60 Chinese Christians apply for political asylum in Czech Republic

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About 60 Chinese Christians have applied for political asylum in Czech Republic. The application comes in the midst of ongoing persecution of Christians in the country. China has been already slammed for its anti-churches and Christians drive, while religious experts are of the opinion that despite a surge in persecution the country is all set to become world’s largest Christian population by 2025.

Christian persecution in China

Western countries are already heaping condemnation on China’s Communist Party over its drive against Christians and churches. In the wake of surging persecution, Chinese Christians seeking asylum in Europe, is not an unusual phenomenon. However, this is the first time in the history that a group of 60 Christians have applied for asylum abroad.

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In its annual report of the year 2016, the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom has placed China in the list of Tier 1 of Countries of particular concern CPC. Other countries in this list include Burma, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

“The past year was marked by the Chinese government’s deliberate and unrelenting crackdown on human rights and dissent. This crackdown transpired while the government considered new laws to bolster its power and reach, such as a national security law enacted July 1 and a terrorism law adopted on December 28,” USCIRF stated in its report.