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November 2020
News > International

Nigeria & China: Still major concern for Release International

Nigeria and China remain major concerns in 2020 for Release International, according to its latest report. The Christian advocacy organisation cited rising Islamist terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries as a significant cause for ‘alarm’, with Christians increasingly in danger because of their professed faith. In its annual accounts, Release reported, ‘The persecution of…

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September 2020
News > Persecution

China: Covid-19 used for church crackdown

Christian advocacy group China Aid has warned that the communist state has increased crackdowns on Christians under the guise of breaking up illegal meetings under Covid-19 lockdown measures. Individuals’ homes have been raided by armed police, with Christian emblems removed from their own homes, while churches have continued to see their crosses removed by…

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July 2020
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China: 48 churches shut down

Chinese officials have shut down at least 48 state-registered churches and meeting venues in Yugan county, China, between 18 and 30 April. According to religious liberty and human rights publication Bitter Winter, religious items have been stripped from churches in Yugan county and replaced with images of President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong. Chairman…

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May 2020
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China: churches continue to suffer under harsh government crackdown

Churches in China are continuing to suffer as the state-sanctioned action against Christianity has ploughed ahead. In an effort to make Christianity conform to Chinese communism, and not like ‘Western’ Christianity, the government has been putting increasing pressure on churches in the mainland. According to reports from advocacy group Release International and China Aid,…

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February 2020
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China: church responds to pastor’s jail term

China’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) has responded to the nine-year sentence handed down in December to its senior pastor, Wang Yi, who had been imprisoned on charges of ‘trying to subvert state power’. He was also charged with ‘illegally operating a business’. The pastor was put on trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s…

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January 2020
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China: religious persecution still rising

China’s growing detention camps and persistent unease in Hong Kong following 2019’s violent democracy protests are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, religious advocacy organisation Release International has claimed. In a statement, Release International said recent events, such as the revelation of brainwashing camps set up on the mainland, highlighted the rising levels of…

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October 2019
News > Persecution

China: Cries for freedom met with tighter control

Release International has called on the Chinese government to grant freedom of religion to Christians who face increasing persecution on the mainland. According to Paul Robinson, chief executive of the international advocacy organisation, the scenes of protest and counter-measures unfolding on the streets of Hong Kong reflect the desperate cry for freedom in mainland…

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