The Vice President expressed concern over growing religious intolerance in many countries around the world, including countries in Europe.
Many believers of different faiths have suffered grievously at the hands of ISIS, including Muslims, Christians, Druze, and others, said Vice President Mike Pence at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said, “Iran has been one of the worst countries in the world on religious persecution.
In China, noted Vice President Pence, “religious persecution is growing in both scope and scale."
August third marks the anniversary of the assault by ISIS terrorists on the Yezidi community in northern Iraq, during which they sought to destroy this people and their culture.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a message for the people of Iran: “The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you.”
On July 24-26, the United States hosted the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
The United States has imposed sanctions on three Nicaraguan individuals with connections to the government who are involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption.
Once again, Iran is ranked with some of the worst places in the world in terms of the fight against human trafficking – the buying and selling of men, women and children in the labor and commercial sex markets.
In the 2018 Trafficking in Persons, or TIP, Report, Burma was downgraded to Tier 3 for the second time in three years.
The theme of this year’s TIP Report is “Local Solutions to a Global Problem: Supporting Communities in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.”
The U.S. recognizes the desperate needs of the persecuted religious and ethnic communities of the Middle East and is sending immediate help.