CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.06.2021)

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 Uyghur Muslims

14.06.21 – Activists praise UK ‘People’s Tribunal’ on China’s alleged Uyghur abuse

Human rights activists and Uyghur experts have welcomed a “people’s tribunal” initiated in London last week to probe whether China’s alleged crimes against the Uyghurs amount to genocide, stressing the need for more practical action from the international community.

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10.06.21 – Uyghur camp inmates detail ‘crimes against humanity’ in New Amnesty report

More than 50 former inmates of detention camps in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) — many of whom have never spoken publicly — have presented new testimony of “crimes against humanity,” Amnesty International said in a report published Thursday.

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10.06.21 – “We were trained to torture Uyghurs”: A former police officer speaks

Electric rods were used on male prisoners’ private parts, hammers were used to break the legs of inmates, some were left to starve while others ate in front of them.

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09.06.21 – Raped, tortured, humiliated: The Uyghur tribunal hears 24 witnesses

One witness testified that she and 100 other inmates were forced to watch prison guards rape a young girl in front of them.

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05.06.21 – 900,000 Uyghur children: The saddest victims of genocide

The Chinese Communist Party has forcibly displaced them into Han Chinese families or state-run orphanages. Figures prove the program is expanding.

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03.06.21 – Mihray Erkin: The Senseless killing of a Uyghur young girl

Exiled Uyghur scholar Abduweli Ayup tells Bitter Winter how his niece died in jail just because of being his relative and cooperating with him.

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Falun Gong

15.06.21 – Three siblings imprisoned for their shared faith

Three siblings were sentenced to prison for their shared faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. The older sister, Ms. Luo Qiaoli, was sentenced to 5 years and fined 30,000 yuan.

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15.06.21 – Liaoning man succumbs to torture-induced health problems, dies 3.5 years after medical parole

While detained for his faith in Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongwei was subjected to brutal torture and force-fed highly salted milk for 29 days in a row. His health was severely damaged as a result. After struggling with severe diabetes and other health issues for three and a half years following his medical parole, Mr Li passed away on June 8, 2021. He was 58.

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11.06.21 – CCP cracks down on Korea-based good news mission

The Christian movement is being banned, and its churches raided, one province after the other.

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11.06.21 – Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church members who fled to Jeju Island and await rescue admit, “There’s no way back for us”

Persecution by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities led to approximately 60 members (30 children) of Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church in southern China currently seeking asylum in South Korea. Today, although the road ahead may seem painful and hazy at times, 43-year-old Pan Yongguang, the Church’s pastor and former doctor, tells members that every suffering they experience is a part of God’s plan. “There’s no way back for us,” he said.

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Other religious groups

07.06.21 – Shouters: Persecuted in China and entitled to asylum, Court of Rome says

An important decision recognized refugee status to members of groups classified as “xie jiao” by the CCP

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