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 […]

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.” […]

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

Students banned from attending religious events in China

Local authorities in Linxia county, Gansu province, have banned students from attending religious events during the winter holidays, as authorities step up control of religious education. The education bureau declared the ban in a notice posted online. The notice also prohibited students from entering religious buildings over their holidays, and reading scriptures in […]

Screen grab of footage of the demolition of Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen city in northern Shanxi Province, Jan. 9, 2018.
Photo credit: Radio Free Asia, from a photo supplied by a church member.
East Asia

China church demolished and Christians silenced

Another church in Shaanxi Province has been demolished, while authorities have pressured Christians to remain silent about it. Local officials in Linfen city demolished the church on Tuesday 9 January.   The Golden Lampstand Church was surrounded by officials who thwarted the efforts of the Christians to prevent its destruction, […]

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

Chinese university bans Christmas

A university in northeastern China has banned its students from celebrating Christmas. The Communist Party at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, posted an online notice that their ban was imposed to  help students develop “cultural confidence,” and to protect them from being “corro[ded by] Western religious culture.” The ban applies to the students’ […]