(法輪功). A large Chinese new religious movement, established by Li Hongzhi (李洪志) in 1992 and teaching both a variety of qi gong exercises and a spirituality rooted in the Three Teachings, with some New Age variations and overtones. Originally tolerated and even praised by the CCP as part of a legitimate revival of traditional Chinese health practices, it created concern in the authorities because of its rapid growth. It was banned in 1999, included in the list of the xie jiao, and severely persecuted.
For China’s Rights Defenders, Fighting the State Leads to Prison
A law that the CCP uses widely to silence those protesting its autocratic rule lists 32 instances when petitioning the government may result in hefty sentences.
Three-Self Church Venues Demolished or Repurposed
Officials suppressed state-approved Protestant venues in Jiangxi Province using a variety of pretexts—for being “dilapidated” or “too eye-catching.”
Makers of Religious Statues Suppressed
The Chinese government is expanding the scope of crackdowns on religions by stifling businesses that produce religious items.
Tibet, Tibetan Refugees and the Way Ahead
While we celebrate the World Refugee Day, a Tibetan scholar reflects on the history and resilience of 150,000 Tibetan refugees living in exile.