Religious freedom ‘at 40-year-low in China’

By Madeleine Davies | Church Times

Warnings that religious freedom in China is at a 40-year low, and that the country is home to one of the largest populations of religious prisoners in the world, were the backdrop to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit last week.

In its annual report, released on Monday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that the international community was “increasingly responsible for allowing the Chinese government . . . to get away with systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom without consequence or accountability”.

It noted the detention of up to two million Uighur Muslims in “concentration camps” (News, 14 December 2018).

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