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Taiwan Keynote: Luke de Pulford

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Understating the scale of global religious persecution; the central importance of religious freedom and its impact on human trafficking and other violations of human rights.   I asked Lord Alton to set the scene by giving you an overview of the global phenomenon of religious persecution. 

Catholic Media Mogul Faces Life Sentence: Pope Francis’ Silence Slammed as Lord Alton Speaks Up for His ‘Friend’

By  Jules Gomes

Hong Kong Catholic media magnate and pro-democracy campaigner Jimmy Lai Chee-ying is facing life imprisonment for colluding with foreign forces under China’s new national security law.      Click here to read​​​

That Beijing wants to put Martin Lee in jail illustrates the Chinese regime’s contempt for the law.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Washington Post“If it will put this man in jail, China will stop at nothing. That Beijing wants to put Martin Lee in jail illustrates the Chinese regime’s contempt for the law.    Click here to read​​​

The Attempted Shutdown of China’s Christians

By Nina Shea  (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

In Three-Self Protestant churches in China last Christmas, robed choir members again raised their voices in song, but this time their music was not traditional carols and hymns of praise to God. It was “My Motherland and I” and other anthems of homage to the Chinese Communist Party.  Click here to read​​​

Hong Kong Poll shows growing support for the pro democracy movement

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

Reuters have published a new poll of attitudes of people in Hong Kong. It shows that a  growing majority of people in Hong Kong support the pro-democracy movement’s goals after China introduced a national security law for the city, but backing for the protest movement was a smaller, at 44%.   Click here to read​​​

Under a renewed Sino-China agreement, the Chinese Catholic Church will wither

By Nina Shea  (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

The Vatican is aiming to renew its secret provisional agreement with China as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s regime becomes more totalitarian and ruthless.      Click here to read​​​

Hong Kong begins life under a new Chinese national-security law

The Economist

IF CHINA’S RULERS hoped the new national-security law they have imposed on Hong Kong late on June 30th would immediately cow its critics there into silence, they have been proved wrong. Protests to mark July 1st, the anniversary of the handover of the territory from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, defied both the law and a ban this year on what has become an annual event. So the first arrests under the law came almost at once.   Click here to read​​​

Nuns arrested by Chinese Communist Party as Beijing turns up heat on Church in Hong Kong.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

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Do Not Support China's Huawei, Cripple It Instead

​By Gordon G. Chang

China, with control of 5G, will be in a position to remotely manipulate the world's devices. In peacetime, Beijing could have the ability to drive cars off cliffs, unlock front doors, and turn off pacemakers. In war, Beijing could paralyze critical infrastructure.   
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Pakistan’s blasphemy ordeal

​By Farahnaz Ispahani

Barely two weeks after Pakistani Christian Asia Naureen (usually referred to as Asia Bibi), whose ordeal over false blasphemy charges attracted international attention, was allowed to leave the country, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claimed new victims.  Click here to read​​​

Cardinal Zen: 'No confidence' in HK religious freedom after new security law

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead to a clampdown on religious freedom.   Click here to read​​​

Ed Lucas is right to warn that in the EU’s trade deal with China “self interest trumps solidarity”, that few European decision makers appreciate the threat posed by the CCP

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

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Report: Chinese nuns forced out of convent after government harassment

By  Staff Reporter

Eight nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in northern China due to government pressure.  
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Target government aid at Pakistan's persecuted minorities

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Next week the Lords will have a short debate on the plight of Pakistan’s minorities, whose shocking treatment came into sharp focus through the case of Asia Bibi – wrongly condemned to death and incarcerated for nine years under Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws. Pakistan’s Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, and other minorities – like the last remaining 4,000 Kalash, clinging to a precarious existence in three remote valleys of Pakistan – all face shocking persecution and discrimination.    Click here to read​​​

The BBC’s Horrifying Uyghur-Torture Story     

By The senior editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

An estimated 1 million Uyghurs — and other Turkic peoples in the Xinjiang region — are detained in the CCP’s concentration camps.   Click here to read​​​

Burma -UK Says: “The coup must end. We urge the military to exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law

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The military must be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to explore all options for doing this.”   Click here to read​​​

Catholics Pray Outside Their Shut Down Churches

​By An Xin

To push all believers under its control, the Chinese government is closing down all churches that refuse to join the Patriotic Catholic Church.   By January 16, over ten Catholic churches have been closed in the county-level city Fu’an, administered by Ningde city in the southeastern province of Fujian. All of them refuse to register with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) and belong to the Diocese of Mindong, part of Fuzhou Archdiocese, where numerous churches have been shut down over the past year.   
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China isn’t only an oppresssor in Hong Kong. It’s a threat to all of us. Here’s how to respond.

