Religious Freedom in China: The History, Current Challenges, and the Proper Response to a Human Rights Crisis

December 2020 Edition

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) restricts religious practice and oppresses religious minorities on a sweeping scale. China’s religious persecution targets those of every faith. Christians, Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners are all victims of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) effort to suppress any set of beliefs that might compete with the party’s ideology. This campaign against religion has had and continues to have devastating consequences for those who simply wish to live according to their conscience. 

The PRC’s consistent abuses of human rights prove that it cannot be treated just like any other country. In the United States’ trade and diplomatic dealings with China, human rights and religious freedom must be addressed.

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