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The US is speaking out on religious persecution, and the world is taking notice

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Government representatives, advocates, and religious leaders of all faiths from around the globe descended on Washington, D.C., to attend this week’s State Department’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Last year, the event encouraged international leaders to reaffirm their commitment to promote the fundamental human right of religious liberty.


Ahead of this year’s Ministerial, the State Department released the 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom at the end of June, which documents the freedom of people in countries around the world to choose and practice their faith. Although the report notes areas of progress, 2018 overall . was not a great year for religious freedom around the world. 

Topping the list of noteworthy religious freedom violators is China, whose restrictions on religious practice are only getting worse. In the month of August 2018 alone, Chinese authorities reportedly demolished or closed over 100 churches in the province of Henan alone. Reports also indicate that Chinese government officials and private companies routinely compel Christians to sign documents renouncing their faith.:snip:



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