• Four More Open-Air Buddhist Statues Destroyed
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    The CCP’s war against large religious statues continues nationwide: recent casualties from the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi, and Zhejiang. Ye Jiajia Since last year, the CCP has dismantled numbers of large open-air Buddhist statues in every region of the country under a variety of trumped-up excuses – that statues… Read more »
  • Surveillance Cameras Besiege Three-Self Churches
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    Believers in government-controlled churches have their personal and religious freedoms violated, as authorities watch their every move. Yang Guang’an In February, the chairman of the Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement of Huaiyin district of Huai’an city in the eastern province of Jiangsu mentioned in a report that in 2018, 155 of… Read more »
  • Teams of Three Sent to Supervise Religious Venues
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    CCP intensifies the already sweeping surveillance of places of worship by assigning officials to each; to control believers and ensure loyalty to the Party line. Zhang Wenshu According to a document, issued in March by the government of a locality in the eastern province of Shandong, entitled “Team of Three… Read more »
  • Kazakhstan: Serikzhan Bilash Remains Under House Arrest
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    Activist who denounced atrocities in China should remain in jail at least until July 10, while heavy Chinese pressures in Kazakhstan continue. Images of the court hearing Massimo Introvigne On June 7, 2019, the Justice Court of Nur-Sultan (formerly Almaty) ruled to keep Serikzhan Bilash, the head of the Atajurt… Read more »
  • Journalism in Face of the “Uyghur Crisis”
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    The daily experience of Bitter Winter in covering the topic and how best civil society can leverage this critical coverage. Or, one by one, we make a difference.  Marco Respinti The following remarks have been presented on June 7, 2019, during the “Media Approaches” panel at “Confronting Atrocities in China:… Read more »
  • Smart Locks in Rental Properties Also Monitor Believers
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    Promoted as a tool to “maintaining stability,” the locks that use facial recognition, phones, or IDs, is a new addition to the system of complete surveillance. Tang Wanming As the primary accommodation choice for transient population and used for gathering venues by religious groups, rental properties have become critical targets… Read more »
  • CCP-Launched Online Game Promotes Fear of Religions
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    Prizes and mandatory partaking for official helped the anti-xie jiao quiz slandering the banned religions to attract over 11 million users in just two weeks. Chen Jinsheng On March 20, the CCP launched a nationwide month-long knowledge quiz competition themed “boycott xie jiao and revere science.” Based on a popular… Read more »
  • Chairman Mao Temple Demolished After “Bitter Winter” Report
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    CCP-designated “red education base” to worship communist leaders was razed to the ground day after the news appeared, to rid of this oddity and avoid humiliation. Li Guang “Chairman Mao Buddha Temple” before and after the demolition. On May 11, the Chinese site of Bitter Winter reported about the “Chairman… Read more »
  • New Stability Maintenance Target: LED Lightboxes
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    To prevent any anti-government content from appearing publicly, the CCP is taking measures to control the content of computer-controlled displays.  Zhang Wenshu On April 8, visitors to the emergency department of the Gaoyang County Hospital, located in Baoding city in northern China’s Hebei Province, were met with an anti-China slogan… Read more »
  • Devastated by Drugs: Nightmare of Detained Believers
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    Members of The Church of Almighty God recall their experiences while in custody where they were forced to take psychoactive substances, alongside other tortures. An Xin Falun Gong practitioners, members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG), dissidents, and other prisoners of conscience, illegally detained by the CCP, as well… Read more »
  • “The CCP’s trampling of human rights has reached a peak”
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    The three decades since the Tiananmen tragedy have passed in the blink of an eye, but the scenes of the CCP’s violent acts of suppression feel just as vivid as yesterday. Tracy Jiao  This is the full text of the address given by the Author, a member of The Church… Read more »
  • Women and Children First ‒ to be Slaughtered
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    After the folly of the “one-child policy”, here comes the folly of the “two-child policy”. And girls are still selectively aborted.   Reggie Littlejohn This is the full text of the address given by the Author, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, at the Tiananmen Square Massacre Rally of Remembrance held… Read more »
  • Tiananmen and the Persecution of Religion 30 Years After
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    Highlighting the strong connection between the persecution that the CCP wages against religions and the 1989 massacre. Marco Respinti  This is the full text of the address given by the Author at the Tiananmen Square Massacre Rally of Remembrance held on June 4, at the West Lawn of the United… Read more »
  • From Washington to Tiananmen: Liberty and Justice Will Prevail
