China House Church Leader Released

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A Christian house church leader held at a Chinese labor camp for two years has been released thanks to an email campaign by a religious freedom group.

Open Doors USA started an email campaign to free Osman Imin in 2007, sending letters to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, on behalf of him and another Uyghur church leader who remains in custody.

Imin, an outspoken Christian in a country known for its religious persecution, was sentenced to two years "re-education through labor" because of his church work. The 12-15 hour days took a toll on his health.

"We rejoice that Osman Imin has been freed from the forced labor camp, but our concerns continue for Alimjan Yimit, who remains in confinement," Lindsay Vessey of Open Doors USA said.

Yimit is a Uyghur Christian convert from Islam. Authorities arrested him in Jan. 2008 for "preaching Christianity."

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