Defending Religious Freedom is a Priority
Secretary of State issues statement on International Religious Freedom Day
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues statement on International Religious Freedom Day.
“Today marks twenty-two years since the United States passed the International Religious Freedom Act 1998, reaffirming our commitment to promoting and protecting the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people around the world,” the Secretary of State recalled. “In accordance with the vision of America’s founders, our government understood that a person, regardless of religion or belief, should have the right to build his life in accordance with his convictions. Religious freedom and other topics of human dignity will always be a top US foreign policy priority. And the world sees it “.
“However, the three main violators of religious freedom in the world – the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Iran and North Korea – are tightening violent measures designed to silence their people,” said Pompeo.
“Moreover,” he noted, “the PRC seeks to eradicate all forms of faith and belief that do not correspond to the doctrine of the Chinese Communist Party.”.
“Since the creation of the International Alliance for Freedom of Religion and Belief (IRFBA) in February 2020, 31 countries have pledged to support this network of like-minded people dedicated to solving problems around the world. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, several countries have released people illegally imprisoned because of their beliefs, allowing them to be reunited with their families, and we urge other countries to follow suit, ”said the foreign minister..
“The global movement for religious freedom has become a reality,” he stressed, “and is characterized by regional, cultural and political diversity, which serves as a confirmation of the universal unconditional truth: everyone has the right to believe or not, change their beliefs, express their opinion, hold meetings and preach. On this International Religious Freedom Day, the United States is proud to promote and defend religious freedom. “.
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