Religion with 'Chinese Characteristics': Persecution and Control in Xi Jinping's China, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 23, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the July 23, 2015 hearing "Religion with 'Chinese Characteristics': Persecution and Control in Xi Jinping's China" held before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the opening statement of Christopher Smith: "The freedom of religion is the most fundamental and the most elemental of all human rights. It is clearly the first freedom from which all the others flow. It allows each citizen the precious right to follow their conscience peacefully and without fear. It protects the critical part of who we are as human beings to seek, to speak, and to act out our fundamental beliefs. When this freedom is protected, the very well-being of society is enhanced. No government should deny or suppress this essential claim to conscience. The reality is, and the tragic reality is, governments and terrorist groups do restrict the freedom of religion, sometimes in the most brutal and public ways. The freedom of religion today, as it has been for a number of years, is under siege in many places in the world, including and especially in China, which is of course the subject of today's hearing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Anastasia Lin, Bob Fu, Rebiya Kadeer, and Losang Gyatso.

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