CHINA: Exorbitant Fines Imposed on Landlords of Religious Venues
  • 08 August 2019

A new strategy has raised the level of fear among the church in China. Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $45,000. The measure, supported with much publicity, has left many churches homeless. A Christian from an impoverished household in Luanchuan County used to host small […]

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China: Sermons with Too Much Religion Not Allowed
  • 09 May 2019

A Three-Self Church preacher in the Demonstration Zone of Shangqiu city, in China’s central Henan Province, was disappointed when the sermon that he had sent to the local authorities for approval was denied. The reply, which he received on 15 March, stated that the content of the sermon was substandard: too much religion and not enough communist ideology. […]

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MYANMAR: Forced to join the Army, Forced to Deny their Faith
  • 09 November 2018

Churches, priests and Christian missionaries working in Wa, a mountainous region in the eastern state of Shan, are victims of the repression of Myanmar’s largest rebel army, the United Wa State Army (UWSA). It is the armed wing of the United Wa State Party (UWSP), the state’s China-aligned political wing. On September 9 more than […]

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VIETNAM: New Law to Control Religion
  • 04 May 2016

Vietnam’s new “Law on Belief and Religion,” scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of governmental repression and control to an already pressurised Church, says Vo Tran Nhat, Executive Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights. “They’re going to adopt a new law, a law on religion. This law is […]

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