pei Jing, female, 38 years old, from Xinyang City, Henan Province. On December 24, 2012, Pei Jing and three other Christians were arrested by Xi County Public Security Bureau whilst spreading the gospel of Almighty God in Xi County, Xinyang City on the charge of “believing in a Xie jiao.” On December 25, Pei Jing was escorted to Luoshan County Detention Center in Xinyang City. In the spring of 2014, Xinyang City Xi County People’s Court sentenced her to 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment on the charge of “believing in a Xie jiao.” Pei Jing was then escorted to Henan Province Women’s Prison in Xinxiang City to serve her sentence.

Case 30:

Fu Peipei, female, 37 years old, from Shengsi County, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province. On May 17, 2013, Fu Peipei was arrested by police from Jiangsu Province Yancheng City Public Security Bureau Tinghu Branch for participating in printing the books of The Church of Almighty God, on the charge of “illegally producing books and other promotional material for the ‘Almighty God’ organization, promoting a Xie jiao, and undermining the implementation of national laws and administrative regulations.” On June 2, Fu Pei Pei was placed under criminal detention by Dafeng City Public Security Bureau of Jiangsu Province and later detained at Dafeng City Detention Center. On December 15, 2014, Dafeng City People’s Court sentenced Fu to 7 years and 3 months’ imprisonment and deprivation of political rights for 1 year for “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On January 8, 2015, Fu Peipei was escorted to a women’s prison in Jiangsu Province to serve a sentence of imprisonment until September 1, 2020.

Case 31:

Liu Jing, male, 50 years old, from Lianshui County, Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province. On May 17, 2013, Liu Jing was arrested by police from Jiangsu Province Yancheng City Public Security Bureau Tinghu Branch for participating in the printing the book of The Church of Almighty God, on the charge of “illegally producing books and other promotional material for the ‘Almighty God’ organization, promoting a Xie jiao, and undermining the implementation of national laws and administrative regulations.” On June 3, Liu Jing was placed under criminal detention by Jiangsu Province, Dafeng City Public Security Bureau and was then taken into custody at Dafeng City Detention Center. On December 15, 2014, Dafeng City People’s Court sentenced Liu Jing to 7 years’ imprisonment and deprivation of political rights on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On January 8, 2015, Liu Jing was escorted to the Hongzehu Prison in Jiangsu Province to serve a sentence of imprisonment until June 2, 2020.

Case 32:

Wang Zengxiu, female, 45, a native of Wulian County, Rizhao City, Shandong Province. On October 27, 2013, Wang Zengxiu and her husband were forcibly arrested at their shop by the chief and another plainclothes policeman of Yuli Town police station and taken to the police station for interrogation separately. Afterward, the police escorted Wang Zengxiu’s husband to raid their home. On the morning of October 28, the police of the Wulian County’s National Security Brigade escorted Wang Zengxiu to the Legal Education Center in Rizhao City. On November 8, the police formally arrested Wang on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations,” and transferred her to the Rizhao City Detention Center. On October 16, 2014, the People’s Court of Wulian County, Shandong Province, sentenced Wang Zengxiu to 7 years in prison. Wang is currently serving her prison term in No. 2 Women’s Prison in Jinan City, Shandong Province.

Case 33:

Hu Dan, female, 36, a native of Hanzhong City, Shaanxi Province. On December 21, 2012, Hu Dan was arrested and interrogated for 7 days and nights by the police of Xinyuan police station of Hanzhong City for participating in the printing of The Church of Almighty God’s faith books. On December 28, the police escorted Hu Dan to the Hantai District Detention Center in Hanzhong City. On April 16, 2013, the Hantai District Court of Hanzhong City secretly put Hu Dan on trial without informing her family. On September 29, 2014, Hu Dan received the judgment from the Shaanxi Provincial High Court, sentencing her to 7 years in prison on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws.” On November 12, 2014, Hu Dan was escorted to the Shaanxi Women’s Prison to serve her prison term.

