A 47-year-old member of The Church of AlmightyGod from Shaanxi committed suicide after prolonged persecution andintimidations by authorities.
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Dr Cristina Calvani, who graduated with the first dissertation internationally on the refugees of The Church of Almighty God, discusses with Bitter Winter their legal situation in Italy and why it is often difficult for them to be granted asylum.
A member of The Church of Almighty God was arrested and died in detention soon after. Because of injuries on her body, her family believes that mistreatment by the police caused her death.
The university student is one of 13 members of The Church of Almighty God that were arrested in China’s capital at the beginning of the month. His release date is uncertain, and family not allowed to see him.
Due to severe persecution of The Church of Almighty God, the children of the believers on the run from authorities cannot attend schools to receive the compulsory nine years of education.
According to an internal document, the CCP is tightening the noose around the flow of information regarding its persecution of religion.
Bao Shuguang, a senior leader of The Church of Almighty God from Shandong, was picked up by authorities in June last year. She and four other church leaders were handed lengthy prison sentences this October.
A member of The Church of Almighty God from Hubei Province was arrested in September and died almost a month later. The family of the deceased suspect foul play on behalf of authorities, which may have caused her death.
As a commentary to our coverage of the recent crackdown on The Church of Almighty God, we publish the text and the video of the speech by a representative of that Church at the rally in Geneva on November 6, 2018 during the Universal Periodic Review of China.
Some believers from The Church of Almighty God were taken into custody, and others were forced to flee their homes as a result of a special arrest operation launched by authorities in mid-October.