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China unveils regulations on management of religious groups

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-12-31 09:23
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BEIJING - The National Religious Affairs Administration of China has released a set of regulations on the management of religious groups.

In six chapters and 41 articles, the regulations include content on the organization, functions, supervision and management of religious groups.

They stipulate that religious affairs departments of people's governments are the administrative bodies of religious groups, and should perform their functions such as guiding and supervising the groups' operation.

The congresses, councils and standing committees of religious groups should convene regularly to decide on issues and exercise their power, according to the regulations.

They also stipulate how the groups should designate their officials, carry out their work and manage their own affairs.

The regulations will go into effect on Feb 1, 2020.

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