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May 2019
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China: Cash rewards for turning in Christians

The Chinese government is offering cash rewards to people who inform on underground churches. One city, Guangzhou, is offering more than £1,000 to those who can identify ‘unofficial’ places of worship. The incentive is part of a nationwide effort to bring all religious groups under the control of the Communist Party. Officials within the Chinese government believe the West is trying to use Christianity to undermine the Communist regime. Religious affairs officers in Guangzhou have decided to offer cash rewards for useful information starting from just 100 yuan (£11). But helping to identify and arrest preachers and members of unauthorised religious groups will be rewarded...

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March 2019
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China: Government bans first commandment in church

The Chinese government has ordered one church to remove the first commandment, ‘You shall have no other gods before me’, from its wall. Chinese officials claim that displaying the first commandment contradicts the policy of China’s president, Xi Jinping. It is yet another example of increasingly intense persecution of Christians and churches by the Chinese state. Meeting places are being closed down, and pastors and church members are being imprisoned. The Chinese authorities are issuing a new state translation of the Bible to establish the ‘correct understanding’ of Scripture. The current approach has been deemed the worst religious persecution since Chairman Mao’s attempts to eradicate...

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February 2019
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China: Police given quotas for arrests of Christians

The religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter is reporting that police stations in the major port city of Dalian (a population of 6.6 million) in northeast China are being evaluated based on the number of Christians they arrest. A police officer from Dalian, the second-largest city in Liaoning Province, near the North Korean border, told the magazine that his station had received a notice from the National Security Bureau which, as part of a performance-assessment plan, set out how many Christians they would have to arrest. The officer said that all stations in the city had received a similar plan, assessing the station’s performance with a...

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November 2018
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Persecution – Chinese police steal from church

More than 1,000 government agents, including police, forced their way into an unofficial church in Henan province on 14 September and removed items from the building. Church members had locked the church doors, but the officials broke into the church building, ignoring requests from church leaders to show identification. They then took away items from inside the church. ‘A large crowd of policemen, including SWAT officers, suddenly came to Zhongxing Church around 7.00am’, said one church member. Streets leading to the church were also blocked off during the raid. An increased crackdown on Christians has caused 279 pastors from unofficial Chinese congregations, known as ‘house...

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International – Chinese Christians face rising persecution

Persecution against Christians in China is rising significantly, following tough new restrictions on religious freedom that came into force across the country six months ago. The new Regulations for Religious Affairs tighten up on the registration and control of religious organisations.  They give more power to local officials to approve the activities of churches and decide their fate. But although persecution was happening before these rules, since their implementation it has become worse. According to Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world, partners have reported a five-fold increase in the number of Christians facing harassment from the authorities. As well as closing...

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May 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese church crackdown

China has increased its pressure on Christians in China, especially in the central Henan province, where public security bureaus and religious affairs commissions have been targeting house churches. According to reports from US organisation China Aid, a new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught attending or hosting meetings outside of a registered religious venue will be subject to a fine of 30,000 yuan (£3,378). All Christians in the area are ordered to join an officially registered church. Under China’s current religious policy, only Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, state-recognised Protestant Christianity and Catholicism are legal for citizens...

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April 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese lawyer dies

Chinese lawyer Dr Li Baiguang, a campaigner for Christian freedom, has died in suspicious circumstances in China. His death has prompted a strong response from advocacy organisation Release International, which has stated the Chinese authorities must account for his death. Dr Li Baiguang, an internationally renowned human rights defence lawyer, was pronounced dead suddenly in February. He is said to have died at 3.00am in the Chinese government military hospital in Nanjing, hours after checking in for a stomach complaint. The hospital said he had bled to death due to a liver condition. But Dr Li, who was only 49 and neither drank nor smoked, had been...

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