Sep 12, 2018

Bitter Winter

A magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China
Bitter Winter

A magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China

"In 2018, China was due to appear before the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva for the Universal Periodic Review, an assessment of the human rights situation all UN member states should submit to every five year. In the same year 2018, XI Jinping moved to consolidate his position as potential president for life in China, and new and more restrictive laws on religion came into force. 2018 is also the year when Bitter Winter starts being published as an online magazine devoted to religious liberty and human rights in China."

"Bitter Winter plans to report on how religions are allowed, or not allowed, to operate in China and how some are severely persecuted after they are labeled as “xie jiao,” or heterodox teachings. We plan to publish news difficult to find elsewhere, analyses, and debates."

"Placed under the editorship of Massimo Introvigne, one of the most well-known scholars of religion internationally, “Bitter Winter” is a cooperative enterprise by scholars, human rights activists, and members of religious organizations persecuted in China (some of them have elected, for obvious reasons, to remain anonymous). It is independent from any religious or political organization, serving an international audience, although gladly welcoming the cooperation of many, and the fruit of volunteer work by those who work on it , although donations are gladly accepted."

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