Sep 02, 2015

Tibet: US Asks China to End Restrictions on Religious Freedoms

In an eight-day visit to China, starting from 20 August 2015, US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein has urged Chinese authorities to allow religious minority groups like Tibetan Buddhists and Uyghur Muslims freedom of worship and respect for their religion. Both these groups currently face considerable persecution at the hands of the Chinese government.


The full article, published by The Economic Times, is below:

WASHINGTON: The US has asked China to reassess its policies which impose restrictions on religious freedom in Tibet, days after a top American diplomat concluded his visit to the Communist nation and discussed issues of human rights' violations and religious freedom with the Chinese officials.

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein was on a 8-day visit, starting from August 20 to China.

Saperstein raised a number of ongoing concerns of the US regarding the Chinese government’s human rights violations pertaining to religious freedom during his visits to Beijin, Shjiazhuang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong, a statement said.

He called for an end to the ongoing campaign of church demolitions in Zhejiang province and harassment of members from unregistered religious groups.

“He urged Chinese authorities to reassess counterproductive policies, including restrictions on the religious practice of Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims,” a statement said, adding that Saperstein also conveyed the US government’s deep concern over the recent detentions of many human rights defenders and religious leaders.

In meetings with government officials, Saperstein noted positive developments, including the growth of religious communities in China.

He also recognized the significant increase in the contributions of faith-based organizations to Chinese society, especially in the provision of social services, the statement said.