Center for Studies LIREC's Press Releases
An open letter to the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. Xi Jinping Visits Italy: No Agreement with China May Ignore Human Rights.Read More
On March 5, 2019 the Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience (LIREC) organizes the panel n. 61 at the Annual Conference of the European Academy or Religion. TITLE: Yoga as a way of spirituality, source of well-being and social cohesion, from the East to the West.Read More
Stop the Persecution of Chinese Refugees of The Church of Almighty God in South KoreaRead More
An Open Letter to the Italian Minister of Economy, Mr. Giovanni TriaRead More
Greetings of Italian Delegation to Khalifa Mirza Masroor AhmadRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion Belief and Conscience (LIREC) supports FoRBDefender Movement’s Call On People of all Faiths and None to Declare: “Believe it or not, it’s my Right!”Read More
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.
The New Frontiers of Dialogue and Freedom of Belief.
Conference on the presentation of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion Belief and Conscience (LIREC)Camera dei Deputati (Chamber of Deputies), Sala del Refettorio, 16 January 2018Read More
CESNUR and LIREC
in cooperation with MP Luigi Lacquaniti
organize a press conference on
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VIOLATIONS IN CHINA
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
PRESIDING and CONCLUDING
Raffaella DI MARZIO (LIREC)
“Sinicization” of Religions and “Xie Jiao” in China
Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR)
Chinese witnesses will also be present
You need to register before December 12 with
To enter the House of Parliament, a valid passport or equivalent document is required.
Men should wear jackets and ties.
The number of places is limited and we recommend preregistering with a reasonable advance.
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.
“Cruel Killing, Brutal Killing, Kill the Beast”: Investigating the 2014 McDonald’s “Cult Murder” in Zhaoyuan, by Massimo Introvigne
OSCE Statement - Stella del Mattino (Church of Almighty God), September 26, 2017
OSCE Side Event The Difficult Path to Asylum for Christians of the Church of Almighty God in Italy and Germany
The Church of Almighty God. A Lightning Born in the East “Falls” Right Onto Italy... , Article by Raffaella Di Marzio
A Web site with the materials of the conference on religion-based refugee claims and the situation of the Church of Almighty God’s refugees
The Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience (LIREC) supports CESNUR’s Statement on Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution
The Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience (LIREC) supports CESNUR’s Statement “International Religious Freedom Day 2017 - CESNUR’s Statement on Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution”Read More
Center for studies on Freedom of Religion Belief and Conscience (LIREC) partecipates in the Conference about a new Italian law on Freedom of religion at the Chamber of Deputies.Read More