|Chinese officials often persecute
Christians, such as the woman being
beat above. (Photo: ChinaAid)
(Washington, D.C.—April 26, 2017) A newly-released report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) identifies China’s deteriorating religious freedom abuses as a contributor to rapidly worsening religious freedom conditions, listing it among notorious abusers such as North Korea, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Today, USCIRF published its 2017 Annual Report, which yearly pinpoints countries whose religious freedom policies are cause for concern. The report opens by stating, “The state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations. The blatant assaults have become so frightening—attempted genocide, the slaughter of innocents, and wholesale destruction of places of worship—that less egregious abuses go unnoticed or at least unappreciated.”
In order to spotlight the most flagrant participants in these violations, USCIRF named China, North Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Syria, Eritrea, Tajikistan, Myanmar, the Central Africa Republic, Russia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Sudan “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) and recommended that the U.S. government utilize various methods, including diplomatic pressure, to secure improved conditions for the citizens of these nations. This includes the release of those imprisoned for defending what they believe and advocacy for the humane treatment of prisoners.
In the section of the report devoted to China, USCIRF emphasized the Communist Party’s abuse of North Korean refugees, Protestants, Catholics, Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners, all of which have been subjected to imprisonment, torture, and, in some cases, even death.
ChinaAid joins USCIRF in raising its voice against religious freedom abuses by exposing those happening in China and urging the U.S. government to take immediate, effective action to procure worldwide freedom of belief.