CHINA: Special Weekly FoRB Newsletter (29.09-06.10.2020)
06.10.20 – CCP officials: ‘Christianity doesn’t belong in China’
On top of removing crosses, Chinese authorities order to replace Christianity’s main symbol on churches’ seals with the five-pointed star.
04.10.20 – Persecution of protestant churches intensifies
House churches and state-controlled Three-Self churches across China are raided and closed down. Believers are questioned, and their homes are searched.
03.10.20 – Ancestral temples repurposed for public use
Even the venues where familial clans meet to honor their ancestors and celebrate important events have become targets of the CCP’s crackdown on religion.
02.10.20 – CCP investigates leaks about religious persecution
Increasingly criticized by the international community for crackdowns on people of faith, China’s regime enforces more stringent measures to cover up its crimes.
30.09.20 – China’s persecution of the Uyghurs: A human rights emergency
The situation in Xinjiang is getting worse rather than better. It is time for the international community to speak up.
30.09.20 – While a U.S. House bill targets Xinjiang slave labor, new voices support the Uyghurs
France calls to similar action. Ms. Tursunay Ziyawudun flees safely from a detention camp. Two awards honor the Uyghur cause.
29.09.20- Catholics increasingly harassed ahead Vatican-China deal renewal
Some churches refusing to join the Patriotic Church are repurposed by the state, while others are barred from activities in the name of “epidemic prevention.”
29.09.20 – Surveillance devices planted in believers’ homes
To keep members of The Church of Almighty God under constant control, the police follow their every move through listening and tracking devices.
29.09.20 – Now they come for the Utsuls: sinicizing another Muslim minority
Denied its traditional clothing and identity, a Chamic-speaking people in Hainan Island is challenging the CCP with public protests.