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Chinese Christians in Re-education Camps

Chinese Christians in Re-education Camps

Much has been reported about internment camps for Uyghur Muslims in Northeast China. However, Christians, Buddhists, Kazakh people, and other perceived threats to the communist government are also imprisoned in the camps.

A Han Chinese Christian couple who left their home to plant churches among Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region were imprisoned for two years for their Christian work.

The couple, who led an unregistered house church, were arrested and pressured to sign statements rejecting their Christian faith.

When they refused, they were imprisoned in a re-education camp. The couple spent most of each day sitting rigidly on stools in a large room as government propaganda droned from loudspeakers. They were finally released and warned to keep quiet about their experience in the re-education camp. Although they remain under heavy surveillance, they are still committed to serving the Lord in China.

This is a common practice throughout China: Christians being subjected to communist indoctrination. This can occur not only in the re-education camps but also in prison, in government schools and in society at large. One goal of Chinese prisons is to reform a prisoner into a ‘new man’ who fully subscribes to communist ideology.

Based on more than 800 documented arrests of Christians in 2017 and 2018, it is fair to estimate that several thousand Christians are currently imprisoned in China where they are subjected to daily indoctrination in communist values.

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