CHINA: Special weekly FoRB newsletter (25-31.01.2021)

News from Bitter Winter

26.01.21 – Villager fined $ 24,693 for celebrating Christmas

In Lushan county, Henan, one Niu Guobao organized a meeting to pray and sing hymns. Now, he has to pay a fine of 160,000 yuan.

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31.01.21 – Seven Sichuan residents sentenced to prison, families in distress

Six Falun Gong practitioners in Xichang City, Sichuan Province and one of their spouses were sentenced by the Xichang City Court on December 9, 2020. They are appealing the verdicts to the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate Court.

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31.01.21 – 75-year-old woman sentenced to prison for her faith

Having previously served a four-year term for her faith in Falun Gong, a 75-year-old woman in Meishan City, Sichuan Province was sentenced to ten months on December 30, 2020.

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29.01.21 – Uyghurs losing circumcision traditions under China’s Xinjiang policies

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are severely restricting the Islamic tradition of circumcision, either by delinking its religious significance or banning it outright, according to officials.

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29.01.21 – The genocide amendment: Why is the UK government dragging its feet?

On 7 December 2020, the House of Lords debated the Trade Bill that defines the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationships and engaged with the question of what should happen if the trading partner stands accused of committing genocide.

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29.01.21 – Follow-up: Ms. Wang Jing, imprisoned and tortured for years, now safe in USA

The backstory of Ms. Wang Jing began with the murder of her second oldest sister on November 13, 1993. As noted in ChinaAid’s Post on January 27: “After suffering years of torture in a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prison for human and religious rights defense work, Ms. Wang Jing arrived safely in the USA on December 31, 2020.”

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28.01.21 – Family concerned: Imprisoned seven years, Pastor Zhang Shaojie transferred to begin “concentrated education”

On January 8, prison officials escorted Pastor Zhang Shaojie* to Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, to carry out the five remaining years of his 12-year sentence. Previously held at the Xinxiang, Henan Province facility, Pastor Zhang will spend his first two months in the new prison in “concentrated education.”

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27.01.21. Ms. Wang Jing, imprisoned and tortured for years, now safe in USA

After suffering years of torture in a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prison for human and religious rights defense work, Ms. Wang Jing* arrived safely in the USA on December 31, 2020. The State Department cooperated with ChinaAid to facilitate her rescue from China.

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25.01.21 – Travel restrictions announced at Tibetan monastery in Gansu ahead of major religious festival

Authorities in northwestern China’s Gansu province are imposing restrictions on travel to and from an important Tibetan monastery ahead of a major annual religious festival, requiring the wearing of masks by those attending and forbidding entry even to private vehicles, Tibetan sources say.

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25.01.21 – Persecution of The Church of Almighty God: From bad to worse

They call it epidemic prevention. In the Chinese province of Hebei, special teams go door to door, and inspect apartments and houses, ostensibly to make sure that anti-COVID measures are implemented.

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