Crackdowns continue nationwide against believers of this Christian movement that has been suffering severe persecution ever since it was banned in 1988.
Detention in China
As in other areas of China, the persecution of this Christian new religious movement in the eastern province of Shandong has intensified considerably this year.
More and more people die while in police custody or serving their sentences in China’s prisons as a result of torture and mistreatment.
On October 5, 2018, retired soldiers from across China came to Shandong to voice their grievances but were suppressed by the state they sacrificed their lives to.
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.
Denying jailed believers any contact with families, the CCP not only torments them mentally but also uses it as a leverage to make them renounce their faith.
The growing number of mortalities in prisons or police custody is another cause for concern as to the state of human rights in China. Two families tell their stories.
Seven years ago, a 23-year-old man was imprisoned for being a member of The Church of Almighty God. He continues to be persecuted after his release from custody.
A Christian in Henan was sentenced three times, and spent ten years in jail, for the only crime of being a member of a banned movement.