• The Nightmare of Uyghurs Returning to Xinjiang
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    Coming home is usually a happy occasion. But for Uyghurs who work outside Xinjiang, every visit to the native region may end with detention in an internment camp. by Ye Ling For Uyghurs who live away from home for work, going back to Xinjiang to visit their families and friends… Read more »
  • African Christian Students Can’t Practice Their Faith in China
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    They are not allowed to have their places of worship or join Chinese. Besides, they have been placed under surveillance and are targeted in secret investigations. by Gu Xi CCP’s vigorous crackdown on places of worship with foreign ties under the pretext of “preventing foreign infiltration through religion,” also impacts… Read more »
  • How Chinese Christians Worship in the Face of Persecution
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    Even pigsties, sheep pens, and cemeteries can become meeting venues for believers – as long as it allows them to avoid questioning and inspections by the state. by Wang Yichi The Chinese authorities spare no effort in persecuting people for their religious beliefs by vigorously cracking down on “unofficial” and… Read more »
  • Muslims Forced to Sing Patriotic Songs on Religious Festivals
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    Mosques across China are “sinicized” by the regime that forcibly imposes communist ideology on the faithful, removing religious tenets and values from their lives. by Wu Haiping Since last year, the CCP has been forcing people of faith to sing “red” songs, hold activities that praise the Communist Party, and… Read more »
  • Hong Kong, Taiwan Residents Controlled in Mainland China
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    To curb any possibility of democratic sentiment dispersing in the country, the government imposes strict measures on visitors to and from the two regions. by Lin Yijiang The Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations, which were sparked in opposition to the proposed changes to the extradition law, continue for nearly four months… Read more »
  • Xi Jinping Defeated in Nepal, Threatens to “Smash Opponents into Pieces”  
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    The Chinese President reacted angrily after the Himalayan kingdom refused to sign an extradition treaty aimed at deporting Tibetan refugees back to China. by Massimo Introvigne Nepal’s Prime Minister Sharma Oli (Credits) Nepal is home to some 20,000 Tibetan refugees, 9,000 in Kathmandu alone. Their status is uncertain, as Nepal… Read more »
  • Suppressing Jehovah’s Witnesses to “Prevent Espionage”
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    More than 100 believers were summoned by law enforcement and investigated, numerous foreign missionaries arrested and deported from China. Publications issued by Jehovah’s Witnesses (Public domain). by Li Mingxuan While actively involved in espionage internationally, either by exporting Huawei’s network technology to monitor people abroad, sending student spies to American… Read more »
  • CCP Intensifies Pressure on Catholic Conscientious Objectors
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    The auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Mindong, Guo Xijin, strong-armed again to join the Patriotic Church; rebellious places of worship shut down. by An Xin Although the Vatican’s pastoral guidelines of June 28 state that the decision of priests and bishops who refuse to join the Patriotic Catholic Church… Read more »
  • Xinjiang Children Sent to Inland Schools for “Sinicization”
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    “To control Xinjiang youth means to control the region’s future” seems to be the slogan behind the CCP’s campaign to educate Muslim children in the Han environment. by Li Ping Every year, the CCP methodically recruits large numbers of ethnic minority students from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to study… Read more »
  • “Smart Communities” Turn People’s Homes into Prisons
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    Residents are deprived of privacy and freedom, as the state watches their every move using big data, facial recognition, and invasive surveillance. by Wang Yong “Smart Security Residential Communities” is a nationwide project, implemented to upgrade access control systems into apartment buildings. However, it is also a comprehensive digital surveillance… Read more »
  • Church Demolished, Believers Falsely Accused and Arrested
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    After members of a True Jesus Church in Henan refused to have their place of worship repurposed by the state, about 1,000 government personnel came to destroy it. by Xin Lu On the morning of June 22, more than 200 believers were in a gathering at a True Jesus Church,… Read more »
  • Sola Fide Venues Suppressed for Not Joining Official Church
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    Members of these conservative Protestant house churches face increasing persecution, as their meeting venues across China are raided by the police and shut down. by Shen Xiang On June 21, the police raided a Sola Fide house church meeting venue in Linfen city in the northern province of Shanxi, where… Read more »
  • Obedient “Red Successors” Cultivated from Young Age
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    Since the first day of the new semester, the CCP has been intensifying patriotic education and anti-religious propaganda in primary and secondary schools. by Li Guang On September 2, the first day of school in Hong Kong, thousands of students disobeyed orders and, instead of going to classes, they took… Read more »
  • True Jesus Church: A Chinese Pentecostal Movement
