Chen Quanguo. Photo Credit: People's Daily Online
East Asia

Chinese Christians indefinitely detained in “re-education” camps

Over 100 Christians in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang have been indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps, where they are subject to “brainwashing” on communism. Detentions in these camps – also known as “mind-transformation centres” – have increased since the country held its 19th Communist Party Congress in October 2017. Human […]

Kazahkstan Parliament imposing a crackdown on religious freedoms. Photo: Wikipedia

Kazakhstan – Authorities step up their crackdown on religious freedom

The Kazakhstan government increased its clampdown during 2017 on the religious freedoms of Christians.  In 2017 Kazakhstan’s authorities reportedly targeted 258 administrative punishments at religious groups or individuals for crimes such as, meeting for worship, sharing or importing religious literature in person or online, and praying in private settings. One […]

Xi Jinping. Premier of China, whose government has imposed a crackdown on Christians
East Asia

New religion regulations imposed on Chinese Christians

New religion regulations, in a  government crackdown on ‘extremism’, came into force across China on 1 February. The updated regulations which increase government scrutiny of religious literature and websites, require registered religious organisations not to “use religion to harm national security, disrupt social order … or [do] other harm [to] national interests.” […]