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CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-30.01.2022)

 

General

21.01.2022 – State Administration for religious affairs in China explains new internet regulations

To better answer the public’s questions with regards to the latest measures promulgated to curb religious activities online, the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) in China recently published written responses on its website. ICC selected a few responses to indicate the scope of such measures.

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Uyghurs

21.01.2022 – $65 million to finance Uyghur genocide denial.

The Newlines magazine investigation just refuses to go away. Shooting the messenger would not solve China’s problem.

On January 18, a shocking expose by Newlines magazine revealed that an enormous amount of money is being channeled to those CCP sympathizers in the West who deny the Uyghur genocide and claim that Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang enjoy religious liberty and live a happy life.

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21.01.2022 – French Parliament recognizes the Uyghur genocide

The United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada… And now, France. On January 20, 2022, the French National Assembly voted, with 169 “yes” and only one “no,” a resolution stating that the Assembly “officially recognizes the violence perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide.”

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21.01.2022 – Five women from Uyghur family sentenced to long prison terms in China’s Xinjiang.

A court in Xinjiang sentenced five Muslim Uyghur women from one family to lengthy jail terms for “illegal” religious activities, according to a copy of the 2019 verdict recently obtained by RFA.

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Protestants

27.01.2022 – Early Rain member constantly harassed—forcibly removed from home

On the afternoon of January 24, Brother Jia Xuewei of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu went to his apartment with his landlord, a female Christian of his church, to pick up his personal possessions. He hasn’t lived here for eight months. The door was vandalized, and the keyhole was sealed with glue. When he tried to open the door, the apartment management office staff called the police. Several police officers came from Jinjiang District. The landlord explained the situation to the officers, but they still summoned Brother Jia Xuewei to the police station under the guise of “suspicion of picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

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26.01.2022 – RFA: Chinese Christian group anxiously awaits asylum decision on South Korean island.

The Jeju “Mayflower” Church fled China in 2019 to escape religious persecution. Pastor Pan Yongguang and his congregation applied for refugee status at multiple levels of the Korean government without success. Radio Free Asia published an article summarizing their story and provided some new details.

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17.01.2022 – Chinese Christian sued CCP official for various illegal practices

Yesterday, Mrs. Guo Juan, wife of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church’s Zhang Chenghao, wrote in a public prayer request letter:

One week ago, I sued Mr. Hu, deputy team leader of Lüliang city national security agency. He is in charge of the case of my husband and Pastor An Yankui. Due to the stressful situation, I feel weak and scared. I pray for God’s help. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24).

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Church of Almighty God

20.01.2022 – Christian dies during 4-Year detention for his Faith in God

Chu Qingming (pseudonym), male, born in 1971, a resident of the eastern province of Shandong, was a Christian of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). He was arrested by the CCP police in December 2020 for his belief in Almighty God, and later was sentenced to 4 years in prison. He died during detention at the age of 50.

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20.01.2022 – Christian dies of illness from mistreatment in custody after arrested for his faith

Hu Zhibin (pseudonym), male, born in 1953, was a Christian of The Church of Almighty God (CAG) in the central province of Hubei. In October 2018, Hu was arrested by the CCP police for his faith in Almighty God and was subjected to torture during interrogation. When he was held in the detention house, he was mistreated, and suffered illness without treatment, which caused his condition to be worsening. He died of illness on November 7, 2021 in prison.

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Buddhists

18.01.2022 – Tenzin Delek Rinpoche: Statue removed, relatives arrested

Fifteen years after the suspicious death in jail of the charismatic Buddhist monk from Kham, the CCP is still afraid of him.

How many in the West remember today the name of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche? Once, many in the world mobilized to save this famous Tibetan monk from execution. But this was 2002, twenty years ago. The human rights activists believed they had succeeded at least in persuading the CCP to convert the monk’s death sentence into life imprisonment.

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24.01.2022 Tibetan online religious groups banned in Qinghai

Authorities in northwestern China’s Qinghai province are banning Tibetan social media groups tied to religion, warning group members they will be investigated and jailed if they continue to use them, sources say.

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Falun Gong

26.01.2022 – Liu Xiyong: A veteran Falun Gong prisoner’s suspicious death in jail

The 80-year-old man from Liaoning province had spent years in prison and was repeatedly tortured.

Liu Xiyong, an 80-year-old Falun Gong prisoner of conscience, died suspiciously in Dalian’s No. 3 Prison, in Liaoning province, on December 29, 2021. His family and co-religionists believe he was persecuted to death.

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26.01.2022 – Guangdong woman sentenced to 4.5 years for talking to people about Falun Gong.

A Jieyang City, Guangdong Province resident was sentenced to 4.5 years for her faith in Falun Gong in late 2020 and transferred to the Guangdong Province Women’s Prison in November 2021.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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25.01.2022 – Eleven Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing sentenced to prison ahead of Winter Olympics

Eleven Falun Gong practitioners were sentenced by the Dongcheng District Court in Beijing on January 14, 2022, after being arrested for sending photos of the empty city during the pandemic to overseas media. The sentencing came weeks before the 2022 Winter Olympics, set to be held in China from February 4 to 20.

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