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Center for Studies LIREC's Press Releases

An Urgent Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel

Raffaella Di Marzio

An Urgent Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel


Open Letter toChancellor Merkel: We are NGOs active in the field of religious liberty, and write about the urgent situation of a Chinese refugee, Ms. Zhao, currently detained at the Aufsichtsund Dienstleistungsdirektion Landeseinrichtung für Asylbegehrende und Ausreisepflichtige in Hamburg, after she resisted forcible deportation to China on July 9. We urge you to consider that, should Ms. Zhao be returned to China, she would certainly be arrested and might be subject to torture or “disappear” while in custody.

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Like a Lamb to the Slaughter: Will the United States Send This Woman to Her Death?

Raffaella Di Marzio

An Open Letter to President Trump. Like a Lamb to the Slaughter: Will the United States Send This Woman to Her Death?

Nine NGOs have signed an appeal to President Trump on behalf of Sister Zou Demei, the leader of The Church of Almighty God in four provinces of China, who is detained in Detroit and threatened with immediate repatriation to China, where she will risk execution based on trumped-up charges of espionage and selling Chinese military secrets abroad.

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LIREC has successfully completed the first program of the "Awareness Project" at the EuAre Congress

Raffaella Di Marzio

The  Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion Belief and Conscience (LIREC) has successfully completed the first program of the “Awareness” Project, which is dedicated to the study of religious and spiritual minorities in Italy. During the International Congress of the European Academy of Religion (Bologna, 5-8 March 2018), on March 6, 2018, LIREC organized a panel on the Ahmadiyya Community.

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Religious Freedom Violations in China. LIREC/CESNUR Press Conference

Raffaella Di Marzio

in cooperation with MP Luigi Lacquaniti
organize a press conference on

A case study of persecution against Christian minorities


December 14, 2017 - From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Sala Stampa Camera dei Deputati
Roma, Via della Missione, 4

2017年12月14日,新宗教研究中心(CESNUR)、宗教信仰和意識自由研究中心(LIREC)在意大利羅馬眾議院聯合舉辦了一場主題為 「中國侵害宗教自由,迫害少數基督教團體案例研究 」的新聞發布會,會議針對逃亡到歐洲的多數全能神教會基督徒難民申請遭拒,並面臨遣返的問題進行呼籲,這也是在羅馬眾議院首次舉辦有關全能神教會受中共迫害的新聞發布會。參議院議員 ...



“Sinicization” of Religions and “Xie Jiao” in China
Chinese witnesses will also be present
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The press conference will discuss the dramatic situation of religious liberty in China, and the persecution against Christians. Although several other groups are also persecuted, including many non-recognized "House Churches", a blatant case concerns the Church of Almighty God. Its activities are proscribed, and its members jailed and in some instances tortured and killed.

The case is of concern in Italy, because some members of the Church have filed religion based refugee claims in Italy, most of which have been denied. Several NGOs have protested this situation, which also exist in other European countries such as Germany, including at the OSCE on September 18, 2017.

The Chinese authorities try to justify the repression by accusing the Church of Almighty God (as well as other groups) of various crimes. Although some Western media, unfortunately, echoed the accusations uncritically, scholars who have seriously studied the issues have concluded that these are fake news spread by the Chinese authorities, whose persecution of the Church of Almighty God started well before the alleged crimes.