Religious groups should not force orphans and abandoned children under their care to accept their religious beliefs, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its website on Tuesday.
According to a notice issued jointly by the ministry and the State Administration for Religious Affairs, religious groups should abide by basic rules and policies based on the Law on the Protection of Minors and Law of Compulsory Education, which fully protect the legal rights of disadvantaged children under the care of religious groups.
Only registered religious groups, venues for religious activities and professional religious staff are legally allowed to take orphans and abandoned babies, and those who are not must fulfill all requirements in order to qualify for state recognition, the ministry said.
While religious groups have made positive influence to society in recent years by taking care of orphans and abandoned children, several issues such as insufficient supervision, unscientific education and lack of protection of education rights, must be sorted out, according to the notice.
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