Early Rain Church
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Countries of particular cruelty

Politics | Annual report calls for U.S. sanctions against China for religious persecution
by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/02/19, 06:15 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its annual report this week and called on Congress and the Trump administration to increase sanctions against countries with rampant religious persecution, especially China.

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Harass, assault, repeat

Persecution | Chinese police continue to detain and abuse members of Early Rain Covenant Church
by June Cheng
Posted 2/28/19, 11:32 am

This past Sunday in China, members of Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church gathered inside living rooms for worship as they’ve done since the Chinese government shut down the church and arrested its leaders in December. But this week, police showed up at two homes, forcing everyone—children, the elderly, and pregnant women—into police buses and taking them away to the local station.

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Holiday in jail

Persecution | While most residents of China celebrate Chinese New Year, 14 church members remain in state custody
by June Cheng
Posted 2/07/19, 11:36 am

The world’s largest annual migration is currently underway as Chinese people return home to celebrate Chinese New Year this week. Chinese citizens are expected to make a whopping 2.99 billion trips by train, plane, and automobile between Jan. 21 and March 1, according to Lian Weiliang, the deputy director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. 

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