China Continues Its Crackdown on Christians | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

China Continues Its Crackdown on Christians

By Olivia Summers1544802070980

Late this past Sunday afternoon, Chinese police raided one of the largest urban churches in China— the “Early Rain Covenant Church” in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

Starting around 5pm, the police raided the homes of individual congregants over a 12-hour period; breaking into their homes, threatening the families, and using powerful searchlights to intimidate the Christian believers. By 5am on Monday morning, more than 80 leaders of the church were arrested and taken from their homes. The senior pastor, Yi Wang, along with his wife and the elders and deacons were taken away. Many of the congregants are under some form of house arrest, and some were even forced to allow the police to stay in the church members’ homes for an extended period. In addition to the raids and arrests, the police forced the church members to sign a statement promising that they will not attend the church anymore. This latest attack is still ongoing.

Around 9am Monday morning, some believers who had been taken to the police station were then taken from the police station and presented to different local authorities and employers who offered them benefits if they agree not to attend the church, including business opportunities, work promotions, or better school choices for their children.

Yesterday, the international community celebrated Human Rights Day, as it is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Seventy years ago, China voted in favor of the UDHR. Article 18 of the UDHR states:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

But, in conducting these raids and arrests, the Sichuan Provincial government is violating the text and spirit of the UDHR. Furthermore, in 1998, China signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Article 18 of which is nearly identical to Article 18 of the UDHR, and states:

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

While China has not yet ratified the ICCPR, signing the treaty is considered an indication of an intention to comply with the text of the treaty. Clearly, that is not occurring.

Christians in China should indeed be free to practice their religion. These crackdowns need to end. We urge China to honor the UDHR, to ratify and enforce the ICCPR, and to stop its local authorities from persecuting religious minorities.

Defend China’s Persecuted Christians

Persecuted Church  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we aggressively engage globally to defend China’s persecuted Christians, every donation (even $5) makes a huge difference. Donate today.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.

ACLJ Makes Oral Intervention at U.N. for Pastor Cao

By Jordan Sekulow1569423883821

Pastor John Cao – a U.S. permanent resident – continues to languish in a Chinese prison, unfairly serving a 7-year sentence for his faith. The longer he’s there, the more he is suffering. Pastor Cao’s family needs him home. This situation is utterly heartbreaking. Pastor Cao was simply living out...

read more

JSL: President Trump Stands for Religious Freedom at U.N.

By Jay Sekulow1569275877586

President Trump led an unprecedented summit on religious freedom at the United Nations today. There were members of the ACLJ team in attendance. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live, we discussed President Trump hosting this event at the United Nations, what it means for persecuted Christians around the...

read more

Nigeria: Christian Teen Leah Sharibu Alive, but in Danger

By Jordan Sekulow1568667385085

Captive Christian teen Leah Sharibu is reportedly still alive, but her life remains in grave danger at the hands of the jihadist army Boko Haram. The ACLJ is continually taking action to win her freedom, standing before the United Nations urging global pressure to save young Leah’s life. As we’ve...

read more

JSL: Freed Pastor Brunson Joins Us in Studio

By Jay Sekulow1567545306215

Today on the show we welcome special guest Andrew Brunson and his wife Noreen into the studio to discuss Pastor Brunson’s two-year detainment in a Turkish jail. Almost a year ago, October 12th, we were able to announce that American Pastor Andrew Brunson was finally released after being wrongfully...

read more