​By Luke de Pulford 

Armistice Day 2019 will surely be remembered as a threshold moment in the history of Hong Kong.  In the early hours of Monday morning, traffic police fired live rounds into the chests of two protestors at Sai Wan Ho. Instead of putting one of those students into the recovery position, the police manhandled the body of the kid who had been shot, trying to force his limp frame to sit up straight.     Click here to read​​​

The pictures and accompanying story of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam being taken into custody after their pre-trial hearing demonstrates how the rule of law has been replaced by rule by law.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.     Click here to read​​​

In describing the courageous Jimmy Lai as a contemporary “man for all seasons” – the WSJ says that ” When a billionaire becomes a dissident, the takeover of Hong Kong is complete”.

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

When a frightened regime has to crush the media, and even has to arrest participants over a candlelit vigil, it tells you all you need to know. But history teaches us that such regimes ultimately die from their own poison.   Click here to read​​​

The chilling effects of the National Security Law can already be seen in Hong Kong.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

The chilling effects of the National Security Law can already be seen in Hong Kong. It is already reducing the extent to which the people of Hong Kong are able to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms.    Click here to read​​​

New Hong Kong laws will have 'no effect' on religious freedom says cardinal

​By CNA Staff

Cardinal John Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong, has rejected concerns that new security and sedition laws for the province pose a risk to religious freedom.  ​   Click here to read​​​

“The Persecution of the Uighur Muslims in China – Where to Go From Now?”

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

“The Question of Mass Atrocity Monitoring and Determination”   - 17 November 2020 at 5 PM (GMT)  Zoom Webinar (Side event to the Ministerial on FoRB)    Click here to read​​​

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC says “I’ve been sanctioned by China – but that won’t stop me speaking out over Xinjiang”

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

The evidence is clear: a genocide against the Uighurs is in progress. Britain must not put trade before human rights

It came as no surprise to me that I have been included on the list of those sanctioned by the Chinese government for vocal criticisms of the human rights abuses towards Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. China is not big on freedom of speech. In the “tit-for-tat game that is part of foreign relations, this action is of little consequence. On a personal level, I will be sad not to visit China again, as I have great admiration for many Chinese academics and human rights advocates with whom I have had contact.   
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China Cracks Down on Christians

​By Nina Shea & Bob Fu  

Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS

Zion Church in Beijing is the largest in China’s burgeoning Protestant underground. In September, the 11-year-old house church was sealed shut by the government.  Its crime? Zion’s pastor, Dr. Ezra Mingri Jin, a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, had rejected an intolerable Chinese Communist Party (CCP) directive to mount face-recognition cameras on his pulpit, turned on the congregation. For his refusal, the pastor and virtually all of Zion’s 1,500 members have been detained, searched and questioned by public security – some more than once.  Click here to read

China's Han Superstate: The New Third Reich

​By  Gordon G. Chang

More than a million people, for no reason other than their ethnicity or religion, are held in concentration camps in what Beijing calls the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and what traditional inhabitants of the area, the Uighurs, say is East Turkestan. In addition to Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs are also held in these facilities.   Families in this troubled area, shown on maps as the northwestern portion of the People's Republic of China, are being torn apart. ​  Click here to read​​​

The Vatican’s Agreement With China Looks Even Worse Now

​By Nina Shea

Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS

Two months out, the China-Holy See provisional agreement on episcopal appointments is proving to be yet another tool for Beijing to suppress the Chinese faithful. And its damage goes even deeper than the Chinese government’s selection of Catholic bishops, as critical as that is for the hierarchically structured Roman Catholic Church.   In asserting state control over religion, Chinese President Xi Jinping continues the harshest crackdown since the Cultural Revolution against all religions, the Catholic Church included, as documented by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Meanwhile, the agreement gives the Chinese regime moral cover and provides it with new opportunities for influencing religious matters at home and in Rome.  Click here to read

History tells us that regimes die from their own poison after gagging the press

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

When a frightened regime has to crush the media, and even has to arrest participants over a candlelit vigil, it tells you all you need to know. But history teaches us that such regimes ultimately die from their own poison.    Click here to read​​​

Nigel Adams MP, the UK Government Asia Minister, highlights the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others in China

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool

We remain deeply concerned about the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief in China. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. We believe that societies which aim to guarantee freedom of religion or belief are more stable, prosperous and more resilient against violent extremism.   ​   Click here to read​​​

Christmas Eve Fast & Hunger Strike for Human Rights in China

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Tonight Benedict Rogers of Hong Kong Watch has published a Christmas Open Letter to  Xi Jinping, and an Open Letter to everyone throughout China, Hong Kong, East Turkestan, Tibet, Southern Mongolia and beyond – to every prisoner, activist, religious believer, blogger, to every journalist, to every lawyer, to every ordinary person who yearns to be free.   Click here to read​​​

Do Not Trade with a China that Lies, Cheats, and Steals 

​By Gordon G. Chang

"This won't revolutionize the U.S.-China relationship or the terms of trade between us, but it shows that the two countries can work together on an important issue," said Clete Willems of Akin Gump to Bloomberg, referring to President Trump's "phase one deal" announced October 11. "Learning to do so is critical to avoid a broad deterioration of all aspects of our relationship, which is not in anyone's long-term interest."   Despite what Willems said, it now is in the long-term interest of the United States to walk away from trade deals with the People's Republic of China.    Click here to read​​​

359 'People Were in Pieces!'  Sri Lanka: Islamist Terror on Easter   

​By Raymond Ibrahim

Eight separate explosions took place, at least two of which were suicide bombings: three targeted churches celebrating Easter Sunday Mass; four targeted hotels frequented by Western tourists in connection with Easter holiday; and one blast in a house, which killed three police officers during a security operation.    ​  Click here to read​​​

Biden’s Choice in China

By Nina Shea  (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

Eleven million persecuted Uighurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region got a first taste of justice on January 19 when then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide against them.

