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ASIA: Religious Persecution

The deal signed between the Vatican and China’s ruling Communist Party on the appointment of bishops last year seemed to have emboldened Beijing in its crackdown on unregistered churches, also known as house or “underground” churches, that have not agreed to align with government-controlled associations that control both Catholic and Protestant churches.

Other countries have launched attacks on religious groups. Christians in Pakistan, India and Vietnam alike have come under attack.  Even in the devoutly religious Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has attacked the church. 

Amid all this, some democratic countries that believe in freedom of religion have begun to speak up. However, more pressure needs to be brought to bear from other countries where democracy and the rule of law is respected.  

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