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Book Denounces Organ Harvesting From Prisoners of The Church of Almighty God

According to a new book, the notorious practice of “harvesting” organs from Falun Gong and Uyghur prisoners of conscience has been extended to members of The Church of Almighty God During the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom of 23-26 July 2018,

Remembering the Emmanuel Church in Liaoyang

The number of people of faith who suffer from government persecutions in China is growing at an alarming speed. Facing the brutality and injustice from authorities, believers are left aggrieved, indignant and helpless. Bitter Winter is determined to bring to light the stories and testimonies of suppression of religious freedoms – old and new – so that they are heard outside China.

Police Stormed House Church and Detained 17 Christians in Yichun, Jiangxi

Bitter Winter has just received a believable report that, on October 29, 2017, at about 3:40 p.m., more than a dozen policemen broke into a house church in the city of Yichun, Jiangxi Province, where Christians were gathering for prayer. Without producing any credentials or a warrant, the police rummaged through the house, turning it upside down.

Catholic Church Demolished in Gongyi, Henan

On April 17, authorities demolished a Catholic church in the city of Gongyi, Henan Province, claiming that it was built unlawfully.

Eleven Members of The Church of Almighty God Arrested

Around 5:00 p.m. on May 19, Xia Wei (pseudonym, female, 21), a member of The Church of Almighty God, a Chinese Christian new religious movement, was arrested by the Chinese government in Chongqing along with ten other members of the congregation. The Public Security Bureau enforced residential surveillance of Xia Wei at her residence for the crime of “suspected use of a xie jiao organization to undermine the enforcement of the law.”

Cross Forcibly Removed by Authorities Before Completion of the Church in Henan

ADHRRF – Shenjiagang Church in Long’an District, Anyang City, Henan Province has not yet been completed. On April 28, 2018, the local government went to the site and deployed a crane to demolish the cross on the top of the church.

Xinjiang Officials Invade Private Residences to Probe Deeper Into Their Belief

ADHRRF – Since last December, Xinjiang government has sent officials to residences of Uighurs to “eat, live and work together with them.” To this day, the practice of officials staying with Uighurs under the pretext of “great ethnic unity” is still continuing in Xinjiang and has become a way of Chinese Communist authorities to control religious belief. Mrs. Zhang, a Christian in Ili Prefecture, said to the reporter that at about 8 a.m. on April 14, 2018, a female stranger with a blanket knocked on her door and demanded to live in her house. She was resolute, so Mrs. Zhang…

Tiles with “Immanuel” Forcibly Removed in Henan-Luoyang Religious Crackdown

ADHRRF – According to reliable sources, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a document in 2018 about completing a full-scale investigation and crackdown on Christians across the country within one year. In order to cooperate with the CCP’s crackdown, the government of Yiyang county, Luoyang city, Henan province adopted comprehensive monitoring of all local Christians and ordered them to tear off the couplets about believing in Jesus and remove the tiles with the word “Immanuel.”

Luoyang Education Bureau Bans Minors From Entering Religious Venues

ADHRRF – On March 29, in response to the Education Bureau’s notice on implementation of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, emergency theme class meetings were held to forbid students from entering religious venues in a school in Yiyang, Luoyang, Henan, China.

Hebei Renqiu Police Illegally Arrest Christians and Raid Houses

ADHRRF – The religious suppression and persecution by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is escalating, placing Christians at risk of arrest. Recently, two incidents occurred in Renqiu City, Henan Province, resulting in houses of Christians ransacked and one of the Christians detained illegally.

Jiangsu Christians Arrested in Special Crackdown on Religion

ADHRRF – On April 1, 2018, Chinese Communist authorities released a notice about the special crackdown on The Church of Almighty God (CAG) in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. Afterward, eight local Christians of this church were arrested by Chinese Communist police in the short span from April 10 to 15.

