Date:                         December 29, 2022



Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report:

State-Controlled Religion and Religious Freedom Violations in China – This report provides an overview of China’s state-controlled religious organizations and their role and function within the country’s institutional control of religion, demonstrating their complicity in the government’s systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. Central to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) institutional control of religion are the seven state-controlled national religious organizations and their local subsidiaries, often known as “patriotic religious associations,” which are responsible for managing religious affairs of the five officially recognized religions—Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. These religious organizations are legally required to be politically loyal to the CCP and to work with the CCP and its government in promulgating, implementing, and enforcing state laws, regulations, and policies. That complicity extends to the CCP’s deeply coercive sinicization of religion policies that have led to severe religious freedom violations against the majority-Muslim Uyghurs and other Turkic groups, Protestant house church Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists.
In its 2022 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S. government redesignate China as a “Country of Particular Concern,” or CPC. In December 2022, USCIRF held a hearing on the Chinese government’s domestic and transnational repression of religion, as well as its malign influence abroad through lobbying in the United States.


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze, and report on religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a commissioner, please contact USCIRF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.