• Students in China Indoctrinated to Abhor Hong Kong Protestors
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    Strict control over the minds of university students in the mainland has been imposed to prevent them from being influenced by democratic beliefs and ideals. by Jiang Tao Violent clashes between the police and pro-democracy protestors on the campuses of Hong Kong universities have caused resentment against the government among… Read more »
  • “The Xinjiang Papers”: Either Turning or Returning Point
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    Two Uyghur leaders comment on the scoop by The New York Times. Will this change the world’s attitude toward China’s crimes, or everything will remain as it is? Dolkun Isa and Marco Respinti by Marco Respinti “The leaks confirm much of what the international community has strongly suspected for months. They… Read more »
  • Facial Recognition to Spy on People at Home, Quash Believers
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    Invasive high-tech surveillance equipment, installed even in public toilets, is used to monitor and control China’s residents every step of their way. by Lin Yijiang When home becomes a prison “I spent most of my savings on a new apartment, but now it feels like I live in prison. I… Read more »
  • Tibetans Cast Alarm on High-Tech Persecution of Faiths in China
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    The Geneva Forum 2019, hosted by the Tibetan government in exile, documents that CCP’s perversity is also exported abroad. Tortured witnesses brought the audience to tears. Photo by Tenzin Nyishon, copyright: Central Tibetan Administration. by Marco Respinti China is the most technologically surveilled country in the world and in history.… Read more »
  • China’s systematic sabotage of the UN’s Human Rights Council
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    The author delivered the following speech on November 14 at the Geneva Forum 2019 on human rights, organized by the Department of Information & International Relations of the Geneva Office of Tibet of the Central Tibetan Administration under the title China’s High-Tech Repression and Freedom of Religion. by Hilary L.… Read more »
  • Buddhist Temple in Shaanxi Forcibly Modified for Public Use
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    As religion “sinicization” campaign sweeps across China, the state repurposes places of worship, replacing spiritual texts and symbols with propaganda. by Zhou Xiaolu Chinese Buddhism is experiencing the most severe crisis since the Cultural Revolution. Temples, which used to be peaceful places for worshiping and chanting, are now subjected to… Read more »
  • House Church Venues Demolished, Believers Arrested
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    House church Christians all over China are brutally suppressed for refusing to join the state-controlled Three-Self Church. Believers are resolute to persevere. by Zhou Hua Multiple house church venues demolished within one day On July 7, about 200 personnel from several government departments, including the Public Security Bureau and Religious… Read more »
  • Propaganda Intensifies to Suppress The Church of Almighty God
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    Government-sponsored nationwide campaigns are paving the way for organized operations to arrest members of China’s largest Christian new religious movement. by Shen Xiang In a scene from a CCP-coined stage play, a man in a yellow headband was waving a wooden sword randomly in the air, with a piece of… Read more »
  • People of Faith Punished for Traveling Abroad, Even Years Ago
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    In the name of resisting “foreign religious infiltration,” the CCP prevents believers from going abroad and having any contact with overseas groups or individuals. by Li Guang Religions groups from abroad that the Chinese government deems to be a threat to its regime are subjected to relentless attacks, while local… Read more »
  • Shanxi: 135 Church of Almighty God Members Arrested in 2 Days
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    Captured during an operation against China’s largest Christian new religious movement on September 9-10, 98 believers remain in detention and are indoctrinated. Shanxi police are interrogating in a detention house. by Zhang Feng On September 9 and 10, the police carried out a unified arrest operation against The Church of… Read more »
  • The Perils of The Church of Almighty God – 2
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    A British researcher meets with refugees who escaped China and now live in England (second in a series of two articles). Credits by Ruth Ingram In the first article of this series, I reviewed a disturbing book published in Korea about the persecution of The Church of Almighty God in… Read more »
  • The Perils of The Church of Almighty God – 1
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    A British researcher encounters a book about a persecuted Christian religious movement in China (1 in a series of two articles) by Ruth Ingram A disturbing book “In 1997, the year I turned 17, police officers arrested my father and persecuted him to death for no other reason than his… Read more »
  • Reprisals Expand Against Catholics Rejecting Patriotic Church
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    To make all Catholics join the state-run church, CCP continues to intimidate clergy and believers, shuts down charitable organizations. by Ye Ling In its nationwide offensive to force Catholic conscientious objectors to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), the CCP is shutting down noncompliant churches, retaliates against the clergy and… Read more »
  • Labeled as “Terrorists,” Uyghurs Deprived of Basic Rights
