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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

China Replies to US Religious Freedoms Report


Religion in ChinaIn response to the recently released United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report in which China was heavily criticised for it's treatment of the Muslim Uygurs, Tibetans, Christian religious organisations and the spiritual group Falun Dong a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has labeled the findings "groundless".

The annual report on the state of religious freedom world wide once again identified China as a "country of particular concern" (CPC)the highest category for countries where religious freedom is in serious doubt.

The report stated that the commission was

"especially concerned" with freedom of religion in China and that the Chinese government continues to engage in "particularly severe violations of religious freedom."-U.S. Report

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao has responded on behalf of China by claiming that the report's findings were based on "heresay" and constituted nothing more than a "potshot" at the religious policies of China which are constitutionally guaranteed and in his words "sufficient".

He went on to recommend that the US stop interfering in China's internal affairs and essentially advised the United States to look to it's own garden first.

Not an unexpected response but fairly tame in tone nonetheless.


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