(Midland, Texas—Feb. 1, 2019) ChinaAid released a video and report today highlighting the top 10 persecution cases in China of 2018.
Today is also the one-year anniversary of when the Regulation on Religious Affairs took effect. On February 1, 2018, these stipulations created a harsher crackdown against the religious in China. Many of the cases mentioned in the report are direct results of the unjust regulation.
In 2018, more than 10,000 churches have been shut down in Henan Province alone. Unlike previous religious clampdowns, most of the churches actually belong to the government-sanctioned churches. The aim is to “contain the overheated growth of Christianity,” according to an internally-issued Chinese Communist Party (CCP) document.
The term “Sinicization” also plays a major role in the increased persecution witnessed in 2018. Coined by Chinese President Xi Jinping, it consists of imposing regulations on religious institutions in order to ensure that beliefs center around the teachings of the government.
At a recent hearing hosted by the European Parliament, Dr. Bob Fu, President of ChinaAid, said that 2018 marked the worst year in 40 years in terms of human rights and religious freedom in China.
A video describing each of the cases can be viewed here.