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CHINA : Special weekly FoRB newsletter on freedom of religion or belief (15-21.02.2021)

Tibetan Buddhists

16.02.21 – When the Dalai Lama dies, his reincarnation will be a religious crisis. Here’s what could happen

A decade ago, the Dalai Lama set himself a significant deadline.

The best-known living Buddhist figure in the world said that when he turned 90 years old, he would decide whether he should be reincarnated — potentially ending a role that has been key to Tibetan Buddhism for more than 600 years, but in recent decades has become a political lightning rod in China.

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16.02.21 – Gatherings banned in Tibetan areas of China during Lunar New Year

Authorities in Tibetan areas of China are restricting travel and public gatherings during the Lunar New Year period, called Losar in Tibetan, with punishments threatened for those violating the bans, Tibetan sources say.

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Uyghur Muslims

18.02.21 – Faith leaders condemn Uyghur persecution

Faith leaders across Ireland have condemned the persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province in a statement in which they also express solidarity with Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and Christians in China who, they warn, are facing “the worst crackdown on freedom of religion or belief since the Cultural Revolution”.

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18.02.21 – Two Uyghur students dead, four injured in fire at forced labor scheme dorm

Two Uyghur high school students who were sent to pick cotton as part of a forced labor scheme in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) died last autumn in a dormitory fire, according to official sources in the region, where forced labor practices have sparked an increasing global outcry.

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17.02.21 – US President Biden warns China of ‘repercussions’ for rights abuses in Xinjiang

China will face “repercussions” if it continues to perpetrate human rights abuses against its people, U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday, including Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where Washington has said authorities are carrying out genocide and crimes against humanity.

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17.02.21 – Prominent religious leaders persecuted in Xinjiang

One CCP strategy to destroy Uyghur identity in Xinjiang is to identify and jail prominent figures of the Muslim religion.

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Falun Gong

21.02.21 – Having served 9.5 years and losing her son, 80-year-old woman sentenced again in the persecution of her faith

Having served two prison terms totaling 9.5 years, an 80-year-old woman was sentenced to another 3 years in October 2020 for her faith in Falun Gong. Ms. Zhao Yulan was recently taken to the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison to serve time.

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21.02.21 – Widowed 79-year-old woman faces financial devastation after serving time for her faith

When Ms. Wang Fengying, a 79-year-old resident of Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, went to withdraw some cash on February 1, 2021, she was surprised to discover 5,000 yuan missing from her account.

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21.02.21 – After a seven-year prison sentence, Guangdong woman’s whereabouts still unknown

After a woman in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, was sentenced to seven years in prison for her faith in Falun Gong, her family is still being kept in the dark regarding her whereabouts.

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19.02.21 – A life in jail: Falun Gong practitioner arrested again, sentenced to 14 years

Ma Zhiwu, from Ningzia Hui Autonomous Region, has been in prison for most of the last twenty years. He will remain there for the next decade and more.

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Catholics

19.02.21 – China betrays its deal with the Vatican

Beijing has quietly indicated that it will soon abrogate its “breakthrough” 2018 agreement with the Vatican, which was meant to settle a decades-long dispute over the appointment of bishops in China.

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The Church of Almighty God

16.02.21 – Church of Almighty God refugee cases discussed in new book

Massimo Introvigne and Rosita Šorytė explore while some asylum applications are still rejected, and what can be done about it.

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