Until 2018, the name designated the Catholic Church in China loyal to the Vatican and including those Catholics who refused to join the government-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Its bishops, priests, and laypersons were persecuted for decades, and the Underground Catholic Church existed precariously in the gray market. The Vatican-China deal of 2018 called for the gradual merger of the Underground Catholic Church into the Catholic Patriotic Association, creating one single Chinese Church whose bishops will be selected jointly by the CCP and the Vatican and appointed by the Pope. After the deal, the Vatican claimed that the Underground Church as such no longer existed, although the Vatican Guidelines of 2019 allow Catholic conscientious objectors to remain outside the Patriotic Association for reasons of conscience.
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.
The CCP Before the International Criminal Court for the Uyghur Genocide
Although China did not sign the treaty establishing the court in The Hague, London attorney Rodney Dixon believe jurisdiction against Beijing can be asserted there.
Hubei Residents Still Discriminated as ‘Coronavirus Carriers’
People from the province where the virus originated were shunned and abused throughout the outbreak. With CCP’s help, the mistreatment continues today.
Mosques, Businesses Rectified in the Name of ‘Sinicization’
To implement its five-year plan to “sinicize” all Muslims outside Xinjiang, the CCP continues demolishing Islamic symbols and “transforming” believers.