Tuesday, June 12, 2012

China Publishes Plan To Uphold Religious Freedom and Aid Religious Groups

Xinhua reports today that China's State Council Information Office has published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2012-2015).  The Plan, which  deals with a broad range of human rights, proclaims as to freedom of religious belief:
China upholds the principle of freedom of religious belief stipulated in the Constitution and strictly implements the Regulations on Religious Affairs to guarantee citizens' freedom of religious belief.
-- Protecting citizens from being forced to believe in or not to believe in any religion, and from discrimination due to religious belief.
-- Protecting normal religious activities according to law.
The Plan also promises financial support for a number of Buddhist and Islamic religious projects, im;oementing social security for religious staffs and improving the organization and management of services to Hajj pilgrims.  The Plan also calls for promotion of cultural exchanges between Chinese and foreign religious organizations.