In the mandator statement, they promise to educate their children to socialism and atheism.
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News From China
The “Buddhist and Taoist Clergy Database,” Another CCP Imposture
By He Yuyan
Advertised as a tool against fraudulent “false monks,” it will in fact also help cracking down on Buddhist monks and Taoist priests not controlled by the CCP.
Courtesy of the Two Sessions: Two New Powerful (and Dangerous) Chinese Agencies
By Tan Liwei
Meet the new National Financial Regulatory Administration and National Data Bureau. Both mean more CCP control on the economy and the Internet.
News From the World
Former Islamic State Commander Says Terrorist Group Financed from Pakistan
Sheikh Abdul Rahim Muslimdost said the December 2022 attack against the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul was just “theatre” organized to deny the connection.
Pakistan: To Join Bar, Ahmadi Lawyers Are Asked to Deny Their Faith
They are required to sign an affidavit, saying “I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani a liar and his followers non-Muslims.”
Russia: Pastor Moskvitin Sentenced to 1.5 Years in Penal Colony for “Brainwashing”
New Creation’s leader in Omsk was told that Article 239.1 of the Russian Criminal Code makes “psychological abuse” a crime.
Testimonies From China
Empowering the Next Generation of Uyghurs to Challenge China’s Genocide
Campaign for Uyghurs hosted a Uyghur Advocacy Training Workshop for young activists in Istanbul. Bitter Winter was there.
China’s New Crackdown Targets “Self-Media”
By Zhou Kexin
As recent scandals and the COVID protests demonstrated, allowing non-Party-approved news to be posted on social media is something the regime cannot tolerate.
Censorship Frenzy: Do Not Search for “2952” in China or You Will Get Into Trouble
By Tan Liwei
Xi Jinping was unanimously re-elected with 2,952 votes. But censors suspect that “2,952” is now a code word used to poke fun at the Chinese pseudo-democracy.
Testimonies From the World
Russia, Hare Krishnas Accused of Planning Attacks Against Military Conscription Bureaus
A “ISKCON leader” was arrested in Novouralsk. The evidence of his connection with “Ukrainian Nazis”: a swastika (which is however a common Hindu symbol).
Ahmadis Defend Human Rights—Not for Themselves Only
Bitter Winter attended the 2023 National Peace Symposium hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at and the inauguration of a landmark new building at the Baitul Futuh mosque in London.
Pakistan: The Keynote Speaker at a Seminar on Kidnapping Is—A Kidnapper
The Islamabad Bar Association organized a seminar on kidnapping and forced conversion of non-Muslim girls to Islam. They invited kidnapper Mian Mithoo to lecture.
Iran: “Christians Are Constantly Watched as Spies”
By Willy Fautré
A conversation with Pastor Dabrina Bet-Tamraz from Iran before she testified at the European Parliament in Brussels.
A Uyghur View: Putin Got His Arrest Warrant—Xi Jinping Should Be Next
By Kok Bayraq
The arrest warrant for Putin gave comfort to Ukrainians and hope to Uyghurs.
Abduxaliq Uyghur, 1901–1933: Uyghurs Remember Their Beheaded Poet
An author who tried to create a national Uyghur conscience through poetry and education was executed by a Chinese warlord ninety years ago,
Parliaments Should Recognize the 1971 Genocide in Bangladesh
In the U.S. and UK progress is being made, while in Europe it is the Netherlands that may take the lead.
Second-Generation Unification Church Believers Discriminated in Japan. 4. Punishing Volunteers
Even those Family Federation members who perform valuable volunteer work have been harassed based on dubious theories spread by anti-cult lawyers.
Documents and Translations
Les fidèles de la deuxième génération de l’Église de l’Unification sont victimes de discrimination au Japon. 4. Punir les bénévoles
Même les membres de la Fédération des familles qui effectuent des activités bénévoles extrêmement utiles ont été harcelés sur la base de théories douteuses diffusées par des avocats antisectes.
Les fidèles de la deuxième génération de l’Église de l’Unification sont victimes de discrimination au Japon. 3. La calomnie des médias mène à la discrimination
À cause de la campagne médiatique qui a suivi l’assassinat d’Abe, certains jeunes croyants ont vu leurs offres d’emploi annulées, ont perdu leur travail ou ont divorcé de leur conjoint.
Les fidèles de la deuxième génération de l’Église de l’Unification sont victimes de discrimination au Japon. 2. Une Agence des affaires culturelles partiale
Dans leurs rapports avec l’Agence, les fidèles de la deuxième génération de la Fédération des familles se sont sentis discriminés et humiliés.