Posted: Thu Nov 18 2010, 09:42 hrs
China continues harassment of Tibetan Buddhists and such infringements on religious freedom "strain" bonds that back democratic societies, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.
"We received reports from China of government harassment of Tibetan Buddhists, house-church Christians and Uighur Muslims," Clinton said in her opening remarks during the release of the annual State Department Report on Religious Freedom.
"And several European countries have placed harsh restrictions on religious expression. These infringements on religious freedom strain the bonds that sustain democratic societies," she said.
In China one continues to see restrictions on the Uighur population in Shenzhen, on the Tibetan Buddhist community, and other restrictions on religious freedom, including on the unauthorised house churches, Christian churches, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Michael Posner, said.