China Ramps Up Persecution of Ethnic and Religious Minorities

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China continues its crackdown on religious freedom. New rules require all religious workers to pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party and resist foreign interference.

The government pushed Christians further into isolation last week, shutting down Bible apps and online Christian groups. More headlines here.

Without intervention, China will soon be “competing with North Korea as the worst place to live as a Christian,” Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab predicted on Wednesday. Co-founder of the Coalition for Genocide Response, Ochab advocates extensively for persecuted ethnic and religious minorities worldwide.

China topped this year’s United States Commission on International Religious Freedom report. In his remarks regarding China, Commissioner Gary L. Bauer commented in part:

Of the countries named each year by USCIRF as egregious violators of religious liberty, one is in a category by itself. Communist China doesn’t only deny its citizens basic human rights, including the right to seek and worship God. It is also asserting itself as a new authoritarian model for developing nations around the world.

“Religious freedom violations in China, and the extension of their influence far beyond their borders, represents the most troubling developments in the year 2020,” USCIRF Vice Chair Tony Perkins said during the report’s April 22 release.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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