08/10/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – With President Biden’s nomination of Rashad Hussain to serve as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the administration is showing support for the global expansion of religious freedom at a time when much of the world is experiencing declining religious freedom with religious minorities around the world facing significant and growing challenges in their daily life. Religious minorities in Pakistan, India, China, Nigeria, Myanmar, and countries around the Middle East face significant and growing challenges on account of their religious identities.
The United States recognizes this as a growing issue and is the leading voice in advocating for the rights of religious minorities around the world, including in countries that claim to safeguard these freedoms while allowing persecution to continue in practice. For example, legal frameworks in Pakistan and India directly oppress and encourage the discrimination of Christians in civil society and in government. Blasphemy and anti-conversion laws in these countries favor the majority religion and allow them to dominate civil discourse.
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has championed the country’s blasphemy law and even called for western European countries to adopt similar laws.
“Rashad Hussain, if confirmed, has a large task ahead of him in advocating for U.S. values in religious freedom,” said Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern. “He will, though, have a robust civil society movement to help him succeed in this task. Now is the time to keep pressing away at these core issues and ensure religious freedom for everyone all over the world.”
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