Sunday, February 23, 2020

New Chinese Regulations For Religious Groups Took Effect This Month

A Fact Sheet issued last week by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom summarizes China's 2019 Administrative Measures for Religious Groups which became effective on February 1, 2020. Bitter Winter magazine provides a full translation of the Measures. Among the provisions are the following:
Religious organizations must support the leadership of the Communist Party of China, abide by the Constitution, laws, regulations, rules and policies, adhere to the principles of self-support and self-governance, adhere to the direction of Sinicization of religions in China, embody the core values ​​of socialism, and maintain national unity, ethnic unity, religious harmony and social stability.
... Religious organizations shall accept professional guidance and supervision by the religious affairs department of the people’s government.