CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FORB (16-31.08.21)


Uyghur Muslims

30.08.21 – Tibetans, Uyghurs remember those Who ‘Disappeared’ at China’s Hands

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs (Oxus) have released a new report documenting the complicity of the Pakistani and Afghan states in China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs.

The report, “Nets Cast from the Earth to the Sky”: China’s Hunt for Pakistan’s Uyghurs, distinguishes different methods by which the Chinese government represses Uyghur communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and describes how these methods violate international human rights and legal norms.

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Tibetan Buddhists

27.08.21 – Around 50 Tibetans arrested on suspicion of keeping photos of the Dalai Lama

Military search operation in Dza Wonpo Town enforced eight months on from the death in custody of 19-year-old Tenzin Nyima

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Falun Gong

31.08.21 – With arm disabled from torture during 12-year imprisonment, Liaoning woman secretly sentenced for her faith again

Over the past 22 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime, Ms. Liu Xia has been imprisoned for 12 years, during which time one of her arms became disabled from torture in custody. She was arrested again in 2019 and secretly sentenced for her faith.

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31.08.21 – Yantai City, Shandong Province: Fifteen Falun Gong practitioners targeted in group arrest detained for nearly three months

The authorities in Laishan District, Yantai City, Shandong Province orchestrated a group arrest of local Falun Gong practitioners on June 10, 2021. At the time of writing, 15 practitioners remain in custody.

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25.08.21 – Download Falun Gong books, get five years in jail

Appellate decision against two Shanxi women confirms that under Article 300 possession of printed material of a xie jiao is enough to go to jail.

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15.08.21 – Former art teacher sentenced to 6.5 years after installing window for elderly Falun Gong practitioner

Mr. Sun Shiwei, a 68-year-old former art teacher, has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison following his latest arrest in April 2020 after helping an elderly woman, also a Falun Gong practitioner, install a window.

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Other religions

18.08.21 – Seventh-day adventist clergy get heavy jail sentences in Guizhou

Officially, Adventist congregations in China are part of the Three-Self Church. Those who kept their distinctiveness are now persecuted.

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