Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide Date: May 17, 2018 Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports that after a trial on 26 April, Pastor Su Tianfu from Living Stone Church in Guizhou Province was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, and six months’ residential surveillance. Despite several appeals, Pastor Su and the church’s other pastor, […]
Chinese Government Officials: Demolishing Churches and Cracking Down on Christianity Is the Central Committee’s Spirit
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 15, 2018 Henan is a province with a large Christian population in China. In 2018, it suffered the most severe religious persecution by the Chinese Communist Party: churches seized, crosses removed, minors banned from going to church — these events have been a common occurrence.
Source: ChinaAid Date: May 15, 2018 ChinaAid reports that, in the past weeks, law enforcement officers harassed two Beijing house churches – Holy Love Fellowship and another church that chose to remain anonymous. Authorities pressured the landlords of the churches’ buildings to revoke their leases.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 15, 2018 The newly revised Regulations on Religious Affairs forbid any kind of religious education to minors on sites of religious activities. To enforce this policy, local governments in Henan province issued notices banning minors from entering the church and participating in religious activities. Authorities impose this ban […]
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Condemns the Repression of Uighur Muslims in China
Source: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Date: May 15, 2018 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is concerned about the Chinese government’s increasing crackdown on Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The government has instituted a comprehensive security grid throughout the region using both personnel
Source: Guizhou petitioner Wang Shuying’s Twitter message:https://twitter.com/beiking8964 Date: May 15, 2018 On May 12, the Party police crushed the prayer gathering on the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake held by the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu. Over 100 church members were taken away by the police.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 15, 2018 Since mid-April 2018, the town government in Linzhou, Henan, has dispatched many people to all villages under its jurisdiction to work with local village officials and disrupt Christian religious activities.
Source: La Stampa and others Date: May 15, 2018 As reported by the leading Italian daily La Stampa, and several others, on May 14 2018, the Turin Book Fair, the third largest book fair in Europe, hosted the conclusion of the FIRMA-Faiths in Tune festival, a 5-day event where religious groups offered musical performances. Two […]
Source: ChinaAid Date: May 13, 2018 ChinaAid reports on the government’s violations of the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religious belief by prohibiting citizens from participating in religious activities in schools.