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

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Guobin Zhu

School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

Date Written: August 25, 2010

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Guobin, Prosecuting 'Evil Cults': A Critical Examination of Law Regarding Freedom of Religious Belief in Mainland China (August 25, 2010). Human Rights Quarterly, Vo. 32, No. 3, pp. 471-501, August 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1664950

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