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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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CHINA : Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-31.07.2021)

Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-31.07.2021)

General

21.07.21 – Religious books publicly burned, DVDs bulldozed in Yunnan

Totalitarian regimes have a thing for burning books, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) joyfully burn dissident books and destroys other material not approved of by the regime.

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15.07.21 – Religious freedom is dying in China

Against a backdrop of pandemic restrictions along with genocide allegations in Xinjiang, the year 2020 saw Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members vigorously preparing the populace to participate in the party’s centenary celebrations

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Uyghur Muslims

15.07.21 – UHRP hails unanimous senate passage of Uyghur forced labor prevention act

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) welcomes the passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in the U.S. Senate, and urges swift action by the House of Representatives.

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Catholics

22.07.21 – Catholic bishop and 10 priests detained in Henan

The priests, conscientious objectors who reject the Vatican-China deal, have been released after “legal education,” the fate of Bishop Zhang remains unknown.

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Tibetan Buddhists

23.07.21 – Tibetan political prisoner convicted for demanding freedom has sentence reduced

Tsultrim Gyatso’s sentence was reduced by 5 months last year after Chinese court claims he has “reformed” after showing “remorse”

Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch has learned that Tibetan political prisoner, Tsultrim Gyatso, was handed a six-month reduction of his prison sentence in April last year.

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20.07.21 – Four Tibetans detained after authorities step up mobile phone checks

Authorities in Serthar County have been increasingly checking Tibetans’ phones for images of the Dalai Lama

Chinese authorities have arbitrarily arrested four Tibetans while digitally investigating individual mobile phones in eastern Tibet.

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Protestants

20.07.21 – “Sinicization of christianity” in full speed after the 100th anniversary

Christians are ordered to “completely get rid of the foreign religion.” “Sinicizing” really means “identifying with the leadership of the CCP.”

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Falun Gong

31.07.21 – Elderly woman sentenced to six years for giving out a flyer

A Huainan City, Anhui Province, woman was recently sentenced to six years for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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31.07.21 – Guangdong man faces trial for his faith, lawyer pursues State compensation for torture-induced disability

A resident of Maoming City, Guangdong Province, is facing trial for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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29.07.21 – Spying on Falun Gong: The man who sold two practitioners for $300

The heinous system of delation was at work in Anhui province.

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16.07.21 – Daughter and blind mother both convicted for their faith

A Shenyang City, Liaoning Province resident was imprisoned on July 1, 2021, to serve a two-year term for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Further reading about FORB in China on HRWF website





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CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief – Special bimonthly digest (01-15.07.21)


CHINA: Special bimonthly FORB digest (01-15.07.21)

General

14.07.21 – Religious freedom is dying in China

The government makes churches and mosques glorify the Communist Party above all else.

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13.07.21 – China’s latest ban of Christian content on social media

In a recent crackdown on online Christian content, the Chinese government banned the WeChat accounts belonging to many registered churches.

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06.07.21 – Chinese Communist Party: “100 Years of Promoting Atheism”

A forum in Nanjing insisted that atheism is “a mandatory feature of a Socialist country,” and “sinicization” is just a tool to promote it.

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05.07.21 – When Christian self-media gradually disappears in China

Currently, everyone will have such consensus that there is less and less Christian information on the Internet in China. It is not known since when WeChat official accounts related to Christianity were permanently shut down.

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Uyghur Muslims

15.07.21 – More MPs call for UK government to take action on human rights crisis in Xinjiang

British MPs have increased calls on the UK government to pressure the Chinese government to end human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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09.07.21 – Uyghurs remember the Urumqi Massacre of 2009

Peace turned to fury on the streets of Urumqi twelve years ago after protests over the killing of Uyghur factory workers in inner China fell on deaf ears. Later that evening merciless summary retaliatory justice was meted out by Chinese troops that mowed down hundreds of Uyghur civilians, as witnessed by Risalat, a Uyghur eyewitness, their bodies piled onto trucks and disappeared.

