• Political Courses for Clergy, Patriotic Songs for Believers
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    Pastors and preachers of state-run Three-Self Church are forced to undergo political re-education, as the CCP is intensifying efforts to “sinicize” Christianity. by Wang Anyang Throughout China, authorities are organizing training courses for Three-Self Church pastors and preachers, aiming to “reform” them into loyal CCP servants that would help strengthen… Read more »
  • Officials Punished for Ineffective Suppression of Religion
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    Grassroots-level bureaucrats are supervised to ensure their diligence in executing the central government’s policies on religion. Any misstep results in a penalty. by Xin Lu Bitter Winter has obtained a document issued in April by the Leading Group on Ethnic and Religious Work of a county in the southeastern province… Read more »
  • Organs on Demand: China’s Illegal Transplant Industry Flourishes
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    Despite international condemnation, organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China has never stopped. One can get a kidney of choice in just two weeks. by Li Mingxuan In an interview with Bitter Winter, Dr. Huige Li, an expert on the plague of forced transplants of human organs in China,… Read more »
  • Religious Suppression Surges Ahead of Military World Games in Hubei’s Capital Wuhan
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    “President Xi Jinping hates to see crosses,” declare authorities, as they clamp down on places of worship, in preparations to host the sports event in October. by Cai Congxin On October 18-27, Wuhan, the capital of China’s central province of Hubei, will host the 7th Military World Summer Games, a… Read more »
  • Government Continues to Dismantle House Churches in Fujian
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    Accused of “illegality” or “disturbance,” terrorized and manipulated, numerous house churches are closed down to make them join the official Protestant church. by Ye Ling Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect in February last year, the CCP has been focusing its crackdowns on those religious groups… Read more »
  • CCP Resorts to Bread and Circuses Policy, Seeking to Keep People Away from Religion
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    Local authorities intensify efforts in organizing events of popular appeal to make people refute their faith and pray to the only God – the Communist Party. by Gu Xi The rapid development of religions in recent years – especially the growth of Christianity in rural China –has become one of… Read more »
  • “Please Save My Husband”: Serikzhan Bilash’s Life is in Danger
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    Wife of imprisoned Kazakh anti-CCP activist asks the international community to save her husband, claiming he may be secretly deported to China and “disappear” there. Leila Adilzhan advocating for her husband’s release by Leila Adilzhan My name is Leila Adilzhan. I am Serikzhan Bilash’s wife and the mother of his… Read more »
  • The State Seized a Three-Self Church in Henan, Despite Believer’s Fierce Resistance
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    Under the CCP’s totalitarian rule, even state-licensed churches become “illegal” after well-organized campaigns of threats and manipulations are implemented. by Xin Lu On May 19, chaos broke out outside a Niuwangmiao village’s Three-Self church in Dianzhuang town, under the jurisdiction of Luoyang city in the central province of Henan, as… Read more »
  • Henan Wages Intense Crackdown on Hui Muslims’ Faith
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    The CCP is “sinicizing” Muslims outside Xinjiang, eliminating their culture and religion, as part of the five-year plan. Islam-related symbols are first to go. by Li Guang Hui Muslims densely populate Luoyang city in the central province of Henan. It is home to many mosques, ethnic shops, hotels, and other… Read more »
  • Guilt by Association: Re-Educating Church of Almighty God Believers’ Families in Xinjiang
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    Relatives of The Church of Almighty God members who are sent to internment camps are surveilled by the state and forced to undergo “political conversion.” by Li Benbo The high-pressure control policies that the CCP is imposing on Xinjiang’s Muslim minorities are also being transferred on to other societal groups.… Read more »
  • Buddhist Temples “Reformed” to Become CCP’s Pawns
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    The CCP is training abbots as mouthpieces to spread propaganda and requires temples to undergo standardized management assessments. by Sun Kairui Buddhist abbots as CCP’s “ambassadors” Don’t be surprised if you hear personnel from government-approved religious venues say that China has full religious freedom, because the CCP is actively grooming… Read more »
  • Hui Neighborhoods “Sinicized,” Spreading Fear Among Residents
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    Buildings in traditional Islamic style and any signs with relevance to Muslim faith are disappearing from areas inhabited by China’s Hui Muslims. by Ma Xiagu A public square loses all Islamic characteristics Dongguan village, located in Longnan city in the northwestern province of Gansu, is inhabited predominantly by Hui Muslims.… Read more »
  • Hong Kong Protests: The Catholic Factor
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    The Hong Kong Catholic Church’s past, present, and future—and decisions to be taken by the Vatican—weigh heavily on the fate of the protest. by Massimo Introvigne Cardinal John Tong Hon The Hong Kong protests are continuing. Some believe they may become the new Tiananmen. Human rights activist speculate on how… Read more »
  • All Outdoor Buddhist Statues Must Go, No Matter the Cost
