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
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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