Regulations on Religious Affairs

November 30, 2004

The "Regulations on Religious Affairs" was adopted at the 57th Executive Meeting of the State Council on July 7, 2004, and became effective on March 1, 2005. The document is the main legal source in delineating what can and cannot be done in China with regards to expressing and practicing faith, including information on the registration and legal status of religious bodies, religious properties, official sites for religious activities, etc. It is formulated in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws in China to ensure the freedom of religious belief and practice of its citizens, to maintain harmony among different religions, and to regulate the administration of religious affairs.

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