Dozens of Chinese Christians seek refuge in Thailand | Asia | An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

After experiencing years of persecution in China and failing to get asylum in South Korea, a group of 57 Chinese Christians arrived in Thailand late last month to apply for refugee status through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Church members describe their lives as “turbulent” and under constant threat — even after they left China in 2019.

The church experienced repeated harassment from local authorities since its founding in the Chinese city of Shenzhen as Beijing tightened its control over religious communities.

“Police raided our gathering place, took me in for questioning, and confiscated our computers and Bibles since 2014,” said Pan Yongguang, pastor of the church.

“After I signed a public statement criticizing the Regulations on Religious Affairs in 2018, police pressured my…

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