Restrictions on religion
National/World News : Friday, January 31, 1997
Following are examples from the State Department's annual
by Associated Press and Knight-Ridder Newspapers
China: The state-sponsored church is the Chinese Patriotic Association,
which the communist government considers a Catholic church. China,
however, has no ties with the Vatican and forbids all allegiance to the
papacy. China officially recognizes some religions, but they must report
to a government agency that promotes atheism.
Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Cuba: Christians are subject to difficulties
ranging from interference to outright persecution.
Iran: The government continues to repress members of the Baha'i faith.
Vietnam: Buddhists and Christians suffer from government restrictions.
Saudi Arabia: Non-Muslims are prohibited from public worship.
Middle East: Anti-Semitic materials regularly appear in
Germany: Major parties exclude Scientologists from membership, and the
Bavarian state government says it will not fund arts-related activities
in which Scientologists would appear.
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