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CHINA: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-30.12.2021)

General

28.12.2021 – Crackdown on Religious Content on the Internet Coming March 1, 2022

After Xi Jinping lamented that social media and the web are used to proselytize for religion, which is forbidden, new draconian Measures have been enacted.

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20.12.2021 – Public Security immediately implementing National Conference on religion

Bitter Winter reported last week on the December 3–4 National Conference on Work Related to Religious Affairs, the first such conference since 2016, personally presided over by President Xi Jinping, who delivered the keynote speech.

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Church of Almighty God

30.12.2021 – Church of Almighty God refugees: Favorable decisions by Italian Supreme Court and Court of Rome

The motivations of two interesting cases where Italian judges have ruled in favor of Church of Almighty God (CAG) refugees have recently been delivered to the applicant’s lawyers. The CAG is a Christian new religious movements, and currently the single most persecuted religious group in China.

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26.12.2021 – Christian dies of illness from suspected mistreatment in prison

Qin Dafu, male, born on April 24, 1963, resident of Chongqing municipality in the southwestern China, was a Christian of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). In August 2018, Qin was arrested for his belief in Almighty God, and was later sentenced to three years and two months in prison. During his service in prison, he suffered illness due to mistreatment, and died as his condition worsened with delay of treatment.

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15.12.2021 – Li Chenggang and his wife wanted by CCP for their belief in Almighty God

Li Chenggang, born in 1973, and his wife Zhang Jingxi, born in 1969, residents of Zaozhuang city in the eastern province of Shandong, are Christians of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). They are both honest, well-behaved, and sincere, but they have been pursued by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) police for their belief in Almighty God for seven years, left unable to return to their own home. The Shanting branch of the Public Security Bureau of Zaozhuang city has published online notices twice to offer rewards for arrest of them, putting them in a worrying situation.

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Protestants

21.12.2021 – Christian pastors told to preach in sermons confidence in the Party and Xi Jinping

On December 3 and 4, Xi Jinping personally presided on the first National Conference on Work Related to Religious Affairs the CCP held since 2016. Xi spoke at the Conference, and asked for a more in-depth study of Karl Marx’s texts on religion by all those involved in the management of religious activities in China. He also reiterated that “Sinicization” of religion means its alignment with the CCP’s principles, goals, and directions, and lamented that the process he started with the 2016 conference is not advancing quickly enough.

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Buddhists

23.12.2021A Tibetan monk remains in detention after more than a year following his arrest

Tibet Watch has learned that Tenzin Dargye, a Tibetan monk in his 30s from Warong Monastery, was arrested by Chinese authorities in September 2020. He was allegedly found with pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other information on his mobile phone that labelled “politically sensitive” by the Chinese government. He holds a WeChat account under the name, Follower of Dalai (Tib: ཏཱ་ལའི་རྗེས་འབྲང་)

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Falun Gong

30.12.2021 – 78-year-old woman sentenced to five years for distributing informational materials develops abdominal tumor

A 78-year-old woman in Fushun City, Liaoning Province, was secretly sentenced to five years for speaking up about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. Ms. Sun Yanzhi was recently diagnosed with a tumor in her abdomen. It’s not clear if her family has applied for medical parole for her.

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27.12.2021 – Social Security Bureau refuses to reinstate Falun Gong Practitioner’s pension after losing the lawsuit for arbitrarily suspending it

A woman in Linli County, Hunan Province won her lawsuit against the local social security bureau for arbitrarily suspending her pension, but the bureau has refused to reinstate her pension and even threatened to file a counter lawsuit to uphold their decision.

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23.12.2021 – Once imprisoned for ten years, Hebei Man sentenced again to four years for his faith

A 65-year-old man in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province was sentenced to four years on December 10, 2021 for his faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Other religions

30.12.2021 – Early Rain elder returned after detention; families surveilled during Christmas

Unidentified individuals followed Chen Yan and her family on Christmas. The family attends Early Rain Covenant Church, and other Early Rain families report similar cases. ChinaAid sources also confirmed that elder Li Yingqiang returned home after his arrest on Christmas Eve.

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