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    Founded in 1917, and severely persecuted in the 1950s, this movement whose story is told in a new scholarly book by Melissa Inouye, accepted to join the Three-Self Church—but is now at risk again. by Massimo Introvigne Melissa Inouye’s book True Jesus (Oxford UP). Chinese “Pentecostalism?” According to some scholars,… Read more »
  • Mandatory DNA Collection Imposed to Expand National Database
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    Forced collection of biometric data intensifies all over China, aimed at even broader surveillance of residents. Ethnic minorities and believers are prime targets. by Chang Xin The Ministry of Public Security started creating a national DNA database in the 2000s as part of a larger project known as the Golden… Read more »
  • Three-Self Church Clergy Dismissed for Being “Anti-Party”
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    Preachers of state-approved churches pressured to replace God with communist ideology. Those who disobey are accused of disloyalty to the regime and are fired. by An Xin In August, a Three-Self church in the northeastern province of Liaoning suspended one of its preachers, a graduate from the Alliance Bible Seminary… Read more »
  • Social Credit-Like Measures Employed to Suppress Churches
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    Similar to the infamous national reputation system, used for mass surveillance and control of citizens, churches face closure for “defying” government regulations. by Jiang Tao Standardized assessment enters places of worship A county under the jurisdiction of Zhengzhou, the capital of the central province of Henan, recently implemented a system… Read more »
  • Hui Muslim Culture, Religion Purged in Henan and Ningxia
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    Muslims outside Xinjiang face growing suppression, as the CCP removes symbols of their faith, controls mosques, executing its five-year plan to “sinicize” Islam. by Wang Yichi The suppression of Muslims is not limited to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region anymore – the CCP has extended its repressive measures to other… Read more »
  • One Year After the Veterans’ Protest in Pingdu
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    On October 5, 2018, retired soldiers from across China came to Shandong to voice their grievances but were suppressed by the state they sacrificed their lives to. Veterans from across China gathered on the site of the October 2018 protest in Pingdu. (Weiquan.com) By Zhang Wenshu October 5 marked the… Read more »
  • Government Scams Believers to Demolish Their Churches
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    To prevent members of state-approved Three-Self churches from practicing their faith, the CCP forces them to “donate” places of worship or seizes them forcibly. By Xin Lu Since last year, the CCP has shut down or forcibly demolished numerous Three-Self meeting venues, and it has been using the pretexts of… Read more »
  • A Taoist God Sculpture Turned Into a Billboard
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    The government of Chongqing municipality is demolishing Taoist and Buddhist symbols, as part of the nationwide crackdown on outdoor religious statues. by Yu Shi In the CCP’s war against all religions in China, even Buddhism and Taoism – the two of the Three Teaching of Chinese spirituality and religion, along… Read more »
  • “Devil’s Birthday”: CCP’s Victims Remembered Worldwide
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    As Beijing lavishly celebrated 70 years of communist rule, thousands of protestors in many countries gathered to condemn the brutal regime.  by Li Bei Last weekend, at least 65 cities in 24 countries joined the “Global Anti-Totalitarianism” rallies to support the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. More protests were held around… Read more »
  • Prisoners of Conscience Deprived of Rights to Medical Care
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    Sentenced to serve time in China’s prisons, dissidents and people of faith are denied treatment, left to die. Even severely ill are forced to manual labor. By An Xin Incidents of gravely ill prisoners of conscience dying in detention, deprived of medical care and denied medical parole, are a frequent… Read more »
  • CCP’s Plans to Install a False Dalai Lama Exposed
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    Tibetan leaders convene in Dharamshala and warn the world that the CCP will designate a counterfeit reincarnation of the current Dalai Lama when he will die. by Massimo Introvigne Opening ceremony of the 3rd Special General Meeting in Dharamshala. Courtesy of the Tibet Policy Institute. On October 5, the 3rd… Read more »
  • Article 300: CCP’s Secret Weapon of Religious Persecution
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    A study of 200 court decisions published in the scholarly Journal of CESNUR demonstrates that living a normal religious life in a banned group is enough to go to jail in China. by Massimo Introvigne One of the court decisions based on article 300 against members of The Church of… Read more »
  • Joining Foreign Churches Means Betraying the Party, CCP Claims
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    Under the regime’s harsh crackdown on overseas religious groups active in China, countless churchgoers forced to give up faith or even end up losing freedom. by Li Mingxuan Ever since the United Front Work Department and the Ministry of Public Security jointly issued the Work Plan of the Special Operation… Read more »
  • Missionaries Deported to “Resist Religious Infiltration”
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    The CCP intensifies crackdowns on overseas religious groups in China; believers not allowed to have contacts with foreigners or even watch TV programs from abroad. by Wang Anyang A believer from Tonghua city in the northeastern province of Jilin was talking to a pastor from a state-sanctioned Three-Self church in… Read more »
