CHINA: Special weekly newsletter on religious freedom (16-24.01.2021)
News from Bitter Winter
21.01.21 – Persecution of The Church of Almighty God: From bad to worse
The British Conservative Party Human Rights Commission report called again the attention on a brutal campaign of repression, made worse by COVID-19.
The U.S. officially adopted the designation, and in the UK an amendment to prevent trade with genocidal states was narrowly defeated.
15.01.21 – “The Chief Witness”: Alexandra Cavelius tells the story of Sayragul Sauytbay
Soon in English, the German best seller gives voice to a woman whose testimony about the transformation through education camps in Xinjiang cannot be impeached.
22.01.21 – Once imprisoned for 14 years, Beijing man gets another 5 years for practicing Falun Gong
A Beijing resident was recently sentenced to five years and fined 10,000 yuan for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
22.01.21 – Two Hebei women sentenced to prison for distributing Falun Gong information
While people around the world celebrated the arrival of 2021, two Baoding City, Hebei Province residents were sentenced to prison on the last day of 2020 for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
20.01.21 – Hebei, religious activities blocked: ‘they spread Covid’ (even if unproven)
Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan issues order, after a visit to the province. Online posts against religions and Catholics are multiplying: their “development” endangers the “socialist system”. Up until yesterday, over 800 positive cases have been recorded in Hebei, of which 771 in Shijiazhuang.
20.01.21 – CCP authorities sentence house church Pastor Li Juncai to five-and- a-half years in prison plus heavily fine him
Recently, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities sentenced Yuanyang County Central House Church Pastor Li Juncai to five-and-a half years in prison plus ordered him to pay a fine of 50,000 Chinese Yuan (7701 USD).
19.01.21 – US Declares China’s policies toward Uyghurs amount to ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’
China’s repression of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), including its use of internment camps and forced sterilizations, amounts to “genocide” and “crimes against humanity,” the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
15.01.21 – Christian Qin Shiqin dies from 10-day interrogation by torture after arrested for religious belief
Qin Shiqin, female, born in 1969, was a resident of Yuanhou community in Xifuzhen sub-district of Chengyang district of Qingdao city in the eastern province of Shandong. She joined The Church of Almighty God (CAG) in 2002.