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    Regarded by the CCP as its fiercest enemies, the statues of Buddhist deities are being demolished across China under orders from the central government. by Ye Ling Local authorities spare no effort to ensure the demands from the higher-ups, forbidding anyone – organization or individual – to have statues of… Read more »
  • Old Churches Demolished, New Ones Not Approved
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    Defrauded by the CCP, congregations of state-approved churches are left with nowhere to worship after they agree to tear down their dilapidated buildings. by An Xin To stop the spread of religion, the CCP is not shying away from deception and manipulation of believers, fooling them into losing their churches… Read more »
  • Informants on Believers Rewarded with Cash
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    Monetary rewards by the government nurture the culture of snitching in China, putting people of faith in permanent danger and resulting in the closure of churches.   by Wang Yichi As part of its all-encompassing campaign to eliminate religious venues that are not part of state-controlled churches, the CCP is… Read more »
  • The Land Drenched in Tears: In Xinjiang, It’s the Cultural Revolution—Again
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    A moving, timely book. The harrowing memoir of a young Tatar Muslim medical student describes the horrific life under the Cultural Revolution in Xinjiang. She says what is happening today is even worse. by Ruth Ingram The cover of Söyüngül Chanisheff’s book The Cultural Revolution vs the Muslims “You silly,… Read more »
  • Young Believer Loses Sight in One Eye After Torture
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    Seven years ago, a 23-year-old man was imprisoned for being a member of The Church of Almighty God. He continues to be persecuted after his release from custody. Bitter Winter In China’s prisons, guards employ inmates known for their violence to bully and control prisoners of conscience, dissidents. They are… Read more »
  • CCP’s Fear of the Ten Commandments
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    Allowing the Chinese to worship only the Communist Party, authorities are ordering the removal of the fundamental law of Christianity from churches. by Jiang Tao Bitter Winter’s report about the removal of the first of the Ten Commandments from a church in Luoyang city, in the central province of Henan,… Read more »
  • CCP Distorts Vatican’s Pastoral Guidelines
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    Although the Holy See has demanded that the CCP “respect” those who refuse to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, they keep being harassed and punished. by An Xin On June 28, the Vatican issued pastoral guidelines concerning the civil registration of clergy in China. The document states that “the… Read more »
  • Buddhist Temples Hit Hard in Shandong
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    The CCP builds up momentum in its effort to eliminate independent Buddhism. Under various pretexts, temples and statues are destroyed, and monks told to “return home.” by Ye Jiajia While the CCP’s campaigns to demolish state-approved Three-Self churches and dismantle crosses is continuing all over the country, in the eastern… Read more »
  • Church of Almighty God Members “Transformed” in Xinjiang
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    Alongside millions of persecuted Muslims, CAG members are also sent to internment camps. Those who are not are indoctrinated at home to renounce their faith. by Chang Xin The Church of Almighty God is the largest Christian new religious movement in China; it has been included in the list of… Read more »
  • The CCP Secret Plan Revealed: Eradicate House Churches in Two Years
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    The CCP has a new mission: eliminating house churches nationwide within the next two years. In the meantime, it’s upping the ante, forcibly shutting down churches and targeting them even in cyberspace.  by Li Mingxuan Bitter Winter has learned that police in different provinces tell openly believers that the CCP… Read more »
  • Children of Detained Uyghurs Left to Fend for Themselves
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    Testimonies by Han Chinese about the plight of “orphaned” children in Xinjiang: freezing on streets, monitored by classmates and teachers as suspected terrorists.  by Xiang Yi People’s hearts have been touched by the fate of “orphaned” Uyghur children whose parents are locked up in transformation through education camps in Xinjiang… Read more »
  • China Turning Buddhist And Taoist Temples Into Entertainment Centers
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    Across the country, the CCP is “transforming” temples into cultural auditoriums, government offices and elderly activity centers. by Sun Kairui Zhejiang: Mahjong tables and Bodhisattva statues “cohabit” the same room Nearly 10,000 “comprehensive rural cultural auditoriums” have been built in the eastern province of Zhejiang, designed to “enrich the spiritual… Read more »
  • 10 Sola Fide Meeting Venues in Zibo City, Shandong, Shut Down
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    Four of the church’s leaders were also arrested in one of the largest operations against this network of house churches. by Ye Jiajia It was all in a day’s work. On June 23, local government officials launched a joint operation, separately arriving at each meeting venue of True Love Church,… Read more »
  • Orders to State-Run Churches: Become More Chinese or Face Destruction
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    As CCP’s “sinicization” campaign intensifies, Three-Self churches are forcibly transformed, losing religious symbols and any likeness to European architecture. by Li Mingxuan In March, Xu Xiaohong, chairman of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches, remarked at a conference that churches in China should free… Read more »