  • Oppressed Religious Groups Joined Anti-Totalitarianism Rallies
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    To support Hong Kong’s protesters and denounce communist tyranny, 65 cities in 24 countries around the world held rallies on September 29. by Li Bei “Yesterday, it was Xinjiang and Tibet. Today, it is Hong Kong and Taiwan. Tomorrow, it will be the free world,” said delegates of Hong Kong… Read more »
  • Clampdowns on House Churches Continue Across China
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    CCP intensifies its campaign to eradicate places of worship that don’t belong to the official Three-Self Church. Bibles destroyed, assets seized, believers arrested. by Li Guang Bitter Winter continues to receive more reports about crackdowns on people of faith, organized ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the… Read more »
  • Documents Expose CCP’s Efforts to Manipulate Chinese Diaspora
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    Provincial governments intensify the “united front work” to track down and use overseas Chinese for expanding the regime’s influence abroad and suppressing dissent. by Ye Ling  Bitter Winter has obtained internal documents, issued by the governments in the provinces of Anhui, Henan, and Liaoning, confirming that the CCP investigates and collects… Read more »
  • Family Blocked from Learning the Cause of Son’s Death
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    18-year-old Zhang Ning died under suspicious circumstances on a school campus. Instead of getting help and answers, the grieving family faced violence and obstacles. by Han Sheng “Dad, Happy Father’s Day! Don’t smoke and drink so much. Everything is fine with me,” Zhang Ning, an 18-year-old high school student, wrote… Read more »
  • Beijing Ramped up Crackdowns on Churches Before National Day
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    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party rule, China’s capital prepared a “gift” for believers by closing down their places of worship. by Wang Gong Ahead of the celebrations, dedicated to the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s capital intensified “social stability… Read more »
  • CCP’s Birthday: A View from Xinjiang
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    Xi Jinping celebrated with great fanfare the 70th anniversary of the Communist victory in China. The Uyghurs try to tell the world that all that glitters is not gold. by Ruth Ingram The Dragon in Festive Mood Uyghurs are compelled to wave red flags and celebrate in national dress. A… Read more »
  • Ancestral Halls Converted into Communist Propaganda Bases
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    Nurtured through generations, sacred places for families to pay respect to their ancestors are taken over by the state for indoctrination, shut down or demolished. by An Xin An integral part of China’s folk religions, ancestral halls (known in Chinese as citang or zongci) and temples are built to pay tribute and… Read more »
  • Buddhist Sculptures of High Artistic Value Destroyed
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    The CCP continues its campaign to dismantle all open-air Buddhist icons. Even pieces of art with religious connotations are not spared. by Yang Xiangwen The CCP is demolishing every Buddhist statue in sight – whether in scenic areas, temples, or cemeteries – under a variety of pretexts. For scenic areas… Read more »
  • Suppression of Believers Intensifies Ahead of National Day
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    Over 100 Church of Almighty God members were arrested during a nationwide crackdown before the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. by Zhao Mingzhe As the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), marked on October 1 approaches, the communist regime is confronting its… Read more »
  • Pressure on “Unruly” Catholics Rises Amid Hong Kong Protests
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    Fearing that pro-democracy demonstrations will kindle the spirit of Catholics refusing to join the Patriotic Church, the CCP expands restrictive measures. by Tang Zhe Some of Hong Kong’s Catholic clergy are active supporters of the pro-democracy movement that had evolved from the anti-extradition bill protests in June. Like Joseph Ha… Read more »
  • Imams Indoctrinated, Forced to Spread Communist Ideology
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    While removing domes and the crescent moon and star symbols from mosques, the CCP intensifies control over imams and speeds up their “ideological transformation.” by Gu Xi Transformation through indoctrination According to an imam from Qinghai, a landlocked province in northwestern China, the CCP frequently demands imams to undergo political… Read more »
  • Religious Prisoners Deprived of Visitation Rights
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    Denying jailed believers any contact with families, the CCP not only torments them mentally but also uses it as a leverage to make them renounce their faith.  by Li Benbo According to the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, adopted… Read more »
  • Catholicism in China Discussed at a Seminar in the European Parliament
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    Experts convened in Brussels to discuss religious persecution and the aftermath of the Vatican-China deal of 2018, one year after it was signed. by Marco Respinti What is happening to the Catholic Church in China is so important that even non-Catholics, and in a secular institution like the European Parliament,… Read more »
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