China’s atrocious human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities are well-documented, but they don’t end there. Now, it appears the Chinese government is detaining Christians as well and forcing them to renounce their faith — or face torture.
Read the report from Radio Free Asia:
A member of a Christian “house church” in the southwestern province of Sichuan who asked to be identified by a pseudonym Li Yuese said he was held in a facility run by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s United Front Work Department, working in tandem with the state security police, for 10 months after a raid on his church in 2018.
“Another Christian who asked to remain anonymous told RFA that similar facilities are being used across China, not just for Protestants, but also for members of the underground Catholic Church, and of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a target of authorities since 1999.”
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The communists reportedly focus mostly on targeting “house churches” that are not members of the CCP-backed Three-Self Patriotic Association, which teaches people a CCP-approved version of Christianity because it views Christianity as a national security threat.
China apparently views Christianity as a national security threat, and the “secretive” Christian camps in China sound very similar to those where Uyghurs have been imprisoned.
Authorities in China are detaining Christians in secretive, mobile “transformation” facilities to make them renounce their faith, RFA has
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“They use really underhand[ed] methods,” Li said. “They threaten, insult and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this. You have to accept the statement they prepare for you. If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”
China’s treatment of Christians, however, is hardly anything new.
“The Daily Wire highlighted a report last summer about how communist officials in China were reportedly forcing Christians to renounce their faith and remove religious symbols from their homes, replacing them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping, or face being cut off from all welfare services,” the Daily Wire noted.