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CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

US religious liberty ambassador calls out China for using tech to suppress religion

Nov 19, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. will be working against the use of technology to suppress religious minorities, the religious freedom ambassador announced this... Read more

Dalù stands in St. Peter’s Square.

Finding God in Shanghai: a Chinese convert’s path to faith

Jun 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

At his baptism at a Catholic church in Shanghai, Dalù said that he “cried like a baby” knowing that his... Read more

China & Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock.

Vatican thanks Chinese groups for donations to combat coronavirus

Apr 9, 2020

The Vatican has thanked Chinese organizations for donating medical supplies to help it combat the coronavirus.  Read more

The flags of the People's Republic of China and of Vatican City.

Chinese campaigns to control Christianity worsened in 2019, watchdog says

Mar 10, 2020

The Chinese government’s campaign to develop “religion with Chinese characteristics” has increased persecution of the country’s Christians, the human rights... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Leak from Xinjiang shows some Uyghurs are detained for family size

Feb 17, 2020

A leaked document from a county in China's northwest details the personal information of some 3,000 Uyghurs. It gives violation... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020.

Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments

Feb 14, 2020

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, met Friday with Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China defends detention of Muslims in Xinjiang

Nov 18, 2019

The Chinese government is defending its policy of mass detention and re-education of Muslims in the country's northwest as an... Read more

Riot police detain two men after clearing protesters from the Central district in Hong Kong, Nov. 13, 2019.

Hong Kong protesters arrested at Catholic church

Nov 13, 2019

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have continued to escalate into violence, with many apparent incidents of forceful police tactics, including... Read more

A display of CCTV products from Hikvision at the Smart China Expo in Chongqing, Aug. 29, 2019. Hikvision was among the firms blacklisted by the US government this week.

US blacklists Chinese groups over repression of Uighurs

Oct 8, 2019

The US Commerce Department on Monday added 28 Chinese organizations to a blacklist barring them from buying products from US... Read more

The Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau.

Macau diocese angered by government light show on church ruins

Oct 4, 2019

A diocese in southern China expressed disappointment this week regarding a patriotic light-show that had been projected on the remains... Read more

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosts an event on 'The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang' in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.

International reactions to Chinese detention of Muslims remain mixed

Sep 25, 2019

As China's detention of Muslims of the country's northwest in re-education camps continues, few countries are openly denouncing the practice... Read more

Advocacy group: Ill Chinese citizens grilled on religious belief before treatment

Sep 3, 2019

As part of its crackdown on religion, the Chinese Communist Party is requiring healthcare workers to grill gravely ill patients... Read more

Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the CPC Committee and chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, July 30, 2019.

Chinese officials claim most Xinjiang detainees have been released

Jul 30, 2019

Government officials from China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region said Tuesday that the area's re-education camps for Muslims have been successful,... Read more

Uighurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China continues to rebut Western claims about repression of Uighurs

Jul 24, 2019

An article published Wednesday in a state-run paper from mainland China repeated government talking points regarding the situations of the... Read more

The flag of the People's Republic of China.

Tribunal says China uses coercion in organ harvesting, targets religious minorities

Jun 22, 2019

An investigative tribunal has said that forced harvesting of organs for transplant continues in China, with religious minorities especially targeted.  Read more

Protesters gather again to rally outside the Legislative Council government offices against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong, June 17, 2019.

Hong Kong extradition bill could further endanger Christians, advocates say

Jun 17, 2019

Though a proposed change to extradition laws in Hong Kong is on hold for now, Christian leaders and advocacy groups... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

US religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs

Jun 11, 2019

Islamic countries should be more vocal in criticizing China's mistreatment of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group, the US ambassador-at-large... Read more

A CCTV security camera in Beijing.

China's technological controls keep Christians under constant surveillance

May 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests approaches, the Chinese Communist Party is utilizing authoritarian tactics old and... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

How China uses technology to repress Uyghurs

Apr 15, 2019

Government-run social media and facial recognition technology are being used to help monitor and detain Muslims in China's Xinjiang Uygur... Read more

Wang Yi leads a service at Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, October 2018. Photo courtesy of Early Rain Covenant Church.

This Protestant pastor has been detained in China since December

Mar 25, 2019

Wang Yi and more than 100 members of his congregation were detained in China's Sichuan province in early December. Some... Read more