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Freedom of Religion or Belief March 16, 2018

Freedom of Religion or Belief

Respect for and protection of freedom of religion or belief have been part of China’s basic policy. The CPC first advocated freedom of religion or belief in 1923, two years after its founding, and this position has remained unchanged ever since, other than during the excesses of leftist radicalism. In accordance with Chinese laws and policies on religion, citizens of the People’s Republic of China have the freedom to believe or not to believe in any particular religion, or to affiliate with any particular denomination of a religion; non-believers may choose to become believers and believers may cease to be believers at any time. No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or reject, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion. Freedom of religion or belief is to be enjoyed under the premise that religion is practiced within the scope of the rights and obligations prescribed by the Constitution and laws, and that religious activities do not disrupt social stability, people’s work or their daily life.