  • Demolish or Sell! Three-Self Churches Dispersed in Jiangxi
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    Government-controlled Protestant churches suffer brutal crackdowns, often resulting in closures that leave large numbers of believers without a place to worship. by Tang Zhe On July 3, the Shangrao city government in the southeastern province of Jiangxi forcibly demolished a Three-Self church. According to an eyewitness, that day, more than… Read more »
  • Worshiping in a Bathhouse to Evade Persecution
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    To avoid raids and arrests, house church believers disguise their venues or opt to pray in the mountains, just to stay away from the watchful eyes of the regime. by Zhou Xiaolu Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect in 2018, all places of worship that are… Read more »
  • Pro-CCP Hackers in Action: FOREF Site Attacked
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    Forum for Religious Freedom Europe’s most successful videos ever denounced the persecution against The Church of Almighty God’s refugees in South Korea. A dark hand (or rather a red hand) viciously deleted them. by Massimo Introvigne Peter Zoehrer interviewing Jia Zhigang On July 31, 2019, Bitter Winter published an article… Read more »
  • Attacks on Religious Venues Surge in Hubei Ahead of Central Government Inspections
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    Provincial and municipal governments are intensifying purges against churches and temples to demonstrate the superiors their achievements in suppressing religion. by Cai Congxin Since September last year, the central United Front Work Department (UFWD) has been executing its first-ever nationwide supervision program, initiated by the CCP’s Central Committee, to check… Read more »
  • Don’t Worship Buddha – the State Orders You to Learn Calligraphy Instead
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    Buddhist and Taoist places of worship are continuously taken over by the government. Believers are dispersed, religion replaced with “red” cultural activities. by Zhang Feng A thousand-year-old temple becomes an exhibition hall Dayun Temple, also known as Tiefo Temple (literally “Iron Buddha Temple”), is located in Yaodu district of Linfen… Read more »
  • Inform on Religious Friends or Relatives, Get a Reward and Keep Your Job
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    Arrest quotas, monetary bonuses, fines, other “stick and carrot” methods are widely used to encourage officials and police officers to suppress people of faith. by Shen Xiang Bitter Winter has obtained a document, entitled Reward and Punishment Measures of the Public Security Bureau for Key Work to Combat Xie Jiao… Read more »
  • Big Brother’s “Sharp Eyes” Monitor Religious Venues 24/7
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    Each word and movement by believers now tracked, as churches and temples are included in the nationwide massive surveillance project for rural areas. by Tang Zhe The “Sharp Eyes Project” – the surveillance program intended to cover all rural areas – has been gradually implemented in towns and villages since… Read more »
  • The Bizarre of CCP’s Crackdowns on Buddhism and Taoism
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    The government orders to change the appearance of temples, prohibits religious words and traditional ceremonies. Some believers end up in police custody. by An Xin If the CCP’s crackdown on Christianity is waged in the name of “de-Westernization,” and the suppression of Islam as the fight against “terrorism and radicalism,”… Read more »
  • A County in Henan Launches 5-Star Rating for Churches
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    A new control measure imposed on the government-approved churches threatens to close down any religious venue that loses points for disobeying the regime. by Jiang Tao Since March, all venues that belong to the five authorized religions in China in a county of central China’s Henan Province are rated on… Read more »
  • From Actor to Refugee: The Story of Jia Zhigang
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    He was once a famous actor in China. Then, he converted to The Church of Almighty God and escaped religious persecution by fleeing to South Korea. The CCP keeps persecuting him even there.  by Jia Zhigang Jia in The Honest and Clean Official Yu Chenglong Fake News A while ago,… Read more »
  • Church “Facelifted” in Preparation for an Inspection
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    Three-Self churches ordered to change extensively, replacing religious symbols with communist paraphernalia. If the Party is not satisfied, they risk being closed. by Han Sheng In recent years, as the CCP brutally cracks down on Christianity in the name of “sinicization” of religion, even state-controlled Three-Self churches have been subjected… Read more »
  • Exorbitant Fines Imposed on Landlords of Religious Venues
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    Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $ 30,000. The measure, supported with propaganda, has left many churches homeless. by Li Guang “Proactively report privately-established religious venues and illegal religious activities.” “For those who facilitate illegal religious activities, in serious cases,… Read more »
  • Accused of “Foreign Infiltration,” Japanese Jehovah’s Witnesses Deported
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    CCP is surveilling and arresting foreign missionaries across China as part of a nationwide campaign, forcing believers to meet in hiding and conceal their faith. by Wang Anyang Based on the nationwide Work Plan of the Special Operation to Investigate and Deal with Overseas Christian Infiltration According to Law, issued last… Read more »
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