Cross-bearers wait to take part in a Christmas Eve mass at the Southern Cathedral, an officially-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, China.

China protests UN report detailing systemic religious persecution

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Chinese officials are defending their human rights record and lashing out at a U.S. commission that accused the country’s communist government of continuing to commit “severe religious freedom violations.”

The latest annual report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called for China to be re-designated a “country of particular concern.”

“During the past year, as in recent years, the central and/or provincial governments continued to forcibly remove crosses and bulldoze churches; implement a discriminatory and at times violent crackdown on Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists and their rights; and harass, imprison, or otherwise detain Falun Gong practitioners, human rights defenders, and others,” USCIRF said of China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei disputed the U.S. assessment on May 5.

“The Chinese government fully respects and safeguards Chinese citizens’ freedom of religious belief,” he said during a news conference. “Chinese citizens are entitled to the right of religious freedom under the law.”

This article continues at [World Mag] China denies accusations of religious freedom violations

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