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CHINA : Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.09.2021)

Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.09.2021)

General

06.09.21 – Chinese Christians compelled to pray for the martyrs—of the Red Army

They cannot remember their own martyrs but should pray for the Communist soldiers who died in the war with Japan.

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01.09.21 – Former “anti-cult” top bureaucrat Peng Bo is in jail

As Bitter Winter predicted, expulsion from the CCP has been followed by arrest and prosecution.

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Uyghur Muslims

14.09.21 – The Uyghur tribunal’s second session launched in London

A stream of Chinese government invective heralded the start of the second set of hearings of the Uyghur Tribunal in London last week.

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10.10.21 – Path-breaking Uyghur tribunal under way in London

The Uyghur Tribunal opened its second session today, hearing testimony from both witnesses and experts. The session continues through September 13, 2021 and is livestreamed here.

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Tibetan Buddhists

07.09.21 – Eight more Tibetans are arrested in Sichuan over Dalai Lama photos, language rights

Police in western China’s Sichuan province arrested eight more residents of a Tibetan township in Kardze prefecture this month, taking into custody six monks and two laywomen amid a crackdown by authorities on language rights and possession of banned images of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, sources said.

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Protestants

08.09.21 – Shouter Christians in Beijing sentenced to three years in jail

The decision confirms that Article 300 continues to be applied to the movement, which was banned as a xie jiao in 1983.

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Falun Gong

15.09.21 – Persecution of Falun Gong continues while CCP tightens control on PLAC: leaked documents

In its updated post on September 11, The Epoch Times‘ article, “Persecution of Falun Gong Continues While CCP Tightens Control on PLAC: Leaked Documents,” examines the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC).

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15.09.21 – Two Liaoning women in their 70s sentenced to prison

Two women in Benxi City, Liaoning Province were sentenced to prison in August 2021 for their faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. The trials were conducted at their homes, by the same judge.

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15.09.21 – Hubei Woman Seeking Justice Against Prison for Inhumane Torture

A Jingzhou City, Hubei Province resident is seeking justice against the Hubei Province Women’s Prison for torturing her while she served time for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Other religions

09.09.21 – Create abundance/Spiritual growth: Xie Jiao or spy ring?

Several CCP media attacked a movement that in Canada, in connection with a mysterious murder, had come under suspicion of being a CCP front.

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CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FORB (16-31.08.21)

CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FORB (16-31.08.21)

 

Uyghur Muslims

30.08.21 – Tibetans, Uyghurs remember those Who ‘Disappeared’ at China’s Hands

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs (Oxus) have released a new report documenting the complicity of the Pakistani and Afghan states in China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs.

The report, “Nets Cast from the Earth to the Sky”: China’s Hunt for Pakistan’s Uyghurs, distinguishes different methods by which the Chinese government represses Uyghur communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and describes how these methods violate international human rights and legal norms.

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Tibetan Buddhists

27.08.21 – Around 50 Tibetans arrested on suspicion of keeping photos of the Dalai Lama

Military search operation in Dza Wonpo Town enforced eight months on from the death in custody of 19-year-old Tenzin Nyima

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Falun Gong

31.08.21 – With arm disabled from torture during 12-year imprisonment, Liaoning woman secretly sentenced for her faith again

Over the past 22 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime, Ms. Liu Xia has been imprisoned for 12 years, during which time one of her arms became disabled from torture in custody. She was arrested again in 2019 and secretly sentenced for her faith.

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31.08.21 – Yantai City, Shandong Province: Fifteen Falun Gong practitioners targeted in group arrest detained for nearly three months

The authorities in Laishan District, Yantai City, Shandong Province orchestrated a group arrest of local Falun Gong practitioners on June 10, 2021. At the time of writing, 15 practitioners remain in custody.

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25.08.21 – Download Falun Gong books, get five years in jail

Appellate decision against two Shanxi women confirms that under Article 300 possession of printed material of a xie jiao is enough to go to jail.

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15.08.21 – Former art teacher sentenced to 6.5 years after installing window for elderly Falun Gong practitioner

Mr. Sun Shiwei, a 68-year-old former art teacher, has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison following his latest arrest in April 2020 after helping an elderly woman, also a Falun Gong practitioner, install a window.

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Other religions

18.08.21 – Seventh-day adventist clergy get heavy jail sentences in Guizhou

Officially, Adventist congregations in China are part of the Three-Self Church. Those who kept their distinctiveness are now persecuted.

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Further reading about FORB in China on HRWF website





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CHINA: Former “anti-cult” top bureaucrat Peng Bo is in jail

 

Former “anti-cult” top bureaucrat Peng Bo is in jail

As Bitter Winter predicted, expulsion from the CCP has been followed by arrest and prosecution.

by Gao Zihao

Jailed: Peng Bo. From Weibo.

