The U.S. government has repeatedly called upon the People’s Republic of China to stop punishing its citizens for peacefully observing their faith, and to respect the rights of its citizens to practice their religion freely.
Two years ago, USAID began funding a five-year, $15 million Central Asia Media Program implemented by Internews in hopes of developing a more balanced information environment in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The United States, the European Union and international human rights monitors called on China earlier in April to allow Mr. Wang’s freedom of movement after his release and expressed concern over reports that he had been mistreated in prison.
Hong Kong police recently arrested 15 pro-democracy advocates on charges for unlawful assembly. The United States, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “condemns the arrest of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.”
A new law further restricting religious expression in China went into effect on February 1.
USAID and Israel’s development agency MASHAV signed a Memorandum of Acknowledgement to promote economic prosperity in Georgia.
Vietnam’s 2018 Law on Belief and Religion, said Dominic Nardi, a policy analyst at USCIRF, “requires all religious groups in Vietnam to register with the government and to report on any of their religious activities."
“USAID is committed as a development agency not only to partner with Vietnam today, but also to ensure that the Vietnamese people have the tools necessary to address ongoing and future challenges in a sustainable way.”
The U.S. Agency for International Development is working with international partners to support and rebuild religious minority communities in Northern Iraq and elsewhere around the globe.
The United States recently announced more than 127 million dollars in additional aid for the Rakhine State Crisis in Burma and Bangladesh of which more than 89 million dollars is for programs inside Bangladesh.
“The Chinese government has detained more than one million individuals in internment camps in Xinjiang since April 2017.”
“The bottom line is that China is sending a message to its people that they will not tolerate Chinese citizens having loyalty to anything above the Chinese Communist Party."