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  • Method on Annual Inspection of Religious Venues
    2009-11-24    source:Gobal Times    author:

    Article 1 This regulation is formulated in conformity with theRegulation Governing Venues for Religious ActivitiesandRegistration Method of Venues for Religious Activitiesto protect the lawful interest, strengthen the management of religious venues and propel the autonomous institutionalization and standardization of religious venues.

    Article 2 This method is applicable to lawfully registered religious venues by the Religious Affairs Bureaus of the People's Government at or above the county level. 

    Article 3 The registration bureau where religious venues are registered is in charge of the annual inspection. 

    Article 4 Main items of the inspection include:

    (1) Adherence to national laws, regulations and policies;

    (2) Formulation and implementation of management regulations;

    (3) Major religious activities and foreign-related affairs;

    (4) Management of finance, revenue and expenditures;

    (5) Modification of registration;

    (6) Changes and management of religious venues' existing real estate as well as enterprises or institutions the venues belong to;

    (7) Other relevant affairs. 

    Article 5 The annual inspection of the management conditions of religious venues is proceeded in the first quarter of the year. The bureau responsible for the inspection shall inform the management organization of the religious venues about registration items, times and specific requirements in written form. 

    Article 6 The management organization of religious venues shall draw and fill in theAnnual Inspection Form of Religious Venuesfrom the bureau responsible for the inspection in accordance with regulations of the inspection notice. The management organization of religious venues shall submit the form with the subscription of the township government or sub-district office to accept the annual inspection.

    Article 7 The bureau responsible for the inspection shall inspect the management conditions of the religious venues in conformity with theRegulation Governing Venues for Religious Activities,Registration Method of Venues for Religious Activitiesand other related laws, regulations and policies, and record the result of the inspection in theAnnual Inspection Form of Religious Venues. 

    Article 8 The result of the inspection is either Qualified or Unqualified. 

    Article 9 Religious venues in line with the following requirements shall be classified as Qualified:

    (1) Adherence to national laws regulations and policies;

    (2) No irregularities and no acts of breach of discipline in religious activities and foreign-related affairs;

    (3) All the activities shall reflect the respective regulations of each religious venue;

    (4) The financial system is complete and the revenue and expenditures should be in line with relevant government regulations;

    (5) The modification of registration is transacted in time and organization settings are recorded;

    (6) Strict democratic procedures are followed;

    (7) The annual inspection is accepted within the prescribed time. 

    Article 10 Religious venues with any of the following conditions shall be classified as Unqualified:

    (1) Violations of laws, regulations or relevant policies;

    (2) Irregularities and acts of breach of discipline in religious activities and foreign-related affairs;

    (3) Violation of the respective regulations of each religious venue;

    (4) Violation of relevant financial regulations;

    (5) The modification of registration is not transacted and organization settings are not recorded;

    (6) Democratic procedures are not followed in major events;

    (7) The annual inspection is not accepted within the prescribed time without reason;

    (8) Deception in annual inspection;

    (9) Violation of other regulations.

    Article 11 The bureau responsible for the inspection shall stamp theCertificate of Annual Inspection of Religious Venueswith an Annual Inspection Seal for Qualified religious venues. 

    Article 12 The bureau responsible for the inspection shall stamp theCertificate of Annual Inspection of Religious Venueswith an Annual Inspection Seal for Unqualified religious venues. 

    Article 13 The bureau responsible for the inspection shall stamp theCertificate of Annual Inspection of Religious Venueswith an Annual Inspection Seal for religious venues qualified after reform and rectification within a prescribed time. 

    Article 14 The bureau responsible for the inspection shall ascertain responsibility for the principal of the management organization of religious venues that do not accept the annual inspection; that are still Unqualified after reform and rectification within the prescribed time; or that violated regulations and laws. The bureau shall administer a Warning, Closing Down or other punishments accordingly. 

    Article 15 The management organization of religious venues that refuses to accept the bureau's decision can apply for administrative reconsideration or an administrative lawsuit in accordance with lawful procedures of relevant regulations. 

    Article 16. The bureau responsible for the inspection shall turn the inspection results over to the Religious Bureau on a higher level for record keeping. The Provincial Religion Affairs Bureau shall collect annual inspection results of the province and turn them over to the Religious Affairs Bureau of the State Council for record keeping. 

    Article 19 The Religious Affairs Bureau of the State Council is in charge of supervising the implementation of this regulation. 

    Article 20 The interpretation of this regulation shall lie with the Religious Affairs Bureau of the State Council. This regulation takes effect from the date of promulgation.