Sentenced to serve time in China’s prisons, dissidents and people of faith are denied treatment, left to die. Even severely ill are forced to manual labor.
Nurtured through generations, sacred places for families to pay respect to their ancestors are taken over by the state for indoctrination, shut down or demolished.
Defrauded by the CCP, congregations of state-approved churches are left with nowhere to worship after they agree to tear down their dilapidated buildings.
Although the Holy See has demanded that the CCP “respect” those who refuse to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, they keep being harassed and punished.
The government orders to change the appearance of temples, prohibits religious words and traditional ceremonies. Some believers end up in police custody.
Ancient or new, Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples continue to be suppressed; even those with proper government certification and approval are demolished.
Amid raids and crackdowns, clergy and congregations of what used to be Underground Catholic Church are continuing to resist being governed by the state.
Surrounding the ancient Baoguo Temple, the statues were built with the state’s approval in 2010. They now fell victim to the purge of open-air Buddhist icons.
The CCP is strictly controlling state-appointed pastors and preachers, as well as congregation members, limiting their worshiping to the areas where they live.