Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, Antony Blinken also endorsed outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration that the Chinese government is engaged in ‘genocide’ against Muslim ethnic minorities.
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A new human rights report “gives a terrifying view of the cruelty of Xi Jinping’s brutal regime.”
USCIRF is a bipartisan federal commission that promotes religious freedom abroad and reports on religious persecution to the State Department.
“Fifty million people have been thrown into the Laogai prisons, including workers, religious and students,” Wu said, “and half of them become ashes.”
Responding to Cardinal Parolin’s recent comments that appeared to downplay the existence of Christian persecution, Dalù says persecution is actually too gentle of a term for the dire current situation in China.
The nuns were also forced to remove religious symbols, such as crosses and statues of saints from inside the convent, or face the demolition of their convent.
On October 21, the day before it was announced the deal had been renewed, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told journalists that while he was “happy” with the agreement, he also acknowledged “there are also many other problems that the agreement was not intended to solve.”
An estimated 1 million or more Uyghurs, members of a Muslim ethnoreligious minority group, have been detained in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, which were first spotted on satellite imagery in 2017.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Oct. 1 at the Vatican with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, secretary for Relations With States.
As is the Vatican custom, Pompeo will meet with his Vatican counterpart, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.