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CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-31.10.2021)

General

01.11.2021 – China: Anti-religious education comes to kindergarten

Propaganda against “xie jiao and illegal religion,” not very successful with adults, now targets children as young as 3.

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28.10.2021 – Christian persecution includes, but not only limited to physical harm

In the NOLA article, “What Counts as Persecution When Applying for Asylum or Refugee Status,” Ilona Bray, J.D. asserts that many things, including, but not limited to physical harm may qualify as persecution for a person seeking asylum or refugee status. The United States immigration law’s definition of “refugee” mentions the word “persecution” (See the Immigration and Nationality Act at I.N.A. Section 101(a)(42)). The law, however, does not provide a separate definition of persecution, nor specifically list any types of harm that could qualify for consideration, except for the law that states people who have or fear being “forced to abort a pregnancy or to undergo involuntary sterilization….”

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Church of Almighty God

30.10.2021 – Christian Zeng Lianjiao wanted by CCP for her faith in Almighty God

Zeng Lianjiao, female, born in 1968, a resident of Meizhou city in the southern province of Guangdong, is a member of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). She is kind and helpful but is wanted by the CCP merely for her faith in Almighty God. In August 2021, the Rongcheng branch of the Public Security Bureau of Jieyang prefecture-level city published an online notice about a price set for wanting Zeng Lianjiao.

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29.10.21 – United Nations States that Christians in China are “at risk of torture”

In a landmark decision concerning a Church of Almighty God asylum seeker in Switzerland, the U.N. Committee Against Torture ruled that the risk exists for all Christians.

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Uyghur Muslims

21.10.2021 – 43 countries criticize China at UN for repression of Uyghurs

More than 40 mainly Western countries criticized China at a U.N. meeting on Thursday for the reported torture and repression of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, keeping a spotlight on the region where foreign governments and researchers say an estimated 1 million people or more have been confined in camps.

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20.10.2021 – Xinjiang’s ‘architecture of repression’ targets Muslim Uighurs

In November of 2018, Anayit Abliz, a Muslim Uighur from China’s far western region of Xinjiang, was sentenced to three years in prison for using a file-sharing application called Zapya and a virtual private network (VPN) to communicate online the previous year.

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Catholics

29.10.2021 – USCIRF releases factsheet on China’s measures on the management of religious clergy.

This factsheet provides an overview of the new Chinese government Measures on the Management of Religious Clergy and their adverse impact on religious freedom in China. Issued in February 2021 and effective in May 2021, these new measures are part of a series of newly issued regulations that supplement the revised 2018 Regulations on Religious Affairs.

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27.10.2021 – Vatican-approved bishop ‘kidnapped’ in China

A Chinese Catholic bishop who was arrested several times for refusing to cut ties with the Vatican has disappeared again, with media reports claiming he has been “kidnapped” by authorities.

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Yongjia (Wenzhou) Diocese in Zhejiang province in eastern China was detained by authorities on Oct. 25.

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26.10.2021 – Wenzhou authorities detain Bishop Shao Zhumin again

Chinese authorities yesterday seized Msgr. Shao Zhumin, bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang). AsiaNews has learned this from sources on the ground who relay that the bishop was officially taken away “on vacation”.

In a message, Chinese Catholics ask for prayers for the kidnapped bishop: “Pray that the Lord will give him confidence and courage, that he will not be demoralized by what happened

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Falun Gong

26.10.2021 – Wuhan authorities build new brainwashing centers in Bid to eradicate Falun Gong

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, has added 10 brainwashing centers since the beginning of 2021 to incarcerate steadfast practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline and meditation that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1999.

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20.10.2021 – Various tortures used to target Falun Gong practitioners jailed in Yunnan Province second women’s prison

The Yunnan Second Women’s Prison is a prison designated to incarcerate female felons. After the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 1999, the prison has also become a place to imprison and torture female practitioners who were sentenced for exercising their constitutional right to freedom of belief.

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18.10.21 – Falun Gong: Nurse gets four years for “inappropriate remarks”

Having being jailed in the past for distributing flyers, Yin Xianping is told that even talking about a banned movement is a crime.

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