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Statement of Principles

Coalition to Advance Religious Freedom in China: 

Statement of Principles



宗 旨

To affirm that the universal right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is protected in China through international declaration and law as defined by Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 


To declare that freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a fundamental human right, encompassing the right to hold or not to hold any faith or belief, to change belief, and to be free from coercion to adopt a different belief, and that to be fully enjoyed other incorporated rights must also be respected, such as the freedom of expression, assembly, education, and movement. 


To declare that China should abide by its international legal obligations and respect the rights of all citizens as guaranteed by China’s constitution. 


To declare a commitment to publicly condemn any act of intolerance, discrimination, persecution, unlawful detention, or violence perpetrated in the name of religion, nationalism, party loyalty, or secularism by state or nonstate actors, and to protect the rights of religious minorities or other religious communities restricted from teaching, practicing, worshiping or observing their religious traditions in China. 


To declare that the China Coalition, based on these principles listed above, will advance religious freedom for all faith and ethnic groups. The Coalition is committed to take action to defend religious freedom for any person, from any community, where it is infringed or violated in China. 


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