The illegal practice of kidnapping members of religious movements labeled as “cults,” keep them confined, and subject them to intense psychological pressure to persuade them to leave the “cult.” Several deprogrammers, who were normally hired by relatives of the members of the “cults,” ended up in jail after courts of law banned the practice of deprogramming, first in the United States and later in Europe and Japan.
Provisional Asylum Granted to Two Refugees from China in Kazakhstan
For the first time, authorities admit that ethnic Kazakhs are persecuted in Xinjiang. The two asylum seekers tell their story to Bitter Winter.
Religious Weddings and Funerals Banned as Illegal Activities
People of faith, Buddhists and Christians alike, are not allowed to celebrate life’s most significant moments according to religious traditions and rites.
Surveillance Devices Planted in Believers’ Homes
To keep members of The Church of Almighty God under constant control, the police follow their every move through listening and tracking devices.
Pilgrimage to Mecca Allowed Only for “Patriotic” Chinese Muslims
New regulations on the Hajj by the State Administration of Religious Affair will come into force on December 1, and impose a stricter control