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The State of Religious Freedom in China
Monday, March 4, 2013 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Much of the world’s attention has turned to the unfolding power transition in China and the near-term scenarios for economic, political, and social reform under the Communist Party. In the midst of China’s impressive economic liberalization are disparities in political and social reform, in particular rights and protections in relation to the freedom of religious expression.

What is the current state of religious expression in the People’s Republic of China? What rights and protections do citizens enjoy in their individual and collective pursuit of faith? What are the current prospects for reform in these areas and what role do they play in China’s relations with its neighbors and the United States?

Speakers:
Reverend Bob Fu – A Chinese immigrant and pastor living in Midland, Texas since 2004 who has continued to offer assistance to people of faith in China. He founded ChinaAid, an organization that provides support for underground house churches and legal and financial assistance to those persecuted for their faith.

Dr. Sen Hong Yang - Founder of Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR), is a renowned syndicated columnist and news commentator in Taiwan who is well-respected for his rational and analytical critiques on Taiwanese Politics.

Dr. Jacques deLisle - Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Dr. deLisle specializes in contemporary Chinese law and politics (including legal reform and political change) and issues related to the politics and relations of Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Location Ahern Room, Crooker Center
Address 3909 Graustark
Contact Dr. Hans Stockton
713-525-3536
stockton@stthom.edu
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