China: Exclusive briefing on targeting of house churches amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Sep 23, 2020 by

from CSW:

CSW has today published a new briefing containing extracts and analysis from an exclusive report by an experienced China researcher into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on unregistered Protestant ‘house’ churches in China. Although the report author’s identity is known to CSW, it cannot be made public due to the threat of reprisals.

Three  case studies are examined, including a police raid on Xingguang Church, an unregistered church in Xiamen, Fujian Province, and a crackdown on Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, which took place over Easter 2020.

The third case study focuses on the experiences of Xiashangtang Church, an unregistered house church based in Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak. The church is led by Pastor Huang Lei, who has a long history of providing relief and assistance to victims of disasters such as the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Huang’s church raised funds and gathered supplies which they hoped to donate to the government to assist with their response. However, these donations were refused because Xiashangtang Church is considered an “illegal organisation.”

The briefing notes that the targeting of unregistered churches during the COVID-19 pandemic “fits into a broader context of a rapid and significant decline in religious freedom across the nation, impacting all major religious communities, including both registered and unregistered Protestant and Catholic churches.” Concerns are also raised that churches continue to be prevented from meeting together even while life has mainly returned to normal in many cities across China, and the researcher warns that “the persecution may increase” after the pandemic is over.

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See also: The courage to defeat Evilby Marcus Walker, The Critic: “Actions against the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province have tipped over into genocide. Millions are in concentration camps, have endured forced sterilisation, and had forced labour inflicted upon them; this is the eradication of a people and a culture. In 1945 we said, ‘Never again.’ It is happening again.”

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