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The unprecedented scale of anti-Christian persecution in Asia

​By  John Pontifex 

When an elderly Christian woman in a village in India’s Tamil Nadu state was beaten by extremists, her attackers defended their actions by saying that she had defiled the road by walking on it during a Hindu festival. A dozen Christians who tried to rescue her were also injured when the extremists threw stones at them.   Investigating the reasons for this outbreak of anti-Christian hatred shines a light not just on the problem in India but also elsewhere in the region, where the complex range of threats has shifted dramatically to pose a unique challenge to the faithful.    
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Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims

​By Charles McDermid

Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of persecution in Asia last year, according to a new report, which described the situation facing the faith in China as the worst since the Cultural Revolution.  The annual Open Doors World Watch List, released on Wednesday, said Asia is “the new hotbed of persecution for Christians”.   It noted a sharp increase in the persecution of Christians in Asia over the past five years – but with a dramatic spike in 2018, driven by the likes of a rise in Hindu ultra-nationalism in India, radical Islamism in Indonesia and tougher religious regulations in China.   Click here to read

Philippines: Christians Slaughtered, Churches Bombed

​By  Raymond Ibrahim

On Sunday, January 27, extremist Muslims bombed a Catholic cathedral during Mass in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed and 111 wounded.   At 8:45 am, two explosives were detonated about a minute apart in or near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo. According to the Associated Press: 

"The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb  hurled  human  remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said."
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British and Pakistan Governments and the Commonwealth Challenged In The British Parliament To Champion the Persecuted Minorities Of Pakistan; to uphold the ideals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah; and for Prince William to meet the minorities during his forthcoming visit.

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between their aid programmes and human rights and the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, and in particular the case of Asia Bibi.  My Lords, Pakistan’s illustrious and enlightened founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, crafted a constitution which promised to uphold plurality, famously saying:  “You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State” 
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Hong Kong court convicts Jimmy Lai and other activists over peaceful protest

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Hong Kong (CNN Business)A Hong Kong court has convicted pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and eight other prominent opposition activists over their roles in an unauthorized assembly at the height of the 2019 protests.The other defendants included “Hong Kong’s father of democracy” Martin Lee and veteran pro-democracy figures Albert Ho and Lee Cheuk-yan. They were charged with organizing and taking part in a peaceful protest on Hong Kong Island on August 18, 2019, which had been banned by police. Among the nine defendants, all but ex-lawmakers Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung pleaded not guilty.On Thursday, judge Amanda Woodcock convicted the defendants, adding they will be sentenced at another date. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment  Click here to read​​​

China sentences 10 seeking to flee Hong Kong to prison terms – a travesty of justice, a mockery of the rule of law, a flagrant abuse of judicial norms.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

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Jimmy Lai’s arrest vividly illustrates the way in which the  Chinese Communist Party will use its new Security Law to drive a stake into the very heart of Kong Kong’s freedoms and liberties

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

Freedom of press stripped to “terrorise and engender fear” in Hong Kong    -   The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hong Kong have condemned the arrest of pro-democracy media owner Jimmy Lai, as well as 6 of his colleagues and the raid of the Apple Daily newsroom, in Hong Kong under the National Security Law.  Click here to read​​​

An elder of Love (Ren’ai) Reformed Church Criminally detained in a pre-Easter raid by the Chinese Communist Party

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Zhang Chunlei, an elder of Love (Ren’ai) Reformed Church in Guiyang in China’s Guizhou province, has been placed in criminal detention after a police raid on 15 March 2021. On the morning of 15 March, local police and officials from the Religious Affairs Bureau stormed a privately rented property in Guiyang where a group of Christians were holding a retreat, taking 10 people to a police station. Later that day, Mr Zhang went to the police station to make inquiries, at which point he was detained. Officers then raided the homes of Mr Zhang and several other church members, and subsequently issued Mr Zhang and three others with penalties of administrative detention for ‘illegally operating as an association’.  
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The Vatican’s Unholy China Deal

​By William McGurn

The Catholic Church in China is being “murdered” while the Vatican stands idly by. So alleged Cardinal Joseph Zen in an appeal he sent to the world’s 223 cardinals in September but only recently made public.   This columnist caught up with the cardinal on Thursday in New York. He was just back from Washington, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented him with the Chinese Democracy Champion Prize on behalf of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation. Asked about his talk of “murder,” he doubles down.... Click here to read​​​ (Subscription may be required)