Purdue Center on Religion and Chinese Society Conference Attendees Reach Consensus, Calling for Protection of Religious Freedom in China
Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association, 432-689-6985, 267-205-5210 cell, [email protected]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. May 13, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 50 leading Chinese rights activists met for a conference, titled "Religious Freedom and Chinese Society: A Symposium of Case Analysis," held by Purdue University's Center on Religion and Chinese Society from May 5-7 and reached a consensus, which proposes principles to be followed by the Chinese government to remedy the lack of protection of religious freedom.
"This is a historic consensus for religious freedom in China among leading rights lawyers, house church leaders, and academic scholars on religion in China. It matches both the spirit of the international norms and the Chinese Constitution on religious freedom," said Rev. Bob Fu, president and founder of China Aid, who was a speaker at the conference and a signatory of the consensus.
"In light of the recent escalation of severe, barbaric crackdowns against Chinese citizens' religious freedom in China, we call upon the top Chinese leaders to adhere to the standards listed in this document, which is the only way to reach harmony between church and state in the Chinese society today," Fu said.
The recent escalation of persecution Fu referred to was a demolition campaign, which is on going in China's coastal Zhejiang province and seems to focus on religious organizations.
The full consensus reached and signed by conference attendees can be read here.