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Activist Liu Fenggang Detained

October 17, 2003

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing-based religious activist Liu Fenggang was detained in Hangzhou on October 13, 2003 on accusations of “revealing state secrets,” while his residence in Beijing was searched by public security officials.

Liu Fenggang is a religious activist who was in the Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou city to investigate the demolition of an underground house church.

“HRIC strongly condemns the illegal detention of Liu Fenggang by the Zhejiang police,” said president Liu Qing. “The demolition of the Hangzhou underground house church is a violation of these individuals’ right to religious freedom. Persecution of an individual who was trying to protect this fundamental right is even more egregious. HRIC strongly urges the PRC government and police to release Liu Fenggang from this illegal detention.”