China Cracks Down on Hong Kong’s Religious Freedoms

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All religious buildings in China have been locked down since COVID began. Hong Kong authorities re-imposed pandemic lockdowns from early January until this week amid China’s COVID outbreak. The Chinese government controls religious organizations by forcing them to register and submit to the leadership of approved “patriotic religious entities” that enforce restrictions. For several years, the Christian church in Hong Kong was spared. But recent actions taken against Hong Kong’s Christian churches are aiming to restrain religious freedom.