CCP Intensified Religious Crackdown, Sealing Catholic Churches in Henan Zhengzhou

ADHRRF – Since the official implementation of new Regulations on Religious Affairs, the authorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have intensified the persecution and suppression of religious beliefs. There have been a series of incidents involving the seizure and destruction of the churches and arrest of clergy in the mainland China, and the authorities’ crackdown in Henan is particularly severe. Since the beginning of April, Henan government has launched an extensive crackdown on Christianity and Catholicism.

CCP Threatens Christian to Recant Faith by Canceling Pensions

ADHRRF – After the 19th Party Congress, Chinese Communist authorities’ control and persecution against house churches continue a rising trend. The persecution of The Church of Almighty God is especially more severe. Recently, the reporter learns that the Chinese Communist government has taken all sorts of measures to obstruct Christians from believing in God, and even the elderly in 70s cannot be spared, menaced to renounce their faith under the threat of canceling the pension. One of the victims is Yang Qiuxiang (alias, female, 72), a Christian of The Church of Almighty God in Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province. At 3…

A House Church Was Banned by Local Public Security Bureau in Linfen Shanxi

ADHRRF – In mainland China, Wangya Church in Dayang, Yaodu, Linfen, Shanxi province was sealed and closed up by the local public security bureau on April 28, 2018.

Christians Once Arrested for Belief Become Key Targets of Surveillance

ADHRRF – In the early March 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted a new round of inspection and surveillance of Christians from The Church of Almighty God through methods of drop-in interrogation, summoning, taking photos and fingerprints, arrest and so on. Among those inspected, some Christians who had ever been arrested became the authorities’ key targets of surveillance. Many Christians and their family have suffered harassment, surveillance and persecution from the police. Below are the related reports collated by reporters about the police’s monitoring and arrest of Christians from The Church of Almighty God in March 2018 in Wuhu…

2018, a More Arduous Year for House Churches in China

Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect, the control and repression of religious belief by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been ever-escalating. Christian house churches across China are all subjected to unprecedented persecution, and the precarious situation of Christians is further exacerbated. A Christian from a village in Yongji City, Shanxi Province who wishes to remain anonymous disclosed to reporters that a group leader of that village told her, “The government will soon arrest a group of believers in God, and also Falun Gong practitioners. This time, all those who believe in God will be arrested,…

Luoyang Government Mobilizes Cadres and Masses to Monitor Christians

ADHRRF – In early February 2018, Henan Luoyang Bureau of Religious Affairs held meetings of municipal departments and religious groups to strengthen the special punitive campaign against religious faith further.

A House Church Meeting Place Was Forcibly Closed in Bengbu Anhui

ADHRRF – Since the implementation of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified the crackdown on house churches in order to sinicize Christianity. On April 18, 2018, a house church meeting place in Huaiyuan, Bengbu, Anhui was forcibly closed by the local United Front Work Department (UFWD) collaborated with local police station, and the congregation were warned not to continue attending meetings unless they join the Three-Self Church.

Guards Beat Friends Who Brought Food to Disappeared Chinese Rights Lawyer’s Wife

The wife of "disappeared" human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from house arrest after growing pressure from overseas activists, she told RFA on Thursday. Earlier this week, police in Beijing prevented Wang's wife Li Wenzu from finishing her planned 120 kilometer (60-mile) trek from the capital to neighboring Tianjin to highlight Wang's disappearance. Li was confined to her home, while dozens of security guards, officials and state security police stood guard over the building, beating up friends and fellow activists who tried to visit her.

Six Vietnamese Activists Sentenced For ‘Subversion’ in Hanoi Trial

UPDATED at 9:45 A.M. EST on 2018-04-06 Judicial authorities in Hanoi handed down harsh jail sentences on Thursday to six Vietnamese activists found guilty of “subversion,” earning the condemnation of rights groups who had called for the charges to be dropped. Prominent rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, his colleague Le Thu Ha, and citizen journalists Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Trung Ton, Truong Minh Duc, and Nguyen Bac Truyen, were tried for conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the state under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. The statute carries maximum sentences of life imprisonment or capital punishment for those who are…