Even as blind activist Chen Guangcheng suffers malnutrition under house arrest for blowing the whistle on China’s forced abortion practices, the Communist nation continues its persecution against Christianity.

According to a report from ChinaAid, the deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance has been given a two-year labor camp sentence. Pastor Shi Enhao was condemned to two years of what the Communist State calls “re-education through labor.”

Police handed down this extra-judicial punishment, which requires no trial or conviction of a crime. Re-education through labor is often used to punish people who have committed minor criminal offenses or for dissidents and adherents of religious groups, such as house church Christians and Falun Gong practitioners.

Enhao’s large house church is home to several thousand members who meet in various sites around the city. He was charged with “illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings.” ChinaAid also reports that the police’s Domestic Security Protection Department has ordered his church to stop meeting and confiscated the congregation’s car, musical instruments and choir robes, as well as 140,000 yuan ($21,712.50) in donations.

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