Voice of the Martyr's Report on China

November 5, 2011

China
China was declared the People's Republic of China in 1949 by Chairman Mao Zedong, who quickly sought to purge society of anything religious. In recent years, living standards have improved in urban areas while little has changed in the countryside, promoting discontent. Political controls remain tight. The human rights record in China is one of the worst in the world. Its system of "re-education through labor" detains hundreds of thousands of people each year in work camps without a court hearing. In Tibet, an autonomous region within China, Christians are trapped between the oppression of Buddhism and the oppression of communism. On May 8, 2009, after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended China remain on the U.S. Department of State's list of the world's worst violators of religious freedom, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said the report was "an attempt to smear China." Each year, China forcibly repatriates around 4,000 refugees to North Korea -- where they face imprisonment, torture and even execution.

Category: Restricted Nation
Religion: Non-Religious/Other 49.58%, Chinese 28.50%, Christian 7.25%
Ideology: Communism
Head of State: President Hu Jintao

More Christians are in prison or under detention in China than in any other country. House churches (unregistered churches), which make up approximately 90 percent of China's Christians, endure unimaginable persecution. But they stand by their commitment to preach the gospel, no matter the cost. In Tibet, most of the persecution against Christians comes from militant Tibetan Buddhists. On Feb. 11, 2009, Chinese authorities arrested 60 house church leaders, including two South Korean pastors who were attending a seminar in Wolong district, Henan province. Police officers disrupted the meeting, arrested the Christians and confiscated phones, books and money. Authorities forced the believers to register with the government and pay a fine. Elderly believers were released, but the South Korean pastors were deported three days later for "engaging in illegal religious activities." They have been banned from entering the country for five years. Other house church Christians remain in detention, and several churches have been forced to close or relocate.

Tibet
Tibet, an autonomous region within China has much demonic bondage. Christians are trapped between the oppression of Buddhism and the oppression of communism. In the months leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government cracked down on Tibetan independence advocates.

Category: Restricted Nation
Religion: Buddhist 80%, Christian 0.2%
Ideology: Communism/Buddhism
Head of State: President Hu Jintao (China)

Most of the persecution against Christians comes from militant Tibetan Buddhists. There may be about 1,000 evangelical and 2,000 Catholics among the five million Tibetans in the world, and there are at least two groups of secret believers in Tibet. A Tibetan version of the Bible was translated in 1948, but many cannot read it because they are illiterate. Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was given two years of re-education through labor in 2008 for his crimes, one of which was preaching the gospel in Tibet.

Posted: November 5, 2011 1:44 PM
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