Ding Jiaxi is the husband of our church member, Sophie Luo who has been working in the US for several years, and father to their daughter Caroline, who was a member of our youth group before she began college this fall. Jiaxi remained in China to pursue his peaceful work for increased human rights in China.
On December 26, 2019, was taken into custody on by the Chinese police while attending a peaceful legal dinner party. They did not have an arrest warrant. He was held for over a year in an undisclosed location without access to legal representation, and subjected to torture. In January of 2021, he was finally allowed to talk with his lawyer. China Change reported the contents of that meeting in which Jiaxi describes the horror of his last year: Prominent Human Rights Activist Ding Jiaxi Tells Lawyer Details of Torture Throughout His Year in Custody
China is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Ding Jiaxi’s arrest and treatment violates the rights afforded to citizens in that document.
What you can do:
We will be re-accessing how best to address the situation now that Jiaxi has been allowed to meet with his lawyer, and will update this page when we have decided how to proceed. In the meantime, please keep Jiaxi and his family in your prayers.
Watch a video of Sophie Luo’s presentation at Alfred University on Feb 17, 2020