Advocacy for Human Rights Defender Wang Yi
Timothy Cotter ’22, Chicago, Illinois
Majors: Chinese Language and Culture; International Relations
On 9 December 2018, Wang Yi and over 100 members of his congregation, including his wife Jiang Rong, were detained in a raid of their church, Early Rain Covenant Church. The church was unregistered with the Religious Affairs Bureau as required by the revised Religious Affairs Regulations released by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Although some members were released within 24 hours, Wang Yi remained in police custody and was later charged by the Chengdu Intermediate Court with “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business activity.”
This presentation discusses infringements on Wang Yi’s human rights, the Chinese government’s increased oppression of religious groups, and offers a set of recommendations and strategies to hold China accountable for its actions towards religious groups.