China Launches New Campaign to Restrict ‘Illegal Social Organizations’ in Order to Crackdown on House Churches

The Chinese flag flies in front of a church officially approved by the government in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. (Jun Yasukawa/Yomiuri Shimbun/AP)

China has launched a campaign to increase restrictions on five types of social organizations that the government has deemed illegal, which includes house churches that aren’t members of the Chinese Communist Party-backed Three-Self Patriotic Association.

According to Radio Free Asia, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs recently announced a campaign to shut down organizations that aren’t registered with authorities but have carried out activities in the name of a social organization, private non-enterprise unit or foundation.

Organizations that continue with their activities despite their revoked registration are also a target of the campaign, the ministry said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett