3 Pastors Imprisoned for Faith Reveal Sick Truth of Christian Persecution by SAVE THE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS via Charisma News
Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), which advocates on behalf of 300 million Christians facing heavy persecution worldwide, is increasingly concerned about ongoing severe persecution of people of many faiths in China, where several religious leaders have recently made international headlines for being imprisoned.
But they are just a few among tens of thousands of Chinese Christians who suffer in silence and live in danger daily at the hands of a communist government.
“The Chinese government routinely commits atrocities against Christian believers in China, including offering cash rewards to those who turn in members of underground churches,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “Likewise, church doors are closed, and congregants arrested simply for worshipping Jesus Christ. China’s government is attacking its own people for their faith. It’s for this reason that we continue to urge the prominent U.S. law firm Squire Patton Boggs to stop its representation of and lobbying for the People’s Republic of China, which has for decades been a top violator of both religious and human rights.”
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One of the first examples involves the United States Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calling on “Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release” Hu Shigen, an underground church leader and religious freedom advocate. Hu disappeared more than four years ago as part of a larger crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists. Three years ago this month, he was tried and convicted for “subversion of state power.” USCIRF adopted Hu in 2018 as part of its Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project.
USCIRF also reports that the Chinese government has intermittently harassed Hu for his political activism and his religious beliefs, while also documenting China’s abuses against Christians, Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others in its 2019 Annual Report, where the organization recommended that the State Department again designate China as a “country of particular concern” for its “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom,” as it has done since 1999.