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ICC Note: The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom came out yesterday, slamming dozens of countries for religious repression. The annual report, mandated by Congress, examines the state of religious freedom in almost 200 countries and territories. It keeps a record of reported violations and abuses by governments, but also by terrorist groups and militias. In Southeast Asia, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam were highlighted as freedom of worship is still harshly restricted in these countries.

08/15/2017 United States (Radio Free Asia) – Freedom of worship was harshly restricted again in China and Myanmar last year, with religious believers in China jailed and Muslims and Christians in Buddhist-majority Myanmar harassed by government and citizens’ groups, the U.S. State Department said in an annual report released on Tuesday.

In Vietnam, meanwhile, government authorities continued to harass religious groups, though the severity of their treatment “varied from region to region and among the central, provincial, and local levels,” according to the report.

In China, the State Department’s 2016 International Religious Freedom Report said, state authorities “physically abused, detained, arrested, tortured, sentenced to prison, or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups.”

Authorities in the country’s coastal Zhejiang province continued a campaign begun in 2014 to tear down Christian structures, including 600 crosses destroyed by the end of the year, while several church leaders resisting the demolition were detained and prosecuted.

“Throughout the country, there continued to be reports of deaths, in detention and otherwise,” of religious adherents, the report said, with the banned spiritual group Falun Gong reporting that dozens of its members had been killed.

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