Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Federal Commission Issues Report on Human Rights In China

Last week, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (created by law in 2000 to monitor China's international human rights compliance) released it 346-page 2016 Annual Report (full text). The letter transmitting the Report to President Obama includes a summary of findings on religious liberty:
The report notes the Chinese government’s efforts to expand political influence over the activities and growth of religious communities through both a national-level “sinicization” campaign and the convening of the first National Conference on Religious Work in 15 years. The report also notes the detention of Catholic clergy and Falun Gong practitioners, the ongoing demolition campaign targeting church buildings in Zhejiang province, and continued efforts to control the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism and restrict the religious practices of Uyghur Muslims. The report recommends expanded U.S. leadership on international religious freedom, through coordinated multilateral efforts and bilateral interactions that stress the strategic and economic value of promoting this fundamental freedom. The report also recommends that the Administration use existing law to restrict entry visa access for individuals complicit in severe religious freedom violations.
Crux has more on the Annual Report released on Oct. 6.