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08.07.21 – Foreign Affairs Committee publish report: Never again: The UK’s responsibility to act on atrocities in Xinjiang and beyond

The report provides solutions, setting out the response required of the UK Government to stop the atrocities that the Chinese government is committing against the Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Committee recommends a range of measures that, together, will pressure the Chinese government to end its persecution of Uyghurs.

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07.07.21 – Uyghur genocide denier condemned for appeasement with China

“As far as we know, no one has been killed,” claims a prominent UK politician whose naysaying views on Uyghur persecution have shocked Uyghur exiles.

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07.07.21 – UHRP praises parliamentary report, urges U.K. government to take up recommendations

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is encouraged by the strong recommendations made by the U.K. Foreign Affairs Committee following months of research and testimony, and calls on the government to quickly implement the recommendations on genocide, forced labour, and the protection of Uyghurs abroad.

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Tibetan Buddhists

13.07.21 – Two Tibetans arrested for celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday

Chinese officials in a Tibetan-populated region of Sichuan have arrested two Tibetans for celebrating the 86th birthday this month of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Tibetan sources say.

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08.07.21 – Four Tibetan monks handed harsh prison terms after police raid: report

Chinese authorities in Tibet last year sentenced four Tibetan monks to long prison terms following a violent raid by police on their monastery in Tingri county, a New York-based rights group said in a report released this week.

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06.07.21 – Long live his Holiness the 14th Dalaï Lama as we celebrate his 86th birthday

Today, on 6 July 2021, the esteemed spiritual leader of Tibetans from all over the world – the Dalai Lama – turns 86. Free Tibet wishes him a very happy birthday and a long life!

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02.07.21 – Tibetan Monk in Sichuan: 4 ½ years in jail for chatting with his sister

Rinchen Zhuzhen was sentenced to for “inciting separatism” in WeChat conversations.

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Protestants

14.07.21 – Christian Churches ordered to preach Xi Jinping’s July 1 speech

Pastors are expected to hail the CCP and the President, and conclude with “Long live the great, glorious and correct Chinese Communist Party!”

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13.07.21 – Bob Fu testifies at the Lantos Human Rights Commission’s “State of Religious Freedom Around the Globe”

The Lantos Human Rights Commission’s “State of Religious Freedom Around the Globe” July 13 conference coincides with the nongovernmental International Religious Freedom Summit July 13-15. During the seminar, a panel of experts, including Bob Fu, PhD., president of ChinaAid, Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom during President Donald Trump‘s administration, and Congressman French Hill (Republican) examine the status of religious freedom throughout the world.

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Link to Bob Fu’s speech transcript

13.07.21 – CCP officials release Chen Wensheng, street preacher held under designated residential surveillance for 20 days

After Zhejiang Province State security officers arrested Chen Wensheng, a Christian from Hengyang City, Hunan Province, Brother Chen on June 19 and transported him back to Hengyang, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities held Brother Chen under designated residential surveillance at West Lake Resort for 20 days.

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12.07.21 – Yunyan District Yanzhong police officers detain three Guiyang Renai Reformed Church females

During the morning of July 8, Yunyan District’s Yanzhong police officers phoned three female Christians from Guiyang Renai Reformed Church and advised them to come to their station for interrogation. Although officials did not reveal any reasons for their summons, nevertheless, they detained the three Christians for more than nine hours.

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09.07.21 – Police criminally detain Zhao Weikai with “illegal holding of materials promoting terrorism and extremism”

At 8 am on July 7, police again summoned Zhao Weikai, a 35-year-old Christian from Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church. Later, although Brother Zhao’s family had not received a formal detention notice, they heard that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials had criminally detained him with the charge of “illegal holding of materials promoting terrorism and extremism.”

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Falun Gong

16.07.21 – Reported in first half of 2021: 9,470 Falun Gong practitioners arrested or harassed for their faith

The first half of 2021 recorded 3,291 Falun Gong practitioners being arrested and 6,179 harassed for their faith, an ancient spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1999.

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16.07.21 – Daughter and blind mother both convicted for their faith

A Shenyang City, Liaoning Province resident was imprisoned on July 1, 2021, to serve a two-year term for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Further reading about FORB in China on HRWF website


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