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Chinese chef arrested for his faith is blacklisted by employers

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Chinese chef arrested for his faith is blacklisted by employers

Ruan Haoan sits in his home with his wife,
Luo Caixia, as well as their son and his
elderly mother. Photo credit: China Aid

A chef from Guangdong province who was arrested for his faith, has found himself blacklisted by employers after his release.

Ruan Haoan, who is a member of unregistered “house church”, was arrested in June 2017 and detained for a month, after he refused police demands that he sign a confession that he was part of a cult.

When he tried to return to his job as a hotel chef, his employer refused to take him back. Other big hotels followed suit and he has only been able to find work at a small restaurant earning minimum wage.

Chinese Christians frequently face discrimination in employment. Many jobs also effectively require applicants to be members of the Communist Party.

In July 2017, the Party’s magazine instructed nearly 90 million Party members they should not “seek value and belief in religion” or hold religious beliefs.