Protecting the Protectors
All over the world the twin causes of Liberty and Justice are fought by courageous men and women, otherwise ordinary, who have found themselves unable to look at the suffering and injustice around them and do nothing. These human rights defenders are often pastors or lawyers who, despite the inherent corruption all around them, take their God-given responsibilities to those under them seriously. Unfortunately, in many places, speaking the truth and expecting the laws to be upheld can mean imprisonment, torture and death.
At the Jubilee Campaign, we work to protect these protectors, to free those who fought so hard to free others. That is our charge before God and it is a privilege and an honor to work on these cases.
Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer and a Christian who simply refused to stop representing Christians and other religious minorities targeted by China’s repressive government. He was “disappeared” in 2009, and while we have had indications that he still lives, no one knows for sure.
Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American pastor who refused to deny his Christian faith. Held in prison while waiting trial and then sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment in one of Iran’s most brutal prisons. His life was at risk daily from the torture both guards and other inmates gave him for his faith and his refusal to deny it. He has since been released.
Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian who dared to protest the forced indoctrination of his children into Islam. He was sentenced to death for “apostasy” because his ancestors were Muslim and was on death row for almost 3 years, until being released in September of 2012.
Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer, who protested “population control” measures so brutal that they violated even China’s official One-Child Policy. Chen Guangcheng is safe in the United States now but his extended family and supporters remain a target for the Chinese government.