UN Group Calls for US Pastor’s Release From Chinese Prison

Photo Credit: Ben Cao

(ChinaAid) A United Nations group has urged China to release North Carolina Pastor John Cao.

The group, the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), has released this statement. In it, the group has said it raised the issue of Cao’s arrest to the Chinese government earlier this year.

The piece went on to call Cao’s imprisonment “unconstitutional” and said it violated a variety of Chinese laws.

Cao and his colleague, Jing Ruxia, were taken into custody when they crossed the border between Myanmar and China in March 2017. Cao was well-regarded for establishing schools for minority children along the border. He was charged with “organizing illegal border crossings” and sentenced to seven years in prison.

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