Zhao Weiliang

Released

Held 2,769 days  Arrested June 2014 in China

Prisoner Details

Chinese Christian Zhao Weiliang was sentenced to four years in prison after Chinese officials raided a choir practice on June 25, 2014. As the believers practiced hymns at a factory owned by a church member, about 50 uniformed and plainclothes policemen raided the practice in the village of Sanwuqi in Heze City, Shandong province. Twenty-two believers were arrested, including a pregnant woman and four children.

Zhao was taken separately from the police station to a hotel, where an intoxicated police captain abused him physically and verbally. The police told him, “You can go home as long as you admit what you believe in is a cult…” Zhao refused to give in.

The children, their parents and the pregnant woman were released immediately. The remaining believers were released on bail July 23, 2014, but Zhao and Cheng Hongpeng remained in custody.

On May 27, 2015, Zhao was sentenced to four years in prison under the charge of “using a cult organization to undermine law enforcement.”

According to VOM partners, Zhao’s Total Scope Church is a Bible-based house church centered on the teachings of Christ and is not a cult.

Zhao has a wife, Liu Cuiping, and two small children. He also supported his elderly parents. His wife currently depends on church members to maintain a few acres of farmland.

Petition Officials

  • Zhang Jun

    Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations

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    350 E. 35th Street

    New York, N.Y. 10016

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    Telephone: (212) 655-6100

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  • Cui Tiankai

    Ambassador

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    Chancery of the People’s Republic of China

    3505 International Place NW

    Washington, DC 20008

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    Telephone: (202) 495-2266

    Fax: (202) 588-0032

  • Xi Jinping

    President of the People's Republic of China

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    President of the People's Republic of China

    Beijing

    People's Republic of CHINA

    100017