 

Bitter Winter (01.09.2021) – https://bit.ly/3Bz764E – Bitter Winter has reported previously about the fall of Peng Bo, former no. 2 of the CCP machine fighting the banned religious movements labeled as xie jiao (“heterodox teachings,” sometimes less correctly translated as “evil cults.”)

When Peng was expelled from the CCP on August 17, with an unusual lengthy note of explanation accusing him of taking bribes and engaging himself in “superstitious activities,” Bitter Winter predicted he would soon go to jail.

It was not a difficult prediction, and Peng was jailed last week. Under the anti-corruption directives of President Xi Jinping, it risks a long jail sentence, if not execution.

The Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post took the opportunity of the fall of Peng Bo to explain to its readers that as a “cult-buster” the bureaucrat was fighting “cults,” i.e., “groups engaging in inhumane, antisocial or unconstitutional practices, which could involve violent crimes, fraud, sexual abuse.”

This is only true if you believe the CCP propaganda. The CCP often accuses groups labeled as xie jiao or their leaders of fraud and sexual abuse, but in many if not most cases the only charge is that their teachings are incompatible with the CCP ideology and generate hostility to the government. It is difficult, for example, to accuse the Shouters, the first group historically labeled a xie jiao, of “fraud or sexual abuse,” and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a peaceful and puritanical group, have also been called a xie jiao in recent years. In the cases of other groups labeled as xie jiao, charges of abuse or violence are largely trumped up.

This is not a problem with the South China Morning Post article only. It was a problem with Peng Bo. Most of the accusations launched against xie jiao were so obviously false that they did not stick. Few took them seriously in China, although they were propagated by some CCP’s “fellow travelers” and hired guns abroad. Most importantly, black propaganda, arrests, and even executions failed to eradicate movements labeled as xie jiao that have been active in China for decades, such as The Church of Almighty God and Falun Gong (whose meditation to boost the immune system made it popular again during the COVID-19 crisis), or to prevent the birth and growth of new “heterodox” religious groups.

Perhaps Peng Bo took bribes or, like many other CCP bureaucrats, engaged in divination or feng shui. But he is in jail mostly because his attempts to eradicate the xie jiao proved remarkably ineffective.





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CHINA: Seventh-day Adventist clergy of house churches get heavy jail sentences

Seventh-day Adventist clergy get heavy jail sentences in Guizhou

Officially, Adventist congregations in China are part of the Three-Self Church. Those who kept their distinctiveness are now persecuted.

By Wu Guoxuan

 

Bitter Winter (18.08.2021) – https://bit.ly/3k5AiJp – On August 14, 2021, the court of Kaili city, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture, Guizhou province, sentenced Zhang Wenying (female) and three other clergy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kaili city to heavy jail sentences. Zhang should spend 12 years in jail, and her co-defendants from 3 to 6 years.

The Adventist clergy were sentenced for “fraud.” Seventh-day Adventism is not labeled as xie jiao (“heterodox teachings”), and is theoretically allowed to exist in China, as long as its congregations accept to be part of the government-controlled Three-Self Church.

In fact, Chinese Seventh-day Adventists officially joined the Three-Self Church in 1951. Many, however, did it as part of a survival strategy, and with mixed feelings. They tried to keep their Adventist style, and supplemented the public Three-Self services with meetings in private homes with a more distinctive Adventist flavor. They joked that they went even beyond the Three-Self formula, as Adventists were “Four-Self,” as they also “self-theologized,” and freely chose their theology rather than having it dictated by CCP-controlled institutions. For this reason, several Adventists were arrested even before the Cultural Revolution, when all public religious activity had to cease.

After the Cultural Revolution, Adventists understood that with Deng Xiaoping’s new limited tolerance policy, they were free to have private meetings and maintain some distinctive Adventist practices, as long as they did not challenge the idea that all Protestants should be under the ultimate aegis of the Three-Self Church.

As it happened to others, they have discovered that this is no longer allowed under Xi Jinping, whose “sinicization” policies also mean that all remains of distinctive denominational traditions still present in Three-Self congregations should disappear.

The reaction of some Adventists who cherished their traditions was to establish independent Adventist house churches. They were kept under watch by the authorities and were not legal, but some were grudgingly tolerated. They were particularly successful in Guizhou and Hubei provinces. For instance, the congregation of those sentenced in Kaili city has been in existence for some 20 years. In fact, some of the new Adventist communities, including the one in Kaili city, duly applied for registration certificates, but these were denied.

