CHINA: Special bimonthly Freedom of Religion or Belief newsletter (16-31.05.2021)
24.05.21 – China arrests Vatican-approved bishop, priests, seminarians
Authorities in northern China have arrested a Vatican-appointed Catholic bishop, his seven priests, and an unspecified number of seminarians in what is seen as part of a renewed crackdown on the underground Catholic Church in the communist country.
23.05.21 – Pope: Let us pray for the Catholics in China ‘whom I hold deep in my heart’
Pope Francis’s invitation for the Chinese faithful, on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan and the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. “The Holy Spirit is like a strong and free wind”. He “connects different people by realizing the unity and universality of the Church”
22.05.21 – Xinxiang, the bishop, seven priests and 10 seminarians arrested
Bishop Zhang Weizhu has been imprisoned on other occasions. A large number of policemen broke into the factory that served as a seminary and arrested the students and professors.
22.05.21 – 2022 Olympics: Crimes against Catholics in one of its main venues
China plans to host in Chongli, notorious for its persecution of Catholicism, most of the skiing events. Another reason to stop the Olympics.
21.04.21 – Lithuanian Parliament condemns “Uyghur genocide”
Lithuania joins its voice to the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom that have already used the G-word. Beijing is not pleased.
19.05.21 – China’s arrest of 1,046 Imams is a misguided assault on religion
Since 2014, according to a new report released by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and Justice for All, China’s authorities have arrested at least 1,046 Muslim imams from its Xinjiang (East Turkistan) region.
31.05.21 – Well-respected teacher and loving daughter held in detention center for their faith
Five members of one extended family in Guangdong Province were arrested within 48 hours in early April 2021 for their shared faith in Falun Gong. At the time of writing, only one of them was released and the other four are incarcerated in two separate detention centers.
31.05.21 – Anqing City, Anhui Province: Authorities hold brainwashing session targeting Falun Gong practitioners
The Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) of Anqing City, Anhui Province set up a brainwashing session on the first floor of Zhenfengta Hotel in early April 2021.
31.05.21 – Shouters: crackdown continues, devotee sentenced in Beijing
In Beijing, Jiangsu, and Guangxi local communities were forced to close. Several members remain in jail.
25.05.21 – Followers of persecuted Buddhist leader arrested in Henan
Nobody knows whether Tian Ruisheng died or went into seclusion. What is certain, members of his Xiang Gong movement are still persecuted.
24.05.21 – China seeks to ‘sinicise’ Tibetan religion
Lhasa [Tibet], May 23 (ANI): Despite international condemnation over human rights violations by Beijing in Tibet, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) top official in Lhasa called for greater stress on Chinese elements in religion and a crackdown on ‘separatism’ in the region.
Other religious groups
The CCP is so concerned with the banned qigong movement that it has set up a special task force to fight it.
19.05.21 – “Final” crackdown on the Lord God’s teachings Church
Despite heavy persecution, the offshoot of the Shouters is still active in rural areas. The CCP arrests and tortures members to eradicate it.
18.05.21 – Taiyuan reformed Church under police attack
Brother Zhao Weikai has been arrested on May 17. The house church has been repeatedly harassed in the last few months.