The right to profess freely a religious belief. “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 18). “Practice” includes the liberty to proselytize. United Nations’ General Comment no. 22 also specifies that “Article 18 protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. The terms ‘belief’ and ‘religion’ are to be broadly construed. Article 18 is not limited in its application to traditional religions or to religions and beliefs with institutional characteristics or practices analogous to those of traditional religions” and protects also religions that are “newly established, or represent religious minorities that may be the subject of hostility on the part of a predominant religious community.”
China’s Persecution of the Uyghurs: A Human Rights Emergency
The situation in Xinjiang is getting worse rather than better. It is time for the international community to speak up.
39 Countries at the UN Express “Grave Concerns” on Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong—and Refugees from China
A German initiative was also supported by countries that in previous cases kept silent on China, including Italy.
Detention Facilities in Xinjiang: There Are More, not Less
The report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and other sources, confirm that the CCP propaganda claim that camps are being closed is a lie.
Persecution of Protestant Churches Intensifies
House churches and state-controlled Three-Self churches across China are raided and closed down. Believers are questioned, and their homes are searched.