China: Christians Denied Passports

This is part of an ongoing crackdown on Christians by the Chinese Communist Party.

Newsroom (June 02, 2022, 12:30 PM, Gaudium Press) The government authorities in China are denying passports to Christians who wish to travel abroad for various reasons, including studying. They claim it is due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Several Christians have stated that applications for passports have been rejected after immigration authorities discovered their religion, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

“A group of students from Wenzhou planned to study at universities abroad, but the government refused to give passports,” said Zhu, a Christian from Xuzhou city in Jiangsu.

“The government is maintaining these controls, although the pandemic is not so serious now. We have reached another crossroads after 40 years of reform and openness.”

A Christian from Zhejiang province, who spoke on condition of anonymity, commented that the denial of passports and travel bans are part of an ongoing crackdown on Christians by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under its leader Xi Jinping.

“No gatherings are allowed, in the name of disease prevention, and the authorities will close any seminaries connected to house churches if they become aware.”

“Some wealthier families like to send their children to high school abroad, but the government has been discouraging this since the start of the pandemic” by tightening immigration controls.

In March, police in central China’s Hunan province issued a warning ordering residents to surrender their passports, which would be returned after the pandemic…

With Ucanews information.

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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