(三班僕人). A Christian new religious movement founded in the late 1980s in Henan by Xu Wenku (徐文庫, 1946–2006), included in the list of the xie jiao in 1999, and reduced to a handful of followers after the founder’s capture and execution. It acquired a reputation for physically assaulting other Christian groups, and Xu was executed for having ordered the assassination of ex-members of his movement who had converted to The Church of Almighty God, although his followers insisted he was innocent. In 2018, the CCP launched a campaign in the province of Yunnan, and arrested dozens of alleged members of the Three Grades of Servants. Scholars and China Aid reacted with skepticism, suspecting the CCP was falsely accusing Christians of the house churches to be members of the Three Grades of Servants.
Pakistan: Christians Under Attack at Lahore Psychiatric Hospital
A nurse was accused of blasphemy for her criticism of the government’s reaction to the European Parliament motion censoring the country.
“Protest, Conscience, and Human Rights” Discussed in a Webinar
CESNUR’s and HRWF’s webinar on the questions raised by the Tai Ji Men case in Taiwan honored the International Day of Conscience.
Russian Hindus Prohibited from Celebrating Maha Shivratri Festival
A woman who organized the Maha Shivratri festival in Udmurtia, Central Russia, was charged for “illegal missionary activity.”
Excommunication: Looking for a Balance of Interests Between Opposite Freedoms
The Ghent Court decision declaring shunning as practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses illegal ignores European and Belgian precedents, and is clearly wrong.