‘China treats all religions equally’ | 2018-11-09 | daily-sun.com

‘China treats all religions equally’

Staff Correspondent     9 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The Chinese government treats none differently because of difference in belief as respecting and protecting freedom of religious belief is a basic policy of the country.

The State Council Information Office of China stated this in a white paper on China’s Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief, said the Chinese mission in Dhaka on Thursday.

The white paper said every citizen enjoys the freedom to choose whether to believe in a religion; to believe in a certain religion or a denomination of the same religion; to change from a non-believer to a believer and vice versa.

Believers and non-believers enjoy the same political, economic, social and cultural rights, and must not be treated differently because of a difference in belief.

The state respects citizens’ freedom to religious belief and protects their normal religious activities.

In exercising their right to free religious belief, believers should not interfere in the lawful rights of other people, or force others to believe in any religion.

Believers should not discriminate against non-believers or believers of other religions and no one shall use religion to interfere in the lawful rights and interests of citizens.

Believers should respect public order, customs, cultural traditions and social ethics in exercising their freedom of religious belief.

The state treats all religions fairly and equally, and does not exercise administrative power to encourage or ban any religion.  No religion is given preferential treatment above other religions to enjoy special legal privileges.

The state manages religious affairs involving national and social public interests in accordance with the law but does not interfere in the internal affairs of religions.

China supports all religions in upholding the principle of independence and self-management, allowing religious groups, clerical personnel and believers to manage religious affairs themselves in accordance with the constitution and law.

Freedom of religious belief is protected by the constitution. According to Article 36 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China,

Islamic classics, such as the Quran, have been translated and published in Chinese, Uygur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz languages. The publication and circulation of the New Collection of Al-Wa’z Speeches series and other reading materials and magazines have exceeded 1.76 million copies.

The China Islamic Association organised the China Islamic Culture Expo & Art Show in Turkey and Malaysia in 2012 and 2014 respectively, the white paper said.