Family Claims Former Leader of Chinese House Churches Dying in Prison

(CORRECTED) Gong Shengliang's daughter: 'His life is in grave danger.'

Editor's note: Subsequent research by China Aid Association (CAA) in 2007 found that Gong was indeed guilty of some of the sexual misconduct charges against him. However, CAA president Bob Fu recently told CT that Gong's treatment during his time in prison is unacceptable, regardless of his guilt.

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Chinese pastor Gong Shengliang once faced the death penalty for leading a 50,000-strong movement of innovative yet unregistered house churches. Now, imprisoned since 2001, the South China Church (SCC) founder is dying from lack of medical care, according to his daughter.

In an open letter to Chinese president Xi Jingping, Gong Huali describes the torture suffered by her father over the past decade and appeals for medical treatment. She writes:

"[My father's] life is in grave danger.... Accordingly, we have asked for his release on bail for urgent medical treatment. But, again and again, our petitions have been completely ignored, without any reasonable response. It is very urgent for my father ...
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