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    The remembrance rally of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation sent a clear message to Beijing on the 30th anniversary of the bloodshed. Bitter Winter was there. Marco Respinti Many people like to say that communism is dead and belongs just to the past. Unfortunately, millions and millions of Chinese… Read more »
  • Time Is No Healer for Uyghur “Widows” and “Orphans” in Turkey
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    After her husband was taken by the CCP police and “disappeared,” Nafisa became a de facto widow and fled to Turkey. Life is not easy for Uyghur refugees there. Uyghur children, most of them “orphans,” studying their own language in Istanbul. Ruth Ingram They say that time heals but time… Read more »
  • Believers, and Their Dead, Too, Are Driven Out of Temples
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    The CCP is sealing off Buddhist and Taoist temples nationwide. Even the ashes of the deceased are unable to find peace. A sign reading “Follow the Party forever” stands in front of Tianyi Temple Xin Lu Taoist and Buddhist temples sealed off On April 19, several government officials from Naodian… Read more »
  • Xunsiding Church Closed After Months of Harassment
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    A nearly 70-year-old and one of the most influential house churches in Fujian Province ceased to function on May 31; the church’s pastor heavily fined. Ye Ling Located in Xiamen city of southeast China’s Fujian Province, Xunsiding Church was a well-known and popular house church founded in 1950. On May… Read more »
  • Buddhist and Taoist Temples Sealed Off and Altered
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    Under the CCP’s religious crackdown, Buddhist and Taoist temples are being demolished or forced to undergo a “metamorphosis.” Cai Congxin The crackdown on Buddhist and Taoist temples continue, according to multiple reports received by Bitter Winter from Hubei and Henan provinces. We receive these reports almost daily. Here are some… Read more »
  • Churches Shut Down, Demolished—Despite Deals with CCP 
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    The compromises Three-Self churches made with the Chinese government only brought intensified persecution, not peace. Li Changshan “If you don’t follow the government’s demands, the church will be sealed off!” Government officials often threaten Christians in this way to force them to carry out all of the government’s policies. Even… Read more »
  • A Global Tiananmen: Remembering Is Not Enough
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    June 4 commemorates Tiananmen. It is more than a memory. Persecution continues in China, and is even exported abroad through the harassment of refugees. Bodies of civilians killed in Tiananmen Square, June 4, 1989 – Courtesy of Rarehistoricalphotos.com Massimo Introvigne Index: When – What – Why – Aftermath – Globalization… Read more »
  • Sayragul Sauytbay Has Left Kazakhstan
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    Still without refugee status in Kazakhstan, the woman who exposed the horror of Xinjiang camps left the country on June 3, seeking asylum in Sweden. Massimo Introvigne Bitter Winter has learned that on June 3, 2019 at 2.10 a.m. Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh who had managed to escape the… Read more »
  • Local Officials at the Forefront of Crackdown on Religions
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    Prohibited from believing in God themselves, Party members and officials are pledging to watch for and persecute all religious activities. Li Mingxuan Religious suppression has become an essential political mission for the CCP. Officials on the grassroots level, like village-level Party functionaries, are demanded to play an active role in… Read more »
  • Thousand Wrongful Arrests Just to Impede Religions
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    People that are not even members of prohibited religious groups can be persecuted only because of their religious relatives or as a result of random events. The interrogation room in a police station. Yang Xiangwen A book and a piece of paper lead to persecution In April, a man who… Read more »
  • The Purge of Religion-Related Signboards Escalates
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    Many businesses have been forced to change their names, eliminating any references to faith, even if the signs were not meant to be religious at all. Li Guang The Rules for the Prohibited and Restricted Use of Enterprise Names, promulgated by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in August… Read more »
  • For “Tiananmen Mothers” It’s Not yet Time to Surrender
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    Thirty years after the horrible massacre, which took away their children forever, they keep on fighting for the truth. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., honors them. Members of the “Tiananmen Mothers” in March 2019 (credits). Marco Respinti On the night of June 3, 1989, ten divisions of the People’s Liberation… Read more »
  • Taiwan Religious Freedom Forum Denounces Persecution, Organ Harvesting in China
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    Three-day conference concludes with statements exposing CCP’s horrific repression of Uyghurs and movements it labels as xie jiao. Bitter Winter was there. President Tsai and conference participants Marco Respinti On June 1, 2019, Taiwanese Vice-President Mr Chen Chien-jen concluded the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, a three-day event hosted by… Read more »
  • Informants Infiltrated on University Campuses
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    Student “spies” are secretly monitoring teachers and students, reporting any information about religious beliefs or activities to the school. The corridor of a university in Xiamen city Ye Lan A Christian university student from Beijing has recently encountered an incident that has left her with lingering fear. That day, she… Read more »
