Pompeo Calls China's Treatment of Uighurs the 'Stain of the Century'

20 Juillet, 2019, 04:31 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a ministerial meeting on religious freedom at the State Department

Pence also demanded the release of detained religious dissidents in Eritrea, Mauritania and Pakistan and vowed the USA would press for religious freedom in North Korea amid efforts to denuclearize the country.

"Chinese authorities may ban the construction of Christian churches, but that hasn't prevented China from building more Christian churches than any other country in the world", Pence noted. There is no so-called religious persecution in China at all. "Is that consistent with the guarantee of 'freedom of religious belief"' that is found directly in the Chinese constitution?

Religious freedom has been one of the few human rights causes that has energised President Donald Trump's administration, which counts on support from an evangelical Christian base.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the assembly and called out China's "religious persecution", while President Trump hosted a meeting in the Oval Office with survivors of religious persecution.

The Australian Government is a committed advocate for freedom of religion or belief for all individuals worldwide.

"In China, the Chinese Communist Party demands control over the lives of the Chinese people and their souls", he said in his remarks Thursday.

Pompeo also says Beijing is responsible for what he's calling "stain of the century" of human rights abuses - with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities in western China. He warned authorities that "faith is breaking out all across China".

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Certain countries actively suppressed or tried to intimidate attendees of the Ministerial, Pompeo said.

"If you are here today and you're a country which has defied the Chinese pressure to come here - we salute you and we thank you, and if you have declined to attend for the same reason, we took note", stated Pompeo.

Both Secretary Pompeo and Vice President Pence announced funding for victims of religious persecution and actions the USA has taken to punish human rights abusers. Iranian-backed militias are harassing Christians in the Ninewa Plain as they return home from the ISIS genocide, and have posed some of the greatest security threats in the region to Christian minorities.

The three-day gathering at the State Department, which is being held for the second straight year, is bringing together dozens of countries and hundreds of activists to promote religious freedom.

Citing Tsai's remarks, Kao said: "The religious freedom we enjoy in Taiwan is an integral part of our democratic way of life and one of the most important assets we can share with the global community", which is why Pompeo not long ago highlighted Taiwan as "a reliable democratic partner and a force for good in the world".

In addition, over $340 million in US assistance has supported "vulnerable religious and ethnic communities in Iraq, particularly those that ISIS had targeted for genocide", he said.

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