WASHINGTON (BP)--The Chinese government's refusal to allow Christians to participate in the Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization was a "gross violation of the rights guaranteed to them by their country's constitution as well as the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights," Southern Baptist religious freedom specialist Richard Land said.
"This brazen act by the Chinese government reinforces the world's negative opinion about that government's treatment of its people," said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a member of the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom. "If China wants to be respected as a great power, it needs to respect the human rights of its people."
Christian house church groups in China were invited to attend the global gathering, Oct. 17-24 in Cape Town, South Africa, encompassing 4,200 delegates from 198 countries. The Chinese groups had made plans to send about 200 delegates. Read More