Special Weekly FORB Newsletter (04-10.08-2020)
10.08.2020 – “Eat the Buddha”: Why Tibetans are setting themselves on fire?
Award-winning American journalist Barbara Demick tells the story of Ngaba, Sichuan, who became the world capital of Buddhist self-immolations.
09.08.2020 – Christians must worship President Xi to get social welfare
Banned from displaying religious symbols at home, believers are forced to hang images of Xi Jinping instead to continue receiving state benefits.
09.08.2020 – The story of Rizwangul: A Uyghur woman in search of a brother who “disappeared”
For no other reason than being a Uyghur, Mewlan disappeared in 2017. His sister did not give up, and discovered he is in jail for nine years for “separatism.”
08.08.2020 – House Churches raided to force them into official church
To intimidate unregistered churches in Zhejiang Province, local officials order to remove crosses and other religious symbols, close down the venues.
08.08.2020 – CCP investigates leaks about persecuted catholic priests
Ahead of the Vatican-China deal renewal, the regime makes sure that no information about repressions against Catholic conscientious objectors gets outside China.
07.08.2020 – Mosques ‘Sinicized’ in Ningxia Region, Jilin and Henan Provinces
With the ease of pandemic restrictions, the CCP intensifies its mosque “sinicization” campaign in areas inhabited by Hui Muslims.
06.08.2020 – Outdoor Buddhist statues demolished nationwide
The CCP continues its campaign to eliminate religious statues in Hubei and Guangxi provinces.
06.08.2020 – Crosses removed from churches across Shandong Province
Ahead of provincial government inspections, local authorities ordered to eliminate crosses from the roofs of Protestant and Catholic venues from April through June.
06.08.2020 – Buddhist statues removed for ‘being too tall’
China’s communist regime uses a variety of pretexts to eliminate Buddhist symbols in its war against anything religious.
05.08.2020 – Sinicization’ of Islam intensifies amid the pandemic
The CCP continues removing domes and minarets from mosques and suppresses any expression of Hui Muslim tradition and culture.
04.08.2020 – Places of worship forced to donate to the State or stay shut
Extending persecution of religious venues, the CCP demands them to contribute to the coronavirus relief fund, or they won’t be allowed to reopen after lockdown.