Special Weekly FORB Newsletter (06-11.07.2020)
11.07.20 – Afraid to seek medical care, believer on the run dies
For runaway Church of Almighty God members, seeking medical care means being found by the state. Many are arrested in hospitals; others die of untreated illnesses.
11.07.20 – Uyghur traditional houses destroyed by the CCP: Another tool of cultural genocide
A fascinating study by Timothy Grose shows how the “Three News” brutal campaign in Xinjiang is transforming domestic spaces to eradicate Uyghur identity.
10.07.20 – Ancestral halls destroyed or turned into propaganda centers
Under the CCP rule, any form of religion is banned: even worship of ancestors or ancient sages is banned.
09.07.20 – The EU will have another special envoy for religious liberty in the world
The office was restored, after the European Commission dismantled it and many protested. While his or her name is still unknown, the work of the next Envoy must start from China.
09.07.20 – House churches suppressed, believers arrested in Chongqing
Since the coronavirus restrictions started to be lifted in March, the CCP intensified attacks on Protestant venues that are not part of the state-run church.
08.07.20 – The CCP before the International Criminal Court for the Uyghur genocide
Although China did not sign the treaty establishing the court in The Hague, London attorney Rodney Dixon believe jurisdiction against Beijing can be asserted there.
08.07.20 – Church of Almighty God members tortured for their faith
In China, dissidents and members of banned religious groups are often subjected to torture while in detention. Two believers share their stories.
06.07.20 – Pope Francis and China: A Vatican mystery and a proposal
Allegedly, on July 5 a paragraph of a pre-written speech by the Pope where he supported freedom in Hong Kong was not read by Francis. To avoid further wild speculations, the Vatican may publish the text of the 2018 China deal.
06.07.20 – China’s outdoor Buddhist statues continue to tumble
As temples were shut to prevent the spread of COVID-19, CCP intensified its campaign to eliminate all Buddhist statues in Sichuan, Fujian, and Shandong provinces.