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Forum 18 Takes a Look At Religious Freedom in China

Posted by radiofreechina on September 15, 2006

CHINA: WOULD A RELIGION LAW HELP PROMOTE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?

Some both inside the country and abroad argue that a national religion law
would help end China’s arbitrary treatment of religious believers and
restrictions on their rights by allowing them to appeal to an objective
law. But the authorities avoided adopting a religion law and instead
passed updated religion regulations in late 2004, though the question of
whether a law should be adopted remains live. While the current
regulations are contradictory and are implemented arbitrarily – some
unregistered places of worship face severe crackdowns while others are
untouched – Forum 18 News Service concludes that without an independent
judiciary capable of enforcing a law objectively and while existing state
laws are interpreted arbitrarily, any religion law would be unlikely to
end state interference in religious life and allow religious believers to
defend their rights.

F18News www.forum18.org

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