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November 24, 2009

Uyghur Christian Wusiman Yiming Released After Two Years in Prison

Compass Direct and China Aid are both reporting the good news that Wusiman Yiming has been released after two years in prison.  Here's part of the China Aid press release:

November 24, 2009

XINJIANG--Uyghur Christian house church leader Wusiman Yiming was officially released on Wednesday November 18, 2009 (Beijing Time). After serving two years in Laogai (labor) camp, he has been finally reunited with his wife and two young children. Because of his Christian leadership among the Uyghur people, Wusiman Yiming was sentenced to criminal detention "for the crime of divulging State secrets" by the State Security Bureau of Southern Xinjiang, Hetian City, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in September of 2007. He was then secretly sentenced in November, 2007, to two years of 're-education through labor' by the Re-education Labor Committee of Hetian City.

A source who spoke with brother Wusiman informed ChinaAid that brother Wusiman "looks fragile but has a very strong spirit." Wusiman reportedly asked ChinaAid to extend his heartfelt thanks to all those who have been providing care and help to his family members during the past two difficult years.

 

"We are very glad to hear this news of brother Wusiman's release, " said Bob Fu. "We call upon the Xinjiang government to stop religious persecution against these innocent Christians. We ask the Chinese central government authority to order the release of the other innocent Uyghur Christian brother, Alimujiang Yimiti, who has been illegally detained in the same case without a verdict for over two years already. The persecutors of these two individuals should be held accountable."  Click here for the full story.