An Indian American, nominated by the Biden administration for place of the worldwide spiritual freedom envoy, on Tuesday pledged to carry China accountable over the repression of ethnic and non secular minorities and in addition work with Muslim-majority international locations to guard the rights of spiritual minorities there.
Rashad Hussain, Ambassador-at-Large nominee for International Religious Freedom made the remarks whereas talking to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee throughout his affirmation listening to.
“I will leverage my existing relationships within Muslim-majority countries to protect the rights of religious minorities there. I will redouble efforts to broaden the coalition to hold China accountable for its horrific crimes against the Uyghurs and its repression of other ethnic and religious minorities,” he mentioned.
If confirmed, Hussain can be the primary ever Indian American and a Muslim to carry this place. His household got here to the United States from India the place his father was raised in a village with no electrical energy, Hussain mentioned.
He mentioned that far too many individuals all over the world proceed to face arrest, torture, discrimination and even loss of life on account of their beliefs. Anti-semitism, Christian persecution, anti-Muslim hatred and different types of intolerance are on the rise, Hussain mentioned.
“A staggering eighty per cent of people worldwide live in environments with high or severe restrictions on religious freedom,” he mentioned.
Hussain mentioned these aren’t simply statistics and unhealthy legal guidelines, however people taken from their households and he highlighted the plight of the patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church unable to go away his residence to are inclined to his flock, the Saudi authorities whipping and jailing blogger Raif Badawi for encouraging debate on-line and the Nigerian authorities letting atheist Mubarak Bala sit in jail with out cost for months.
He additionally gave the instance of the Panchen Lama being disappeared by the Chinese and stolen from the worldwide Tibetan Buddhist neighborhood and the tales of Christians in Vietnam, the Ahmaddiya in Pakistan and the Baha’i in Yemen, he mentioned.
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