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China: Christian Fined Over $20,000 For Organizing Religious Training Event

For background on Orthodox Christianity in China, see here.

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“Christian Fined Over $20,000 For Organizing Religious Training Event,” by Yu Bing, China Aid, October 17, 2022:

(Dali, Yunnan Province, China—October 17, 2022) Yunnan Province Dali Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs decided to fine Ji Chungang 150,000 yuan (~20,848 USD) because he organized a religious training event. Ji Chungang, 41 years old, is from Zhumadian City, Henan province, but resides in Kunming City, Yunnan province.

The Written Decision of Administrative Penalty issued by Dali Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs states that Ji Chungang organized a religious training event at Yishanhai Inn, Yanghe Village Committee, Dali Town, Dali City on June 28, 2022, without authorization. The primary evidence includes 19 copies of transcript of the query made on site, two photos of the site, the name list of people attending the event, and documents collected on site.

The litigant can submit the application for administrative reconsideration to Dali People’s Government within 60 days starting the day of receiving the written decision if disagreeing with the penalty decision. Alternatively, the litigant can file a lawsuit to Dali Municipal People’s Court within 6 months in accordance with laws, but the written decision will not be held off from implementation. If the litigant does not apply for administrative reconsideration or file a lawsuit before each deadline or not fulfill his obligation, the organ will ask People’s Court to enforce it forcibly or enforce it coercively in accordance with relevant regulations.

In addition to arrest, threat, and conviction, severe financial penalties are one of the heaviest burdens used by the Chinese government to persecute religious minorities….

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