Fri, November 2nd, 03:15 PM
A Question of Justice: The Refugees of The Church of Almighty God
Generally, hostility towards refugees has led several countries to adopt restrictive policies about religion-based refugee claims. The session offers a case study of refugees to Asia, Europe, and North America of The Church of Almighty God, one of the largest new religions of China. Thousands of them fled China seeking asylum in other countries. Their asylum requests are often denied, based on lack of evidence of individual persecution (which is in fact not required by the 2004 UNHCR Guidelines in Religion based refugee claims). The session explores the condition of these refugees, especially women, in different countries from a religious, legal, and humanitarian point of view. It will include a video and the participation of some of the refugees themselves.