Faith Leaders at the International Religious Freedom Roundtable Address China’s Religious Freedom Violations

Dr. David Curry of Open Doors USA recently participated in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. The meeting included United States Vice President Mike Pence and other interfaith religious freedom advocates. One of the goals—to hold China accountable for religious persecution in the country.

“China is perhaps the most sophisticated persecutor of Christians, right now, in the world. And by that what I mean is there’s easy technology, facial recognition, automated intelligence to track Christians, monitor churches, and so forth [for] creating a list or social score that could potentially be used very detrimentally against Christians,” Curry explains.

China was designated as a country of particular concern (CPC) in 1999 and has since remained on the list. At the meeting, Curry urged for new sanctions to help curb violations of religious freedom in the country. Curry also suggests the use of the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. to freeze assets and restrict the travel of individuals who grossly violate human rights.

“I think unless we put individual pressure on some of the people who are persecuting, I don’t think we’re going to see a change because China has, has the patience as a whole unit to continue to violate, because there have never been any sanctions against them for these violations,” Curry notes.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn