CHINA : Special weekly FoRB newsletter on freedom of religion or belief (08-14.02.2021)

General

13.02.20 – CCP Cracks Down on Association of Disciples in Tianjin

Although reduced in strength, the Christian new religious movement is still active in China—and still persecuted.

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11.02.21 – Enter the “administrative measures for religious clergy”: be afraid, be very afraid

Bitter Winter offer the first English translation of a text converting the clergy in apparatchiks under a system of awards and penalties based on their loyalty to the CCP.

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10.02.21 – The ‘Big Brother’ of religions: Beijing’s new database

It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to “support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, support the socialist system”, “resist illegal religious activities and religious extremism and resist infiltration of foreign forces that use religion”.

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09.02.21 – Rape in Xinjiang camps: male inmates are victims too

Encouraged by the women who pierced the veil of silence, men are telling tales of how they were sexually abused in the transformation through education camps.

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Protestants

08.02.21 – Henan House Church pastor sentenced to five and a half years in prison

Trying to save his church’s cross from destruction and refusing to use services to spread “patriotic” propaganda were regarded as serious crimes.

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Uyghur Muslims

11.02.21 – Protecting the Uyghurs isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s also good politics

In a parting shot at Beijing, the outgoing Trump administration formally declared that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang constitutes a genocide.

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11.01.21 – Uyghur group defends detainee database after Xinjiang officials allege ‘fake archive’

An organization compiling information on Uyghurs detained in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has defended its findings after officials in the region accused it of spreading lies, saying forcing witness testimonies and making unsubstantiated claims will not undermine its work.

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10.02.21 – Ankara deporting Uyghur dissidents to China

Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition parties are on the attack against the “sultan”.

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Falun Gong

12.02.21 – Five year jail Penalties for Falun Gong practitioners in Liaoning, Jiangxi

The CCP continues its campaign to identify members of the banned group. When caught, they go to jail.

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12.02.21 – 75-year-old man sentenced to four years for his faith

A 75-year-old man in Linxia County, Gansu Province was sentenced to four years and fined 3,000 yuan in late December 2020 for his faith in Falun Gong. He is now appealing the case with the Intermediate Court of Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture.

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