A recent report highlights worsening religious freedom in Hong Kong due to Chinese government actions, including tightening control and suppressing dissent. The report, titled “Hostile Takeover: The CCP and Hong Kong’s Religious Communities,” raises concerns about the targeting of Christians, particularly Catholics, and efforts to align religious practices with Communist values. Key points include:
- Background: Historically, Hong Kong has enjoyed religious freedom, but recent developments threaten this.
- CCP Initiatives: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has implemented measures to restrict religious freedom, including targeting Christian groups and integrating Communist values into faith traditions.
- Catholic Church Involvement: The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has engaged in activities promoting “sinicization of religion,” while allegedly neglecting to advocate for persecuted believers in mainland China.
- National Security Law: Enacted in 2020, the National Security Law grants broad powers to suppress dissent, leading to arrests of religious figures such as Pastor Gary Pang Moon-yuen.
- Call to Action: The report urges the United States and other democracies to support legislation safeguarding human rights in Hong Kong and to hold hearings on religious freedom violations. Additionally, it advises against extending Vatican-China agreements to Hong Kong.
A new report sheds light on the deteriorating state of religious freedom in Hong Kong, emphasizing the need for international intervention to safeguard this fundamental right. Titled “Hostile Takeover: The CCP and Hong Kong’s Religious Communities,” the report underscores concerning developments orchestrated by the Chinese government.
CCP’s Tightening Grip
The report reveals that the Chinese government is tightening its control over Hong Kong, jeopardizing the religious liberties of its over 7 million residents. This trend is particularly alarming given Hong Kong’s historical reputation for religious tolerance.
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Of significant concern is the CCP’s targeting of Christian groups, especially Catholics. The report highlights accusations against Christian organizations, alleging involvement in protests and collusion with foreign entities. Furthermore, initiatives such as the “sinicization of religion” aim to align religious practices with Communist ideologies.
Catholic Church’s Role
The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong’s involvement in promoting the sinicization of religion raises eyebrows. Despite this, the report suggests a lack of advocacy for persecuted believers in mainland China, indicating a concerning shift in priorities.
Impact of National Security Law
The imposition of the National Security Law in 2020 has exacerbated the situation, empowering authorities to suppress dissent. This law has led to the arrest and imprisonment of religious figures like Pastor Gary Pang Moon-yuen, further stifling religious freedom.
Call to Action
In response to these developments, the report calls upon the United States and other democracies to take decisive action. Specifically, it advocates for the support of legislative measures, such as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Additionally, the report urges scrutiny of Vatican-China agreements and emphasizes the importance of holding hearings on religious freedom violations.
Ultimately, the report serves as a wake-up call, urging concerted efforts to uphold religious freedom in Hong Kong and combat the encroachment of authoritarian regimes on fundamental human rights.
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