Religious Legislation in Contemporary China: Retrospect and Prospect---Dr. Ruihua Zhong

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 2212 HSSB

Dr. Ruihua Zhong  钟瑞华, Institute of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

China’s current system of regulating religious activities and organizations continues the 1980’s state policy and controls on religion.  However, in the context of rapidly changing circumstances at home and abroad, this system is confronted with various challenges.  This talk will review the history of Chinese state regulations on religion since 1949, and discuss how much freedom of religious belief the Chinese people in fact enjoy under the current system.  It will also cover recent debates on the proposed Special Law on religion, whether it should promote the freedom of religious belief, or continue to enforce strict controls on religion.  Is the freedom of religious belief at a crossroads in China right now?

Dr. Ruihua Zhong is currently a visiting scholar in the Religious Studies Dept at UCSB.