(漢化 or中國化). A word used at least since the 17th century to indicate the assimilation of minorities in the Chinese empire into Chinese culture and language, it was adopted by Nationalist China to signify the effort to replace the foreigners who managed business, religions and civil society organizations with Chinese. The CCP, however, gives to the word “sinicization” a different meaning. It is not enough that organizations operating in China, including religions and churches, have Chinese leaders. In order to be accepted as “sinicized,” they should have leaders selected by the CCP and operate within a framework of strategies and objectives indicated by the CCP. In Tibet and Xinjiang, however, the CCP pursues a politics of “sinicization” in the traditional sense of the word, trying to assimilate Uyghurs and Tibetan Buddhists into Chinese culture.
Orthodox Dissidents Now Regarded as “Cultists” in Russia
In Rostov Oblast, a cleric of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church is prosecuted as a “cult leader.”
Two Refugees from Xinjiang Attacked in Kazakhstan
Kaisha Akan was beaten with a heavy iron object, and Murager Alimuly stabbed, confirming that the long arm of the CCP pursues asylum seekers abroad.
Plorec-sur-Arguenon, France: Will the Calvary Be Destroyed?
Politicians, citizens try to save the monument after a court ordered its destruction before February 5 next, upholding a claim by a secular humanist group.
Victorian “Conversion Practices” Bill: Concerns for Religious Liberty
The draft law pursues the laudable aim to prevent violence and the use of quack therapies against homosexuals, but may criminalize legitimate religious counseling.