Sending Office: Honorable Jody B. Hice
Protect Religious Minorities in China
It is with deep concern that I write to you regarding the increased persecution of religious minorities in the People’s Republic of China.
As you are aware, international law recognizes the right to religious liberty, the right to worship, and the right to practice without fear of discrimination. Moreover, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted by the member states
of the United Nations General Assembly and Article 36 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China both recognize the right to religious belief and practice.
Despite their government’s public commitment to these doctrines, religious minorities in the People’s Republic of China have come under an ever-increasing threat. The internationally recognized NGO Freedom House has labeled the persecution of religious minorities
in China as “high” on its spectrum of religious persecution, and China Aid has reported a 709 percent increase in persecution cases since 2008. In 2015, the Chinese government arrested over 300 human rights lawyers, and more recently some 40 parishioners of
the Shuangmiao Christian Church in China’s Henan Province were forcibly removed from their church and dragged into the street while nearly 300 police officers and public officials razed the church building to the ground. Additionally, the International Religious
Freedom Act of 1998 watch list for religious persecution designates China as a “country of particular concern” due to “particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
I believe the United States must not remain silent when nations violate the right to religious liberty. For this reason, I will be introducing a resolution that will:
- Condemning violence against religious minorities and religious practice,
- Reaffirm the commitment of the United States to promote religious freedom and tolerance around the world,
- Calling on the People’s Republic of China to uphold the Chinese Constitution; and,
- Urge the President to take appropriate actions to promote religious freedom through the powers vested in him through the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-292) and the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (Public Law
If you have questions about this resolution, or would like to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact Nicholas Brown in my office at
Nicholas.Brown@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4101 or you may
click here to cosponsor.
Member of Congress
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