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    Xinjiang Muslims who live outside the region are put under harsh surveillance and control, discriminated against under the pretext of “de-radicalization.” by Wang Yong Mr. Wang from the southeastern province of Jiangxi got to know and befriend an Uyghur working in his city through doing business with him. But he… Read more »
  • “Sinicization” of Islam Accelerates in Northwest China
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    Building on the experiences in Xinjiang, the CCP steps up its suppressive policies against Islam in other “autonomous” regions inhabited by ethnic Muslims. by Ma Xiagu Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and other localities populated by ethnic Muslims have become the new targeted areas for CCP’s brutal suppression of Islam. Zhang… Read more »
  • Resolute to Persevere, Christians Worship in Dire Conditions  
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    A collection of Bitter Winter reports on how Christians in China continue practicing their faith, in the face of persecution, deprived of places to worship. by Bitter Winter Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect in early 2018, the CCP has been shutting down, demolishing and taking… Read more »
  • Tightening Control of Postal Services Invades Peoples’ Privacy
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    To ensure bans on the mailing of items deemed harmful to the regime, the government conducts covert investigations, severely punishes companies and employees. by Sun Kairui On top of usual articles prohibited from shipment in countries across the world, like flammables and explosives or firearms and weapons, China has also… Read more »
  • Want to Enter Church? Scan Your Fingerprints and Face
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    Hi-tech surveillance equipment is put into use for further control over believers in state-run Three-Self churches in Hubei Province and elsewhere in China. by Cai Congxin Bitter Winter has earlier reported that a facial recognition system was installed in a government-controlled Three-Self church in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang… Read more »
  • More Bizarre Alterations of Buddhist and Taoist Statues
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    The CCP is reaching new highs of “creativity” in crushing religious belief, by revamping statues of Buddha and Lao-Tzu to look like Chinese emperors and writers. by Shen Xinran China’s campaign to liquidate Buddhist and Taoist symbols has resulted in many ludicrous “creations” across the country after religious statues have been… Read more »
  • State-Run Churches Shut Down and Ruined, Congregations Merged
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    The CCP deploys all possible means to reduce the number of Three-Self churches, forcing congregations to sign handover agreements and manipulating them otherwise. by Li Guang  The existence of government-approved churches in China creates an illusion that people of faith may easily enjoy the freedom of belief, as stipulated in… Read more »
  • “Art” to Prevent Demolition: A National Catastrophe for Religious Statues
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    After the CCP ordered a crackdown on religious statues, many were modified in bizarre ways as this was the only alternative to destruction. Bitter Winter here collects several typical cases for our readers.   On May 23, 2018, the central United Front Work Department held a meeting aimed at cracking… Read more »
  • Portraits, Statues of Mao and Xi Replace Deities in Temples
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    To save Buddhist and Taoist temples from demolition, believers hide or remove religious statues, replace them with images of China’s past and current leaders. by Cai Congxin  While believers painstakingly attempt to prevent outdoor religious statues from being destroyed, owners and managers of Buddhist and Taoist temples are forced to “rectify” their… Read more »
  • Fearing Family Clans, CCP Eliminates Ancestral Halls
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    Tongcheng county government in Hubei Province launched a coordinated crackdown against folk religions by repurposing family shrines built to honor ancestors. by Dai Quansheng As part of the Chinese folk culture, people across the country build and use ancestral homes, passed down through generations, to pay tribute, offer sacrifice in… Read more »
  • More House Churches Subjected to Violent Attacks and Seizures
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    The Chinese regime spares no effort in assaulting places of worship that are not under its control to force them into joining the official Three-Self Church. by An Xin Religious groups in China are forced to submit to the CCP and organize activities following the Party’s policies; otherwise, they will… Read more »
  • Inside the Shenzhen Family Suicide (III): CCP’s Nazi-Style Propaganda
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    The third in a series of three articles about an incident used by CCP propaganda to justify its persecution of The Church of Almighty God. by Li Bei Two of the deceased in the Shenzhen family suicide The CCP’s propaganda machine in full speed This August, an incident happened inside… Read more »
  • Inside the Shenzhen Family Suicide (II): Political Driving Force Behind Fake Case
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    The second in a series of three articles about an incident used by CCP propaganda to justify its persecution of The Church of Almighty God. by Li Bei Two of the deceased in the Shenzhen family suicide As we have seen in the first article in this series, this June,… Read more »
  • Mongolian Buddhism: Under the Shadow of the CCP
