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New restrictions continue to shrink religious freedom

West Huaihai Road Christ Church held a Comprehensive Strengthening of Religious Administration Conference (Photo:Xuzhou Municipal Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau website) (Jiangsu, China – September 22, 2022) The city of Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, issued a notice aimed at tightening comprehensive religious control to limit religious freedom in China in the form of ten strict prohibitions


“An extravagant wish”: Wife of Gao Zhisheng reflects on his five years of forced disappearance

(ChinaAid, Washington DC—September 20, 2022) ChinaAid and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation hosted an event honoring Gao Zhisheng, a renowned Chinese human rights lawyer who forcibly disappeared five years ago. During the press conference, Geng He, the wife of Gao, read a statement reflecting on the five years since her husband’s disappearance. ChinaAid previously awarded

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Linfen Covenant House Church’s Li Jie criminally detained on suspicion of “fraud” 

Preacher Li Jie’s criminal detention notice (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Linfen, Shanxi province – September 8, 2022) Authorities criminally detained Linfen Covenant House Church’s preacher Li Jie on suspicion of “fraud” at Yaodu District Detention Center. His wife Li Shanshan received the detention notice issued by Linfen public security bureau. Li Jie’s family and another preacher


Geng Zejun sentenced to over a year

Geng Zejun’s verdict (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Shizuishan, Ningxia province – August 22, 2022) According to Church of the Rock, Huinong District Court sentenced Geng Zejun to 1 year and 3 months for “organizing illegal gatherings.” Geng Zejun and his congregation belong to the reformed faith and have refused to accept the management of the Chinese


Update: Early Rain member charged with “assaulting a police officer”

The criminal detention notice for A Xin (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Chengdu, China—August 18, 2022) On the evening of August 15, Zhao Qing, a congregant of Early Rain Covenant Church, came to the police station and picked up the criminal detention notice for her husband, Xing Hongwei (pen name: A Xin). Authorities arrested Xing while raiding


Beijing Zion Church raided during Sunday service

Beijing Zion Church’s prayer request letter (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Beijing, China – August 17, 2022) On August 14, Beijing Zion Church’s branch in the Mentougou district was raided during Sunday service.       When Pastor Yang Jun was preaching around 10 AM, more than 10 individuals from the Mentougou District Culture and Tourism Bureau, community

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Authorities raid Early Rain Covenant Church gathering, one detained

Police raided Early Rain Covenant Church, resulting in one violent arrest (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Chengdu, Sichuan province—August 15, 2022) Early Rain Covenant Church disclosed that Chengdu authorities raided their in-person gathering yesterday. Police required congregants to register their ID numbers. Some members refused to register their IDs, resulting in one violent arrest.       


Americans visit Mayflower Church to prevent potential kidnapping

Deana Brown of FSI with members of the Mayflower Church (Photo: Deana Brown) (ChinaAid—August 11, 2022) In the last several months, options dwindled for the Mayflower Church and Pastor Yonggang. The South Korean government refused to grant them asylum due to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) influence. Church members sought resettlement options, and American partners visited


House church faces fines totaling over $5 million

The exterior of Wang Family Wedding Church (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Guangdong—August 9, 2022) A house church in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, faces a hefty fine as authorities continue to crack down on house churches that are not registered with the government and therefore deemed “illegal.” Members of the church have asked


An Yankui’s wife detained right before his trial

  An Yankui with his family (Photo: ChinaAid source) (Taiyuan, Shanxi province—August 5, 2022) Yesterday, Zion Reformed in Taiyuan sent out prayer requests for Minister An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao, both charged with “illegally crossing the national border.” Their trial will be this morning.  Yao Congya, An Yankui’s wife, was taken away by police before


Upcoming prayer service for Gao Zhisheng

Renown human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng (Photo: The Epoch Times) (Taiwan—August 4, 2022) The historic Chapel of the Jinan Presbyterian Church in Taiwan will hold a Taizé prayer service for Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng on the evening of August 10.      According to a bulletin of the Jinan Presbyterian Church, Chinese human

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