China current PoC

Gulmira Imin

Name: Gulmira Imin Country: China Background: Prior to her arrest, Imin held a local government position in the capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi. In 2009, Imin established the website Salkin, which focused on Uyghur culture and news in Xinjiang, and which took on a critical perspective of the Chinese government. Reason for Arrest: In July 2009, …

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Hu Shigen

Name: Hu Shigen Age: 64 Country: China Background: Hu is a famous democracy activist, and in 1989 he was active in the Tienanmen Square Protests prior to founding the China Free Democratic Party and the China Free Labor Union. Reason for arrest: In July 2015, Hu was disappeared by CCP officials during a nationwide crackdown …

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Qin Defu

Name: Qin Defu (also known as Qin Derfu) Age: 37 Country: Sichuan Province, China Background: Qin Defu’s father was a preacher, and in 1989, Qin adopted Christianity and participated in the Three Self Patriotic Movement for many years before leaving the Movement and focusing instead on the house-church system, becoming a member of Early Rain …

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Ilham Tohti

Name: Ilham Tohti Country: China Background: Ilham Tohti is a Chinese Uyghur and former professor of economics at Minzu University in Beijing, China. He is a staunch advocate of regional autonomy legislation and an avid researcher of the relationship between Chinese Uyghurs and Han Chinese- in 2006, Tohti launched UyghurOnline, a website focusing on these …

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Pastor Wang Yi

Name: Wang Yi Background: Pastor Wang Yi is the leader of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Prior to his conversion to Christianity, Wang Yi was a lawyer and law professor. Reason for arrest: On December 9, 2018, Pastor Wang Yi was detained during one of the largest coordinated crackdowns on Christianity …

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Alimjan Yimit

Name: Alimjan Yimit (in Chinese: Alimujiang Yimit)    Area of Origin: Xinjiang province, China. Background: Mr. Yimit is church leader of Uyghur ethnicity.   Reason for his arrest: Kashgar/Kashi Police arrested Mr. Yimit on January 2008. He was accused of “leaking state secrets” under Article 103 and 111 of the Chinese Criminal Code.  The Working Group …

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Ming Zhang

Name:    Ming ZHANG    Area of Origin: Kuandian, Dandong City, Liaoning Province, China   Background: Male, 60 years old, worked at Bank of China in Donggang City before the persecution on Falun Gong began. Mr. Zhang has been repeatedly arrested for his faith in Falun Gong. Reason for his arrest: On June 29, 2018, Ming Zhang …

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Aili Zhang

Name: Aili ZHANG    Area of Origin: Shengli Oilfield, Dongying City, Shandong Province, China   Background: Female, 65 years old, worked as a nurse at Shengli Oilfield Central Hospital before retiring. Her son, Yi Zhang, currently resides in Flushing, New York City. From May 16 to May 26 in 2017, Ms. Zhang was detained by the …

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Wang Lingjie

Name: Wang Lingjie    Area of Origin: China, Fujian (Han Chinese) Background: born on August 18, 1987, joined The Church of Almighty God in August 2007, upper-level leader at the time of her arrest Reason for her arrest: On March 23, 2017, police arrested Wang Lingjie for being an upper-lever leader of The Church of Almighty …

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