CHINA : Special Weekly FORB Newsletter (11-18.08-2020)
17.08.20 – 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to years in jail in Xinjiang
The 18 Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested in Xinjiang have now been sentenced to long jail terms. Lawyers complain of the inhumane conditions of their detention.
17.08.20 – Hunt for unsanctioned religious materials continues nationwide
Provincial and municipal governments intensify measures to purge from state-run churches all publications that are not approved by the state.
17.08.20 – More Church of Almighty God members arrested and tortured
Using pandemic restrictions as a pretext to check residents’ identity, authorities hunt down believers from this banned religious group.
16.08.20 – The story of the lonely Uyghur: he protested every week in the Netherlands, on August 14 he was arrested
Abdurehim Gheni’s 19 relatives disappeared. He wants to know from the CCP where they are.
16.08.20 – CCP agents beat Australians—in Australia: something should be done
One of the attorneys representing Drew Pavlou documents with exclusive videos and pictures how Chinese operatives got away with their crimes.
15.08.20 – Several State-run protestant churches demolished in June
Three-Self churches in Anhui, Henan, and Jilin provinces were leveled to the ground on government orders, bullying and injuring congregation members in the process.
14.08.20 – World Uyghur congress to IOC: stop the 2022 Winter Olympics in China
London lawyer Michael Polak submits a formal written complaint to the International Olympic Committee.
13.08.20 – Fengqiao experience: The CCP revives a Maoist terror strategy
On August 12, the People’s Daily called for a nation-wide revival of one of the most dreaded practices of Chairman Mao’s years, accompanied by more propaganda.
11.08.20 – Ancient temples converted into revolutionary bases
On President Xi’s orders, local governments across China turn some places of worship into propaganda centers to pay tribute to China’s communist history.
11.08.20 – Stop Uyghur genocide: an appeal by religious leaders in support of the Uyghurs
As religious leaders and leaders of belief-based communities, we come together to affirm human dignity for all by highlighting one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.
11.08.20 – Jimmy Lai arrested, a blow to catholic dissidents in Mainland China
The Catholic tycoon was a main financial supporter of Catholics who refuse to join the government-controlled Patriotic Association.