Prosecuting 'Evil Cults': A Critical Examination of Law Regarding Freedom of Religious Belief in Mainland China
Human Rights Quarterly, Vo. 32, No. 3, pp. 471-501, August 2010
32 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 25, 2010
Starting with Falun Gong, this article first identifies the meanings of the term “cult” in the context of religious belief and Chinese law, which are characterized by a strong instrumentalist nature. The article then explores the current system of law governing “evil cults,” and examines how the system actually simultaneously protects and restricts the freedom of religious belief. The author observes that the extent and scope of citizens’ religious beliefs have been restricted by law, and further asserts that legislation and regulations against “evil cult” activities should not be used to control and limit citizens’ normal religious life.
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