Unfortunately, the actions of the current Iranian regime stand in sharp contrast to the country’s history and traditions.
The persecution of Jews is often a warning sign of more widespread persecution of religious minorities, said Deputy Administrator Glick.
"Religious freedom matters to literally billions of people all around the world…It’s all of our concern. It is everyone’s concern.”
“China has declared war on faith,” said Ambassador Brownback. “And to this we say to China: Do not be mistaken, you will not win your war on faith."
Changing property and inheritance laws “may be the most critical” step in ensuring “women's full and free participation in local economies.”
The United States is committed to promoting and protecting religious freedom around the world. This is why the United States Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
“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."
Religious freedom and development are “inextricably linked,” said Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Bonnie Glick.
"Fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble and to teach the tenets of his or her own faith is not optional -- indeed it is a moral imperative.”
The United States remains deeply concerned by the gross human rights abuses and violations detailed in a recent United Nations Human Rights report on Venezuela.
Burma remains a Country of Particular Concern due to systematic ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.
The United States stands with refugees and the international community to support refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons worldwide.