30 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 09/21/2012
CHINA
Beijing's Shouwang Church denounces police repression
The pastor of the congregation, the combative Jin Tianming, has laid a formal complaint to the authorities: officials arrested his people more than 1,600 times in 17 months, have prevented them from using the premises purchased for worship or hire others, have lobbied for the dismissal of his followers.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Church of Shouwang, one of the most influential unofficial Protestant congregations in China, has denounced the Beijing police for having prevented his followers from meeting to pray together for over a year. The pastor Jin Tianming submitted a request for an "administrative review", the term used to describe the ability of citizens to challenge governmental actions to the municipal government of the capital.

The review, inspected and approved by one of the faithful of the church, was then posted on the Web.  In the text Jin accused the police of repressive policies towards the congregation, which can not move to its new home - a ' area of ​​about 5 thousand square meters purchased for 3.2 million euro - and can not rent another hall.

In addition, the pastor complains that he was put under house arrest along with his followers and other Protestant leaders since last April 9, the day before a planned outdoor function. On that occasion, police detained 169 faithful, but despite this, every Sunday the congregation met the same.

According to Jin's calculations, in the last 17 months the faithful of Shouwang were arrested more than 1600 times in 90 different police stations, and each time for more than 48 hours. In addition, 60 Christians have been forced to move house and have lost their jobs because of authorities' pressure : "It is a clear suppression of the right to religious freedom of citizens and the right of the church to practice its faith."

The Church of Shouwang has over a thousand followers: in 2005 it requested registration, but was denied it by the state. In China only registered religious groups are allowed. But there are more unofficial Protestant Christians (about 80 million) than members of the official Three-Self Movement (20 million). For fear that the situation might slip from the Party's control, for almost five years there has been a campaign to eliminate the underground communities or merge them into the official community.

 

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/06/2011 CHINA
Arrest of Shouwang Christians and other believers relentless
05/16/2011 CHINA
Persecution mounts against the Church of Shouwang
05/23/2011 CHINA
Shouwang Christians will not give up, they pray in public and the police arrest them
02/27/2009 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan monk killed by Chinese police after setting himself on fire
03/23/2009 TIBET - CHINA
A hundred Tibetan monks arrested after protesting death of another monk
by Nirmala Carvalho

Editor's choices
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.