CHINA: Special Weekly FoRB Newsletter (01-08.09.2020)
07.09.20- Branded: a woman’s 28-year-long religious persecution in China
A new film tells the story of a devotee who joined The Church of Almighty God at its beginnings. She was hunted, detained, and tortured ever since.
06.09.20 – Banned religious groups’ members ‘transformed’ in Xinjiang camps
Followers of The Church of Almighty God, Falun Gong, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are kept in camps until they renounce their faith and betray fellow believers.
06.09.20 – Religious venues suppressed in the name of epidemic prevention
Churches and temples were rigorously restricted to reopen after coronavirus measures were eased, and authorities used the situation to expand control over them.
05.09.20 – Awards offered to snitch on unregistered religious venues
To prevent members of state-run churches from joining unregistered places of worship, the government implements new repressive measures to control them.
05.09.20 – Uyghurs discriminated and abused in inland China
Authorities across China impose draconian control measures on Muslims from Xinjiang, prohibiting them from renting properties and running their businesses.
04.09.20 – A people’s tribunal to investigate allegations of Chinese genocide against the Uyghurs
World-famous legal expert Sir Geoffrey Nice has accepted to preside what is announced as the most thorough investigation ever of CCP crimes in Xinjiang.
04.09.20 – Inner Mongolia: The CCP tries to blame all problems on “cults”
While protests on school reforms continue, the authorities launch a “Prevention of Xie Jiao Propaganda Month,” and claim that banned religious groups are threatening the region’s stability.
03.09.20 – Islam ‘sinicized’ further in Ningxia after President Xi’s visit
When the president scolded local officials in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region for not doing enough to curb Islamic culture, they rolled up their sleeves.
02.09.20 – The disappeared: relatives of vanished Uyghurs tell their sad stories
August 30 was the International Day of the Disappeared. Bitter Winter interviewed exiled Uyghurs who are in the vain search of their loved ones.
02.09.20 – State-run churches in Handan City destroyed as ‘illegal’
Authorities in Hebei Province’s Handan city intensify crackdowns on Protestant churches with valid, government-issued religious activity certificates.
02.09.20 – Bishop Jia Zhiguo under house arrest again
The popular bishop was taken away by authorities on August 10. He has been harassed for months to close an orphanage for disabled children he runs for 30 years.