Chinese President Increases Persecution of Religious Groups

Oct 27, 2017

A report compiled by Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng details the breadth and “intensity of religious persecution that continues in” China. The report was translated by ChinaAid and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. According to the report, the Chinese government under President Xi has “violently” suppressed “religious groups, primarily Christians and practitioners of Falun Gong.” “The external environment for religious faith hit a new low in 2016 after 30 years of suppression,” wrote Gao Zhisheng. "Since Xi Jinping came to power, the CPC's general suppression of Christianity, with a particular focus on individual cases, has become a new and distinctive trend, which has been even more obvious in the past year.” Gao Zhisheng documented the suppression of Christianity. The property of Christians has been sized and destroyed. “In 2016, a pastor and his wife were buried alive in Henan [province] while protesting against their church being forcibly possessed. Adherents to Falun Gong “have been abducted, forcibly disappeared, framed, and tortured,” according to the report. Bob Fu of ChinaAid said, “We urge President Trump to speak to Chinese leaders about this deteriorating human rights situation and raise the case of Gao and other prisoners of conscience when he visits China in early November.”