Case 34:

Miao Qin, female, 54, a native of Hancheng City, Weinan District, Shaanxi Province. On April 12, 2013, a total of seven policemen from the Xi’an City Public Security Bureau of Shaanxi Province and Baqiao Public Security Bureau of Xi’an City broke into the Sangshuping Coal Mine Printing Plant of the Hancheng Mining Bureau contracted by Miao Qin’s husband, arrested Miao Qin and 5 other Christians for “engaging in illegal printing,” seizing and sealing the printing plant. On April 13, the police escorted Miao Qin to the Baqiao District Detention Center in Xi’an City, and subsequently escorted her to the Legal Education Base in Xi’an City for forced study for half a month. On December 26, 2013, the Baqiao District Court in Xi’an City sentenced Miao Qin to 7 years in prison on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” Miao Qin filed an appeal, but was forced to abandon it due to intimidation by the judge. On March 17, 2014, Miao Qin was escorted to the Shaanxi Women’s Prison to serve her prison term until April 11, 2020.

Case 35:

Wu Weiling, female, 33, a native of Tanzhou Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province. On December 22, 2012, village cadre Liang Weiwen of Xīnhe Village, Tanzhou Town, broke into the home of Wu Weiling with two policemen and an armed police officer of the Water Border Police Station in Modaomen, Tanzhou Town, and took her back to the police station for interrogation on charges of “disturbing public order and the feeling of the citizenry.” She was transferred to the Kangtai police station that night. On December 24, the police escorted Wu Weiling to the Zhongshan City Detention Center on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing Xie jiao organizations.” On January 22, 2013, Wu was released on bail pending trial. On October 11, 2013, the Zhongshan City First People’s Court sentenced Wu Weiling to 7 years in prison on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” Wu is now being held in the Guangdong Provincial Women’s Prison.

Case 36:

Yuan Shuxia, female, 51 years old, from Feng County, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province. On August 11, 2014, Yuan Shuxia was arrested, had her home searched by police from Fanlou Town Police Station, Feng County, Xuzhou City and was taken into custody for interrogation at Fanlou Town Police Station because she believed in Almighty God. During this time, Yuan Shuxia was brutally tortured by the police. According to another Christian who was arrested along with Yuan, she saw injuries all over Yuan Shuxia’s body, which was red, swollen and bruised, tortured until there was no likeness of man. On August 12, Yuan Shuxia was transferred to Feng County Detention Center. On October 1, Yuan’'s arrest was formally executed and she was detained at Xuzhou City Detention Center. In June 2015, Feng County People’s Court of Xuzhou City sentenced Yuan Shuxia to 7 years’ imprisonment on the charge of “organizing and using evil religious organizations to disrupt law enforcement” and took her to Nantong Women’s Prison in Jiangsu Province for a term of imprisonment until August 11, 2021.

Case 37:

Gao Shengzhi, male, 50 years old, from Jiangyan District, Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province. On July 14, 2015, Gao Shengzhi was arrested in Heshi Town, Taixing City by a local police officer for believing in Almighty God. He was subsequently brought to Taixing City Xiangyuan Business Hotel for clandestine interrogation. During this time, the police brutally tortured Gao, including beatings and pouring cold water on him under cold air conditioning, not giving him anything to eat for three days and nights, hanging him from the window by one hand, with his toes not touching the floor, etcetera. On July 24, Gao Shengzhi was placed under criminal detention by Taizhou City Public Security Bureau and taken to Taizhou Detention Center. On August 28, Gao Shengzhi was placed taken into custody by Taizhou City Public Security Bureau. On June 3, 2016, Taixing City People’s Court sentenced Gao Shengzhi to 7 years’ imprisonment on the charge of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations” and took him to Hongzehu Prison in Sihong County, Jiangsu Province for a term of imprisonment until July 23, 2022.

Case 38:

Yang Qiudi, female, 40 years old, from Qingxin County, Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province. On October 27, 2014, Yang Qiudi and her husband were surrounded by the village head and eight policemen downstairs below their own home in Zhonghe Village, Shitan Town for believing in Almighty God. The police then escorted Yang Qiudi and his wife home and forced a search of their home and took the couple into detention to Taihe Police Station in Qingyuan City on the charge of “disrupting social order” before transferring them to Qingxin District Detention Center in Qingyuan City. Later (specific date unknown), Yang Qiudi was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment by the court for “the offense of organizing and using evil religious organizations to disrupt law enforcement.” On October 21, 2015, Yang Qiudi was taken to Guangdong Province Women’s Prison to serve her sentence.

