Inaugural International Religious Freedom Summit Successful in the Fight to Bring Religious Freedom to the Forefront
07/22/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) joined 70 organizations as a partner in the inaugural International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit, a grassroots gathering of civil society, religious groups, and government officials from around the world. The Summit was created to increase public awareness and political strength for the IRF movement. Held in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the event was co-chaired by former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights, and drew participants from more than 30 countries. The Summit was the first major event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in D.C.
As part of the Summit, ICC hosted a session on the rising tide of persecution in India, led by ICC president Jeff King. “The Summit was an incredible, first-ever event that brought together so many faith communities and leaders,” said King. “From the inspiring personal testimonies to the state of religious freedom around the world, the Summit was a powerfully unifying time for participants.”
Summit highlights included remarks from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among other political leaders. Faith leaders included Dr. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and the Dalai Lama. Additionally, current Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced at the Summit that an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom would be appointed in the coming weeks.
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