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05/09/2024 USA (International Christian Concern) – Senators James Lankford, R-Ok., and Chris Coons, D-De., introduced a resolution expressing the importance of international religious freedom amid increased global attacks on religious freedom. Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., also cosponsored the legislation. This legislation outlines instances of persecution across multiple religions, including Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians.

Alongside recognizing the ongoing atrocities, this resolution calls for expanded support for religious freedom around the world, the use of all diplomatic tools available to further the effort, including sanctions, and highlighting religious freedom as a cornerstone of the United States foreign policy.

In his remarks following the release of the resolution, Senator Lankford said, “The fundamental right of every person to have a faith, live your faith, change your faith, or have no faith at all must be recognized throughout the world … The United States must continue its international leadership to defend religious freedom, which is why we are reaffirming our commitment to fight for religious freedom around the world.”

Two leading members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom publicly expressed support for the legislation.

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