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California Assemblyman Chuck Devore Demands Freedom For Chinese Prisoners Of Conscience

posted Jul 8, 2009, 12:07 PM by Rescue Moms
7/7/2009 | Press Release from California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Office
 
Leisa Brug-Kline (949) 863-7070 SACRAMENTO - California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) today issued letters to officials of the Peoples Republic of China, from Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong to several local police officials, demanding the release of four unjustly imprisoned women with close ties to California. The imprisoned persons are adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that the Chinese Communist Party once supported, but now brutally suppresses.
 
The imprisoned persons on whose behalf Assemblyman DeVore intervened are:
- Ms. Yao-Hua Li, and Ms. Yi-Bo Zhang, both of whom are reportedly in detention at the Xuhui District Detention Center in Shanghai. These women are the mother and sister, respectively, of Mr. Yi-Yuan Chang, who serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Esthetic Dentistry at the University of California at Los Angeles.
 
- Mrs. Jinhua Ma, reportedly in detention at the Anhui Women's Forced Labor Camp since September 2008. She is the mother of MaQiong Wang, a longtime Californian.
 
- Ms. Chunyan Wang, reportedly in detention at the Laioning Province Women's Prison. She is the mother of Ping Yu, a longtime Californian.
"Though the constitution of the People's Republic of China formally guarantees freedom of religion, the fact is that Communist authorities use force to oppress particular faiths, including Falun Gong, various Christian sects, Buddhists, and Muslims," said DeVore, "I am sending letters demanding the release of these prisoners for two reasons: because their Californian loved ones deserve no less from a Californian public servant, and because the cause of liberty is the cause of every American."
 
It is not uncommon for people imprisoned for their faith in China to be tortured, then die in custody.
 
Since 1999, the U.S. Secretary of State has assigned the "Country of Particular Concern" (CPC) designation to China under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), for particularly severe violations of religious freedom.
 
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