BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhuanet) --
Representing over 100 million religious followers nationwide, more than 50
Chinese religious leaders convened here Friday to slam the annual religious
freedom report by the United States Commission on International Religious
names China as a country whose human rights has "deteriorated".
The report, claiming the commission "remains
especially concerned about the human rights situation in China", said that a
total of 11 countries, including China, have engaged in or tolerated systematic,
ongoing and egregious abuses of freedom of religion.
Zhang Jiyu, vice president of the China Taoism
Association, said that the United States, in the name of religion, has been
wielding evil assaults at China's religious policies and freedom situation
simply by paying attention to hearsay materials and evidences.
"The U.S., in the pretext of human rights, is grossly
meddling in China's internal affairs on issues such as Hong Kong and Falun Gong
cult issues," Zhang said
"The commission's annual report is full of lies and accusations
that are made out of thin air. It is a textbook example of the
cheating nature of the US's human rights," said Chen Guangyuan, president of
China's Islamic Association.
"The American troops' abuse of Iraqi war prisoners violated
not only international human rights conventions but Islamic religious
tenets. A Muslim, especially a female one, should never expose their bodies
before others, but US soldiers willfully abuse them by adopting practices that
go against their religions," Said Chen.
"Does the U.S. have any qualification or power to
speak of other countries' affairs? They should merely mind and improve their own
human rights situation instead," he said.
Jia Muyang, vice president of the China Buddhist
Association and head of the famous Labreng Lamasery, said things have been going
well with his lamasery, which boasts approximately 1,000 lamas.
"Visitors to my lamasery, some from America, all
expressed their satisfaction with what they had witnessed there. But the report
just turns a blind eye to all the actual situation and fabricates things from
nothing only to meet their own purposes," he said, warning the U.S. stop all its
human rights attacks and return to the right track.
"We are fully enjoying religious freedom and had never
suffered repression or crackdown as the report claimed," said Liu Deshen,
anoted Catholic leader from Chongqing, southwest China.
In 2003, Chongqing metropolis witnessed more than
3,000 new Catholic church members and 28 new priests took posts. "It's too big a
lie to say that China is exercising a religious crackdown," said Liu.
"Christian followers have risen by 20 to 30 fold in the
past 25 years since 1978. We have more 50,000 religious sites with
50-plus provincial level training centers throughout the country, and morethan 30
million Bibles have been printed," said Su Deci, vice president of the China
He acknowledged that "our registration of membership is
for the purpose of being treated as legal persons and enjoying more legal
"My personal feeling is that we are living in China's best
ever period of religious freedom." Su said. Enditem