Chinese Pastor Yang Hua

A jailed church leader in China has been tortured by authorities to extort a confession and is now suffering from serious diseases, his lawyers claim.

CHR Comment: Pastor Yang Hua, leader of a house church, remains in detention since December. He reports suffering torture, having been arrested under the charge of releasing state secrets.

Source: Chinese Church Pastor ‘Tortured’ In Prison Now Suffering From Serious Diseases | Christian News on Christian Today

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Chinese Christian Lawyer Tortured

In a rare interview, Chinese dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng talked with The Associated Press on the eve of the launch in Hong Kong of his memoir, using a messaging app to circumvent the constant surveillance he lives under.

CHR Comment: Gao Zhisheng describes the importance of his faith as a source of strength while he was undergoing persecution and as he continues his struggle for human rights in China. He recently released a memoir of his experiences in prison and under surveillance.

Source: Q&A: Tortured Chinese lawyer on his faith, hopes — and teeth – The Washington Post

“Inhuman” Torture of Christians in Pakistan

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, party chairman, said the human rights abuses against the Christians could not be tolerated.

CHR Comment: Pakistani police picked up two Christians while investigating a mugging. During interrogation, police tortured the men. Four officers were suspended when photographs of the Christians’ injuries were released to the public. Christians are a minority in Pakistan, which is predominantly Muslim.

Source: Pakistan party leader condemns ‘inhuman’ torture of Christians | Christian News on Christian Today

Eritrean Gospel Singer Helen Berhane Tortured for Her Beliefs

ROME (RNS) Berhane spoke recently at a Rome conference on Christian persecution in the hopes others might learn of the grievous human rights violations in her native land.

CHR Comment: Eritrea only recognizes four religious denominations. The article implies that that the Eritrean government was responsible for the torture (“custody” and “arrest”) though the article does not make this absolutely clear. Berhane is a Pentecostal.

Source: Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane was tortured for her beliefs. Now she’s speaking up. – Religion News Service