An important decision recognized refugee status in Italy to members of groups classified as “xie jiao” by the Chinese Communist Party.
In Beijing, Jiangsu, and Guangxi local Shouters communities were forced to close. Several members remain in jail.
Six members of the movement received jail terms up to five years in Ma’anshan City.
Believers of this banned Christian group suffer severe persecution and are often sent to jail, where they are indoctrinated and subjected to forced labor.
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.
An interview with J. Gordon Melton, one of the world’s leading scholars of contemporary religion, who explains the differences between the different groups in the tradition of Chinese Protestant preacher Witness Lee.
A member of the Shouters’ movement from Henan Province who had been in exile for more than 20 years was captured by the Chinese authorities and later received a lengthy prison sentence.
Chinese authorities have continued to monitor an elderly Christian man after his torture.
A religious book found by the police in the home of a Christian has led to the successive arrests and detentions of multiple believers.