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Li Baiguang with President George Bush
Human rights lawyer Li Baiguang with former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Photo: ChinaAid

Well-known Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Li Baiguang died in a military hospital on February 26th, despite being in good health just days before. There are concerns that the authorities were involved in his death. Li was taken to the hospital with minor stomach pains and within hours declared dead. The hospital alleges that he had severe liver problems and bled to death, even though he had no previous indications of health problems.

In recent months, Li has faced increased threats and harassment from authorities because of his work defending the rights of those being oppressed by the government. Only weeks before, he had been in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Prayer Breakfast as part of a delegation of Chinese human rights activists.

Dr. Li's death has left a significant hole in the efforts to defend the rights of Chinese citizens. But there is an even larger gap in the lives of his wife, Xu Hanmei, and son, Li Qingxin. His close friend and colleague, Bob Fu from ChinaAid, wrote: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of China's most courageous pro-constitution lawyers." For more information on the difficulties facing Christians in China, as well as accounts of cases involving Dr. Li, visit our China Country Report.

Please pray for those mourning the loss of their friend, co-worker, and family member. Especially remember Li's wife and son in the days to come. Also pray for the churches in China that are reaching out with the Gospel of Christ despite the hardships they face.

Current Ministry Projects

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada continues to help distribute Bibles to Christians in the country, making it possible for them to have their own printed version of God's Word. Additionally, VOMC works with various mission partners to facilitate a Biblical understanding of persecution and discipleship, while presenting ways to effectively respond and minister within the context of hostility.

Project Funds: Bibles, Equipping the Saints, Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,397,897,720 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Han Chinese (91.6), Zhuang (1.3), Other (7.1)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (18.3), Christianity (5.2), Islam (1.8), folk religion (21.9), Muslim (2) Hinduism (<0.1), Judaism (<0.1), other (0.7), unaffiliated (51.8)

Leader
President Xi Jinping (2013)

Government type
Communist party-led state

Legal system
Based on civil law system; influenced by Soviet and continental European civil law systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for China

Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout China without government interference so many more names can be added to the Lamb's "Book of Life." May there also be a spirit of unity demonstrated among the country's growing churches, further strengthening existing believers and spurring them on in their ministry service and evangelistic outreach within the country's numerous communities.

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