The Church of Almighty God Is a Test of Religious Freedom in Hong Kong – Massimo Introvigne

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The Church of Almighty God Is a Test of Religious Freedom in Hong Kong – Massimo Introvigne On November 20–21, 2017, in just two days, seventeen reports attacking The Church of Almighty God (CAG) were published intensively on Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po, the mouthpiece media of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong (HK), citing the rumors and fallacies consistently fabricated by the CCP to discredit and condemn the CAG. Though the attack was launched against the CAG by the CCP, what will other religious groups be confronted with once the persecution of the CAG formally starts in HK? Prof. Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist, the founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), makes comment on this.

CCP Schemes to Challenge the Legitimacy of The Church of Almighty God in HK – Massimo Introvigne

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CCP Schemes to Challenge the Legitimacy of The Church of Almighty God in HK – Massimo Introvigne On November 20–21, 2017, in just two days, seventeen reports attacking The Church of Almighty God (CAG) were published intensively on Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po, the mouthpiece media of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong (HK), citing the rumors and fallacies consistently fabricated by the CCP to discredit and condemn the CAG. These reports criticized HK’s present approval system for civil society groups as too simple and loose, compared to that during the British colonial period, when applications for the registration of societies must be reviewed by the Special Branch of MI5. With that comparison, they questioned the legitimacy of the registration of the CAG in HK. Prof. Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist, the founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), makes comment on this.  

Xie Jiao, a Concept Manipulated to Attack The Church of Almighty God in HK – Massimo Introvigne

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A Manipulative Concept: Xie Jiao – Massimo Introvigne From November 20 to November 21, 2017, Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po, two mouthpieces of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, released 17 reports intensively to attack The Church of Almighty God, all in a span of two days. These reports cited the rumors and fallacies the CCP always uses to slander and condemn The Church of Almighty God, among which “cult” is the word of the highest frequency. As to this word the CCP uses to condemn the church, Professor Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist from Italy, the founder and director of the Center for Studies on New Religions, who has attended two international anti-cult academic conferences held by the CCP, will make his remarks in this episode.

Rosita Šorytė: The Persecuted Christians Should Be Granted Refugee Status

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On April 9, 2018, a seminar on the topic of “Religious Freedom in the People’s Republic of China” was held in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in Sydney, where Mr. Michael Quinlan, Dean of Law at this School of Law hosted the seminar. Ms. Rosita Šorytė, the chairperson of the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees (ORLIR), gave a speech on the contested religion-based refugee claims and the case of the persecution of The Church of Almighty God Christians, and appealed that countries who signed international law treaties should grant the persecuted Christians refugee status.

Massimo Introvigne Displaced Christians Deserve Refugee Status as Proof of Persecution Is Enough

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On April 9, 2018, a seminar on the topic of “Religious Freedom in the People’s Republic of China” was held in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in Sydney, where Mr. Michael Quinlan, Dean of Law at this School of Law hosted the seminar. During the meeting, Professor Massimo Introvigne, managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religion (CESNUR) in Italy, discussed the issues such as “Sinicization” of religion and the real situation of the persecution of Chinese Christians. He pointed out that based on the evidence of the Christians’ suffering cruel torture and persecution in China, they deserve to receive refugee status.  

Rights of Religious Refugees Should Be Protected

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In recent years, as the CCP government escalates its repression of religious beliefs, the public has developed an understanding of the facts of persecution against The Church of Almighty God. A growing number of international human rights organizations and Western scholars have concerned themselves with and conducted in-depth studies on the Church, including Professor Massimo Introvigne, a prominent Italian scholar of new religious movements and managing director of CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), and Ms. Rosita Šorytė, the president of ORLIR (International Observatory of Religious Freedom of Refugees). On March 29, 2018, they two were interviewed about human rights of religious refugees in Kensington Hotel in South Korea.

Testimony of Experiences of the CCP’s Brutal Persecution Given by Christian Zeng Qing

She accepted the kingdom gospel of Almighty God in 1997. In 2008, she was arrested by the Chinese police due to her faith in God and suffered their torture for one and a half months. Subsequently, she was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor on the trumped-up charge of “disrupting social order.” She had been kept under the Chinese police’s surveillance and investigation after release upon completion of her imprisonment term. Eventually, she was forced to live in exile …

Evidential Fact: Asylum Should Be Granted to The Church of Almighty God Christians – Rosita Šorytė

On March 1, 2018, during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, the Coordination of the Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP LC) organized a Side Event on the denial of religious freedom in China and the case of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). Ms. Rosita Šorytė, a former Lithuanian diplomat who is currently president of ORLIR (International Observatory of Religious Freedom of Refugees), made a presentation in the event.

French Authorities Deporting Church of Almighty God Members: Accomplice of Persecution – Eric Roux

On March 1, 2018, during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, the Coordination of the Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP LC) organized a Side Event on the denial of religious freedom in China and the case of The Church of Almighty God (CAG). Because of the snow in Geneva, the airport was closed and Mr. Eric Roux, the president of EIFRF (European Interreligious Forum for Religion Freedom), was absent and Mr. Ivan Arjona-Pelado, the president of Foundation for the Improvement of Life Culture and Society, read a report written by Mr. Eric Roux in the event.

Massimo Introvigne: The Church of Almighty God Christians Displaced Overseas Deserve Refugee Status

On March 1, 2018, during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, the Coordination of the Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP LC) organized a Side Event on the denial of religious freedom in China and the case of The Church of Almighty God. Prof. Massimo Introvigne, a well-known Italian scholar of new religious movements and managing director of CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), made a presentation in the event.