May. 26, 2017 | China
Pray for Li Heping, Recently Released from Prison
Our Chinese brother faces a life sentence – for defending human rights
Chinese Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong has not been seen since he disappeared last November. Now, his family have been told he’s been charged with trying to overthrow the regime – and faces a potential life sentence.
Jiang Tianyong went missing as he returned from visiting the family of a fellow lawyer who had been detained during the July 2015 crackdown on ‘dissidents’. Jiang is thought to have been held incommunicado in an illegal ‘black jail’ until now.
Please pray for peace and perseverance for our brother Jiang Tianyong as he awaits trial.
Jiang’s father has just received a statement from a local Public Security Bureau in southern Hunan province informing him that Jiang was charged with ‘subversion of state power’ on May 31.
Jiang, a fierce advocate for minorities’ religious rights and broader human rights, was charged in December with ‘inciting subversion of state power’ and sentenced to spend time in an unofficial ‘black jail’. His family have now been told he’s being held at Changsha No. 1 Detention Centre – the first official confirmation of his whereabouts for six months.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill Jiang afresh, giving him the power and strength he needs to endure.
- Pray for the immediate release of Jiang Tianyong and all the other lawyers and activists arrested during and since the 2015 crackdown.
- Pray for peace for Jiang’s wife, Jin Bianling, and their daughter who have fled to the US to avoid further harassment.
(Sources: China Aid, Reuters)
Jiang has been detained since November 2016 and newspapers accuse him of leaking state secrets.