Annual US report cites high religious freedom in Taiwan


Sun, Sep 16, 2007 - Page 4

An annual report released by the US State Department on Friday said Taiwanese government authorities generally respected freedom of worship as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of China.

The International Religious Freedom Report 2007 said that over the past year there were no reports of abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice in Taiwan, while prominent leaders also took positive steps to promote religious tolerance.

"There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the authorities during the period covered by this report, and the authorities' policies continued to contribute to the generally free practice of religion," the report said.

On China's record, the report said Beijing's respect for freedom of religion remained poor.

For example, authorities in some areas of Xinjiang reportedly prevented minors from receiving religious education outside the home, while there were many reports of repression of unregistered Protestant church networks.