  • Jiangxi’s Poyang County Declares War on Religion
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    The CCP uses soft and tough methods: from indoctrinating performances in praise of the Party to dismantling crosses. The goal is to make religions disappear. Wang Yong Poyang is the most populous county in southeast China’s Jiangxi Province that has a large population of Christians. The local authorities are using an endless… Read more »
  • Sad Celebrations: Iftar with Uyghur Refugees in Istanbul
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    Uyghurs gather to break the Ramadan fast together, and tell Bitter Winter how the CCP is breaking families and causing “spiritual sickness” in their community. Uyghurs gathering for the Iftar party, in Zeytinburnu, a suburb of Istanbul Ruth Ingram Against the shadow of a holocaust back home, Uyghur diaspora Iftar… Read more »
  • Huawei Smartphones to “Maintain Stability”
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    The specially developed new devises allow law enforcement officers to access databases of citizens using facial recognition and other biometric data. Yang Xiangwen The new jingwutong (literally, police affairs and communications) smartphone for law enforcement was specifically developed by the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security based… Read more »
  • Books on Religion Branded Harmful, Handled as Pornography
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    The crackdown on religious publications intensifies in Inner Mongolia, officials inspecting postal packages, burning books, and censoring online communication. The deputy director of the Religious Affairs Bureau is inspecting and guiding the work to eradicate pornography and illegal publications. Gu Qi The Chinese authorities continue to use its policy to… Read more »
  • A Tale of Non-Uyghur Activists Battling for Uyghurs’ Freedom
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    Yosef Roth is a Jew who thinks that as a Jewish believer he must try to relieve the sorrow of oppressed Muslims. He founded “Uyghur Rally” with Corby Johnson. May 3, 2019 rally in Washington, D.C. Marco Respinti When it comes to persecution by atheistic bigotry, sometimes the worst enemy… Read more »
  • CAG Elderly Member Persecuted Through Retaliation on Her Family
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    After an elderly Christian was arrested for being active in The Church of Almighty God, the CCP excluded her grandchildren from attending college, leading the family to sever ties with her. Zhang Wenshu An elderly member of The Church of Almighty God (CAG; her name is not disclosed for security… Read more »
  • “Sinicization” of Islam Continues in Henan
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    Whether it’s a mosque, a residential area, or shop signboards, anything with Islamic symbols is being altered or destroyed by the authorities. This campaign is now in full force in Henan. Wang Yichi The CCP has passed a new law regarding Islam, whereby it will dedicate itself to a five-year… Read more »
  • Communist Party as the New Opium of the People  
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    A propaganda performance is touring villages in Jiangxi Province, pressurizing people to replace belief in God with worshiping the regime. Wang Yong The phrase “Religion is the opium of the people” – coined by the German economist and socialist revolutionary Karl Marx (1818-1883) nearly 180 years ago and widely used… Read more »
  • Multiple Three-Self Churches Across Henan “Donated” to State
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    The CCP claims that in each “area” of the province, one Three-Self church is enough. The others should be “donated” to the government, which will use them for secular purposes. Tang Feng Government officials in Xinmi city, in central China’s Henan Province, are giving believers an utterly unreasonable choice: “donate”… Read more »
  • Unlawful, Forced Explants of Human Organs: Still Ongoing
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    Dr. Huige Li, Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center in Germany, is an expert on this plague. His testimonies unfold a nightmare. He recounts it to Bitter Winter.   Marco Respinti Transplant abuse in China continues despite claims of reform: it is as horrible and as simple as… Read more »
  • Religious Suppressions Intensify in Shandong
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    A comprehensive crackdown is in progress: believers registered, sent to transformation through education “classes,” more surveillance cameras installed. Ye Jiajia As Bitter Winter reported last week, the religious persecution in the eastern province of Shandong is escalating. In preparation for a visit from the central religious inspection team, local governments… Read more »
  • Chinese Authorities Shut Down House Church After 14 Years of Persecution
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    The Fuzhou Reformed House Church has been shut down by the authorities for refusing to join the Three-Self Church. An Xin The Chinese government doesn’t seem to care a whit about the holidays its people celebrate, which is seemingly evident in its crackdown on the Fuzhou Reformed Church on Mother’s… Read more »
  • Muslim Man Detained for Not Smoking or Drinking
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    A Uyghur woman living in Shanxi tells her sad story. Uyghurs living elsewhere in China are sent back to Xinjiang and arrested there if they look like devout Muslims. Uyghur women working in a government-run factory Zhang Feng A Uyghur woman from north China’s Shanxi Province, lives in a very… Read more »
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