China’s Guangzhou Encourages Citizens to Report ‘Illegal Religious Activities’

By International Christian Concern

Guangzhou, China’s third largest city, has issued a set of guidelines to reward those who report on ‘illegal religious activities.’ Informants can receive up to 10,000 RMB (US$1480) of reward.

According to the guidelines Guangzhou’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau published on March 20, for citizens, legal persons, and organizations who report on illegal religious activities, providing clues to the organization, planning, propaganda, and holding of illegal religious activities, or suspicious persons, places, actions, or items, they will be rewarded with various scales of payment.

The Bureau stated that the motive behind publishing these guidelines is to mobilize the mass to actively participate in the prevention and clampdown of illegal religious activities.