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05/29/2019 Taiwan (International Christian Concern) – From May 30 to June 1, Taiwan will host the first Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum (TIRFF), organized by several international non-governmental organizations.

China Aid, Heritage Foundation, Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT), and Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR) will be co-hosting a multi-faith gathering of religious leaders, government representatives, and NGO leaders to promote religious freedom around the world, with the theme “Rising to the Challenge.”

Religious freedom advocates from both government and non-governmental sectors and religious leaders representing 27 countries will gather in Taiwan, to create mechanisms and partnerships and collectively commit to advancing freedom of religion or belief and related human rights in the Asia Pacific.

Former United States solicitor general Kenneth Starr told Taiwan News, ahead of his opening address at the forum, that religious communities around the world should “lift up the concern of those who are oppressed,” in view of a deteriorating human rights problem.

He also called China’s oppression of Christian and Muslim communities within its borders “a fundamental violation of human rights.” He particularly denounced the creation of Uyghur Muslim re-education camps in Xinjiang, and the crackdown on underground Christian churches.

United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, as well as officials from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, are scheduled to speak at the forum.

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