In 2019, Bitter Winter reported that an Adventist pastor in Hubei was tried with seven co-workers and sentenced to five years in jail, in that case for having printed religious material without the requested authorizations, a frequent pretext for sentencing Christians, the legal theory being that only the Three-Self Church is authorized to print Protestant books and leaflets.

Similarly, only the Three-Self Church is authorized to collect gifts and offerings. When, after twenty years of comparatively peaceful existence, authorities in Kaili city, implementing Xi Jinping’s new policies, decided to crack down on the Adventist community, they accused the clergy of “fraud” for collecting offerings outside of the Three-Self Church. As the Kaili city proves, accusations of monetary “fraud” are particularly dangerous, and lead to spending many years in jail.

Photo : Still venerated: the grave in Hong Kong of the first Seventh-day Adventist missionary to China, Abram LaRue (1822–1903). From Twitter.

Further reading about FORB in China on HRWF website





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CHINA : Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.08.2021)


CHINA : Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.08.2021)

General

16.08.21 – There’s a religious revival going on in China – under the constant watch of the Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1921. For most of those decades, the party sought to restrict or obliterate traditional religious practices, which it considered part of China’s “feudal” past.

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03.08.21 – Sentenced up to six years in jail for selling Bible players

Electronic Bibles are popular in China. But not with the CCP, as the Christians operating Shenzhen Life Tree Culture Communication painfully discovered.

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02.08.21 – Canadian churches shouldn’t remain silent on religious oppression in China

Canadians are now quite familiar with the many dimensions of the horrific repression of the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region of China – including brainwashing, torture, rape, forced sterilization and even deaths in the so-called re-education camps.

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Uyghur Muslims

11.08.21 – New report documents the complicity of Pakistan and Afghanistan in China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs (Oxus) have released a new report documenting the complicity of the Pakistani and Afghan states in China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs.

The report, “Nets Cast from the Earth to the Sky”: China’s Hunt for Pakistan’s Uyghurs, distinguishes different methods by which the Chinese government represses Uyghur communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and describes how these methods violate international human rights and legal norms.

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Catholics

13.08.21 – Cardinal Parolin: Church proud of Chinese Catholics’ ‘witness of faith’

While the Holy See continues to dialogue with the Chinese government, the church is proud of Catholics who have held on to their faith in the country, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

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Tibetan Buddhists

05.08.21 – Historical Buddhist temple closed in Jiangxi

One would believe that a temple connected with the saga of General Luo Binghui, a Communist civil war hero, would be protected by the CCP itself against the crackdown on unaffiliated Buddhist temples.

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05.08.21 – Tibetan monk held in Sichuan’s Ngaba County on unknown charges

Police in western China’s Sichuan province have arrested a senior monk at a Tibetan monastery in Ngaba county on suspicion of holding politically sensitive discussions on the popular WeChat social media platform, according to Tibetan sources.

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Protestants

11.08.21 – Christian school raided, teachers arrested in Anhui

At the beginning of August, the arrest of four Christian teachers called Wang Minghai, Wan Hongxia, Han Yanlei, and Xie Zhifeng was formalized in Wuhu, a prefecture-level city in Anhui province.

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09.08.21 – Sola Fide golden Lampstand church leaders arrested again in Shanxi

Faithful readers of Bitter Winter may remember that we reported in 2018 on the persecution of the Golden Lampstand Church, a house church in Shanxi’s Linfen city. The congregation is part of a network with more than 50,000 members, and the church had costed nearly 2.6 million USD to build.

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09.08.21 – Police in China’s Shanxi detain nine protestant house church members

Authorities in the northern province of Shanxi have detained nine members of the Golden Lamp Protestant church in the provincial capital, Taiyuan, after it refused to join the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-backed Three-Self Association of churches.

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02.08.21 – Chinese communist officials forcibly remove crosses from Christian fishermen’s boats

Communist officials in China’s Zhejiang province forcibly removed crosses and other Christian symbols from Christians’ fishing boats and threatened to cancel their fishing permits, according to a report.

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Falun Gong

15.08.21 – After losing her son due to being imprisoned for her faith, woman secretly sentenced again

Having served three labor camp terms, a prison term and lost her son in the persecution of Falun Gong, a woman in her late 60s was recently sentenced to another prison term of 6.5 years.

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15.08.21 – Having served five years, 65-year-old again faces prosecution for her faith

A 65-year-old Heishan County, Liaoning Province resident is facing prosecution for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Other religions

02.08.21 – Life Zen temple banned as a Xie Jiao and raided

The movement promotes a radical “religious Communism,” eliminating in its communes private property and the family, replaced by free love.

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