30 gennaio 2018


A letter of appeal 
We are urging the authorities of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and other European countries to urgenti grant political asylum to Chinese citizens who have been persecuted because of their religious beliefs in China.

The Church of Almighty God (CAG), also known as Eastern Lightning, has long been one of the most severely persecuted Chinese house churches by the Chinese Communist government. Since its establishment in 1991, the CAG has continued to endure the brutal repression and persecution of the Chinese Communist government. In 1995, the CCP government used trumped-up charges such as "fraud in the name of religion, Qigong" and "deification of their leading members" to condemn the CAG as an "evil cult" and brutally repress and persecute the CAG. According to rough statistics, in just the two short years between 2011 and 2013, the number of Christians of the CAG illegally arrested, detained and sentenced by the Communist Party reached 380,380 people, of which 43,640 people were subjected to various methods of torture at the hands of kangaroo courts, including 13 people who were persecuted to death. As of now, there are already 44 well-documented cases of Christians of the CAG killed by the Communist Party. (For details, see "A Brief History of the CCP's Persecution of the Church of Almighty God.") In 2017, the repression of the CAG by the Communist Party continues to escalate. (see e.g, http://www.cesnur.org/2017/almighty_china_report.pdf).(see e.g,https://www.godfootsteps.org/proofs/12623.html#mulu-1)
In early March 2017, the Chinese government began a new campaign titled "Door-knocking Action" for mass arrests of members of the Church of Almighty God. As a result, many have been arrested, detained and tortured.
A Christian in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, Was Arrested and Interrogated Under Torture for Believing in God.
On March 22, 2017, at around 8 p.m., a Christian Wang Chen (female, 48) who lived in Xuzhou City was reported by an informant for believing in God. Three policemen, headed by the deputy director, broke into Wang's house and escorted her to the police station. Then they put Wang in handcuffs and locked her up in an iron cage. After Wang was arrested, the police returned to her house and seized dozens of books on belief in God.

On the morning of March 24, the police escorted Wang Chen to the Public Security Bureau where they pressed her with questions such as "Who are your leaders?" and "What are the sources of these books?" Since she did not reply, the police tortured her illegally. At 8 p.m., the police brutally pushed Wang on a charged torture-rack. The electric shock jolted her instantly. Her breathing quickened and she passed out. The interrogation lasted until 4 a.m. or so. Wang Chen fell unconscious on the floor. 
On the morning of March 25, Wang was then taken to a detention center and detained for 7 days on charges of "believing in a cult." In the four months following her release, the police visited Wang Chen 6 times at her home. Wang Chen was still unable to attend meetings normally at the publication of this report.
di Massimo Introvigne "Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)"
It's enough to prove that his religion is persecuted, so that he has what the document called "a fear of being persecuted." Now that a believer of The Church of Almighty God in China has a fear of being persecuted should be obvious. And that's stated not by The Church of Almighty God only, it's stated by CCP. When CCP says "We will eradicate The Church of Almighty God like a tumor," if I'm a member of The Church of Almighty God, do I have a fear of being persecuted in China? The answer is obvious. But also, the legal system is clear. Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code: if you are active in a xie jiao then you go to jail.
And there is a list of xie jiao. The first list was established in 1995, then again in 2000 and on and on. The Church of Almighty God is in the list, and has been in all the lists since 1995.So, this is the position of the Chinese law, now even of the Chinese practice. The Chinese law says that if you are active in The Church of Almighty God, you go to jail.
So, the persecution is inscribed in the law. So, it should be crystal clear that if you are a member, a real member of The Church of Almighty God in China, you have a fear of persecution. So, it doesn't matter whether you have been individually persecuted. It doesn't matter whether other Christians in Korea believe you are heretic. You are part of a religious group, which as a group is persecuted. So, you are entitled to refugee status. To conclude otherwise means to be guilty of a gross violation of the United Nations indications about Religion-Based Refugee Claims, and it is so strange and scandalous that we can only believe that this is happening because of political pressure from China, because otherwise the violation of international humanitarian law is blatant in this case.
In 2004, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees published guidelines on religion-based refugee claims. These guidelines clarify that new and non-traditional religions are entitled to the same protection as mainline religions; that individuals should not prove that they have been individually persecuted and a general pattern of persecution against their religious group is enough; and that "persecution" should be broadly interpreted, including prohibition to freely practice and propagate one's religion.
The Church of the Almighty God fulfills these conditions. We call upon the EU member states to grant political asylum to their members.

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