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‘Sinicizing’ religion

Persecution | A sweeping campaign against house churches in China is sending leaders to prison and forcing many faithful Christians underground
by June Cheng
Posted 4/11/19, 03:07 pm

On a Sunday morning in the fall of 2017, I arrived at Jiangxin Building in downtown Chengdu, walked past rows of parked scooters, and waited for a rickety elevator to take me up to the 23rd floor. As the elevator doors opened, Early Rain Covenant Church was abuzz with activity.

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Nuclear bond

Human Rights | North Korean defectors say joining together national security negotiations and humanitarian concerns is the key to unraveling Kim Jong Un’s abusive regime
by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/11/19, 02:56 pm

In North Korea, the sin of a single family member can condemn the next three generations to fearful suffering. Many transgressions can lead to arrest and imprisonment in the regime’s political prison camps, but perhaps the cardinal sin is attempting to escape to China or South Korea.

Kim Hye Sook learned this in February of 1975, when authorities dragged her family off to a political prison camp in Bukchang-gun. She was 13. Her family, previously members of the elite in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang, did not know what they had done wrong.

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Striking the messenger

Persecution | China is working to silence critics of its prisonlike re-education camps, with help from neighboring Kazakhstan
by June Cheng
Posted 4/04/19, 04:52 pm

The thousands of videos posted on Kazakh human rights group Atajurt’s YouTube page follow a similar pattern: A distressed mother, brother, husband, or child holding up photos of a family member detained in re-education camps, reciting his or her ID number and recalling when and where the relative disappeared. The photos include chubby toddlers, grandfathers, young wives, and middle-aged men. 

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