(SARA, 國家宗教事務局，or simply 宗教局). Originally created in 1951 as the Religious Affairs Bureau, it is, or was, the body responding directly to the Chinese government and overseeing religion in China. In 2018, in connection with the new Regulation on Religious Affairs, it was announced that SARA will be disbanded and its competences transferred to the United Front, although pending the enactment of the corresponding regulation SARA remains temporarily in charge.
181 Association of Disciples Members Arrested in Ningxia
Local authorities claim this is a fruit of their model policy of offering large rewards to those who denounce devotees of banned religious groups.
Rural Settlements Ordered to Intensify Crackdown on Religion
In order to qualify as “Beautiful Villages,” they should report that illegal (and preferably also legal) religious activity has been eradicated.
Bloody Holy Spirit Members Sentenced in Jiangxi
Bloody Holy Spirit: devotees from the Ji’an area of the Taiwan-based religious movement received jail terms up to 4 years and six months.
China: National Security Education Day Focused on Fighting Illegal Religion
On April 15, Chinese were called to support repression of banned religions, including Falun Gong, The Church of Almighty God, and the Association of Disciples