Case 39:

Chen Yunqiang, male, 37 years old, from Qingxin County, Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province. On October 27, 2014, Chen Yunqiang and his wife were stopped downstairs below their home in Zhonghe Village, Shitan Town by the village head and eight police officers for believing in Almighty God. The police then escorted Chen Yunqiang and his wife back home and carried out a forced search of their property. The couple was then charged with the offense of “disrupting social order” and was escorted to Taihe Police Station in Qingyuan City, after which they were transferred to Qingxin District Detention Center in Qingyuan City. Later (specific date unknown), Chen Yunqiang was sentenced by the court to 7 years’ imprisonment for “the crime of organizing and using evil religious organizations to disrupt law enforcement.” On October 21, 2015, Chen Yunqiang was escorted to Shaoguan Prison in Guangdong Province to serve his sentence.

Case 40:

Qi Yuping, female, 55 years old, from Xuchang County, Xuchang City, Henan Province. Qi Yuping was arrested by local police officers in Xuchang County, Xuchang City for believing in Almighty God, the specific date unknown. On January 14, 2013, Qi Yuping was placed under criminal detention at Xuchang County Public Security Bureau for “the suspected crime of organizing and using a Xie jiao organization to disrupt law enforcement” and was detained at Xuchang County Detention Center. Later (specific date unknown), Xuchang City People’s Court sentenced Qi Yuping to 7 years’ imprisonment for the crime of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” On May 15, 2014, Qi Yuping was taken under guard to Henan Women’s Prison to serve her sentence.

Case 41:

Liu Shunfu, male, 57 years old, from Xuchang County, Xuchang City, Henan Province. Liu Shunfu was arrested by Xuchang County Public Security Bureau for spreading the gospel of Almighty God in Xuchang County, specific date unknown. On December 20, 2012, Xuchang County Public Security Bureau placed Liu Shunfu under criminal detention for “the suspected crime of organizing and using a Xie jiao organization to disrupt law enforcement” and was detained at Xuchang County Detention Center. On January 26, 2013, Xuchang County Public Security Bureau placed Liu Shunfu under arrest. Later (specific date unknown), Xuchang County People’s Court sentenced Liu Shunfu to 7 years’ imprisonment on the charge of “organizing and using evil religious organizations to disrupt law enforcement.” On May 15, 2014, Liu Shunfu was taken under guard to Henan Province First Prison to serve his sentence.

Case 42:

Liu Renju, female, 69 years old, from Shapingba District, Chongqing City. On September 16, 2014, Liu Renju was arrested by four plainclothes police officers from Shapingba Public Security Bureau and the National Security Brigade for believing in Almighty God. She was accused of “believing in Almighty God and disturbing public order.” Liu was subsequently imprisoned in a forced study class in Geleshan, Shapingba District. On November 11, Liu was placed under criminal detention by Shapingba Public Security Bureau and detained at Baiheling Detention Center in Shapingba District. On December 18, Liu was arrested by the Beibei District Branch of Chongqing Public Security Bureau and detained at Beibei District Detention Center. On April 22, 2016, Beibei District People’s Court of Chongqing City sentenced Liu Renju to 7 years’ imprisonment on the charge of “using evil religious organizations to disrupt law enforcement.” Liu is detained in Chongqing Women’s Prison in Zoumazhen, Jiulongpo, Chongqing, where she is currently serving her sentence.

Case 43:

Li Jianying, female, 52, a native of Anqiu City, Weifang City, Shandong Province; started believing in Almighty God in 2008. On June 10, 2015, Li Jianying was forcibly arrested by five to six plainclothes policemen of the National Security Brigade of the Anqiu City Public Security Bureau for storage and transfer of faith books of The Church of Almighty God. She was escorted to the Liu Jiayao Forced Study Base in Anqiu City. On June 19, Li Jianying was placed under criminal detention. On July 16, the police formally arrested Li Jianying and detained her at the Weicheng District Detention Center in Weifang City. On July 26, 2016, the People’s Court of Anqiu City, Shandong Province, sentenced Li Jianying to 7 years and 2 months in prison on charges of “sabotaging the enforcement of laws by utilizing evil religious organizations.” Later, Li Jianying’s family retained a lawyer to appeal for her, together with gift offers to the case investigators of Li Jianying, spending a total of 80,000 yuan. On October 17, 2016, the Intermediate People’s Court of Weifang City, Shandong Province, reduced Li Jianying’s sentence to 4 years. In October 2016, Li Jianying was escorted to the Shandong Women’s Prison to serve her sentence until June 18, 2019.

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