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    Since 2012, Buddhists in Mongolia are without an officially recognized Jebtsundamba, their local leader. Beijing claims Mongolia should only enthrone a CCP-friendly Jebtsundamba – or else. by Massimo Introvigne A Buddhist image of hell in the Gandan Monastery (all photos by Massimo Introvigne, except photo 6) Mongolia is an independent… Read more »
  • Inside the Shenzhen Family Suicide (I): Fake News with Countless Holes
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    The first in a series of three articles about an incident used by CCP propaganda to justify its persecution of The Church of Almighty God. By Li Bei The deceased in the suicide case in Shenzhen city Manufacturing rumors, creating fake news, and engaging in violent suppression have become the… Read more »
  • 29-Meter-Tall Shakyamuni Buddha Sculpture Blown up in Jilin
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    Outdoor religious statues continue to be destroyed across China, local officials in charge threatened to be dismissed if they disobey the central government orders. by Wang Anyang In mid-June, a 29-meter-tall carving of Shakyamuni Buddha on a mountain in Fengman district of Jilin city in the northeastern province of Jilin… Read more »
  • Something Is Rotten in the State of Saudis: Non-Muslim Chinese Allowed Into Mecca
    Uyghur refugee Tahir Imin reveals a major Muslim scandal—and evidence of the pervasive CCP influence on Arab countries by Ruth Ingram Click to view slideshow. “Are there no depths to which our so-called Muslim brothers won’t sink to bow to China’s influence,” asks America-based Uyghur refugee Tahir Imin, showing leaked pictures… Read more »
  • Jiangsu Province Launches New Crackdown on Christianity
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    To implement direct orders from President Xi Jinping, the Jiangsu provincial government started in July a new targeted campaign in five cities. by Yang Guang’an Multiple internal CCP documents that Bitter Winter recently obtained confirm that the government of the eastern province of Jiangsu has started a new round of… Read more »
  • Two Three-Self Churches Demolished in a Fuzhou Village
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    Even places of worship under CCP’s control are deemed ideological enemies and also face brutal suppressions: closed down, forced to merge, even destroyed. by An Xin On the afternoon of September 9, a vehicle loaded with church belongings was parked outside a Three-Self church in Liangcuo village. Administered by Fuzhou,… Read more »
  • Hundreds Join a March in Seoul to Support Hong Kong
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    On November 2, during a rally “Stand with Hong Kong,” civil society organizations urged the South Korean government to back the pro-democracy movement. by Li Bei A rally participant holds a sign, “Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of our times.” On November 2, at 6 p.m., more than 200 people… Read more »
  • On CCP’s Orders, Bible Characters “Reborn” as Ancient Chinese
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    A state-run Christian monthly “sinicized” biblical stories, where Jesus is shown wearing traditional Han attire and Mary is personified as an ancient Chinese woman. by Zhou Xiaolu Tian Feng (literally “Heavenly Wind”) is a monthly Christian magazine, published by the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant… Read more »
  • Buddhists Across China Were Forced to Celebrate National Day
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    On the 70th anniversary of Communist China, to show their loyalty to the regime, Buddhist masters were forced to sing patriotic songs, nuns ordered to dance. by Wang Yichi  “Love your country, love your religion. Do not forget your initial intention. Let’s build a Chinese dream together,” a Buddhist master… Read more »
  • 30 Believers Sentenced to Long Terms in Prison
    Two courts in Sichuan sentenced a group of Church of Almighty God members to prison – from four and a half to 11 years – and punished them with exorbitant fines. by Yao Zhangjin On September 11, the People’s Court of Daying County in Suining city, the southwestern province of… Read more »
  • Mosques, Cemeteries “Sinicized” in Henan
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    Home to a large number of Hui Muslims, Henan Province is losing Islamic symbols, as authorities intensify the campaign to expel Saudi and Arabic influence. by Xin Lu  In central China’s Henan Province, Islamic symbols and signs can hardly be seen anywhere now. Prohibited from being displayed in public places,… Read more »
  • Jiangxi Province Steps up Efforts to Quash “Unruly” Churches
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    Regarded as “illegal,” the churches refusing to join state-controlled organizations are raided and closed down. by Tang Zhe  In recent months, the number of reports about the closures of house churches and Catholic churches that refuse to join the Chinese patriotic Catholic Association in the eastern province of Jiangxi have… Read more »
  • Searching for the Relatives That Are Not Missing
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    Families of Church of Almighty God members who fled abroad are pressured to join CCP’s efforts to make their relatives return to China, where they will be hounded. by Jiang Tao Facing suppression and persecution at home, many members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG) have fled overseas. To… Read more »
  • A New Document War at the UN: The Free World vs China on Xinjiang
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    Led by Britain, 23 countries denounce mass detention of Uyghurs. China mobilizes its usual Axis of Shame to react. Sadly, a few European Countries, including Italy, did not sign the critical document. Credits by Massimo Introvigne Again, the United Nations, this time at the General Assembly, witnessed a war of… Read more »
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