Christian Judge Granted Asylum in Canada After Serving 11 Years in Prison

China pd(China Aid) Li Jianfeng, a former senior judge in China, has been granted political asylum in Canada in a coordinated effort by led by China Aid and will arrive in Vancouver this evening. Li was imprisoned for more than a decade after the Tiananmen Square Massacre for using his position to aid vulnerable groups and endured beatings and hard labor during that time.

Li was arrested in February 2002 in China’s coastal Fujian province and was convicted two years later of “illegal weapon possession” and “subverting state power.” Li was the first person in mainland China to be convicted of “subverting state power,” a serious charge that replaced “counter-revolution” after the massacre at Tiananmen Square.

Before his conviction, Li used his position as a judge in the Fujian Intermediate People’s Court to improve the condition of his community, ruling in nearly 100 cases and directly assisting 431 people. Secretly, he began organizations called “labor alliances,” support networks of business owners, police, judges and human rights defenders to aid socially vulnerable groups and human rights activists through both public and semi-public methods. He also covertly published a book titled “Labor Alliance,” calling on people to defend themselves through civil disobedience.

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  • Dave_L

    This is a perfect example of why Christians should not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers by holding government office. True change never comes from force but through the Gospel. Christians should not create situations through disobedience to both God’s word and government and then claim persecution. Being persecuted for preaching the Gospel is one thing, promoting rebellion and civil unrest is far different.

  • To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

  • Dave_L

    True change never comes from coercion but through the Gospel. Christians should not provoke situations in disobedience to God’s word and his magistrates and then claim persecution. Being persecuted for preaching the Gospel is one thing, promoting rebellion and civil unrest is far different.

  • Mike Huck