A crackdown on Protestant and Catholic churches by authorities in Henan continues to violate religious communities’ freedom of religion or belief across the province.
In April 2018, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that authorities in Henan Province had demolished crosses and churches, destroyed religious materials, and forbidden children from attending services in Protestant and Catholic churches. Over the last four months this pattern of religious freedom violations has continued.
Information compiled by CSW, from reports available in the public domain, indicates that in Henan Province alone authorities have confiscated Bibles from hundreds of church members, demolished more than 20 churches, removed or destroyed at least 100 crosses and other religious symbols, and made hundreds of arrests since February 2018. This is not an exhaustive list and the true number of incidents is likely to be higher.