USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin, who is also the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters on a Wednesday press call that “in many cases, these [public health] measures complied with international human rights standards,” but in some places they did not.
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Although text of the arrangement was not released to the public, it has been widely reported that the Chinese Communist Party was given an ability to weigh in on episcopal appointments for the Church in China.
China has established a network of camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) where as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs, other Muslim minorities are or have been detained.
Manchin stated that the airstrikes are “particularly threatening to hundreds of traumatized Yazidi families attempting to return to Sinjar and to other civilians in northern Iraq—none of whom deserve to be placed in harm’s way by a NATO ally.”
The US State Department has designated Pakistan a “country of particular concern” since 2018 for its record on religious freedom violations.
The commission wrote that “religious freedom conditions in Turkey remained worrisome” in 2019, “with the perpetuation of restrictive and intrusive governmental policies on religious practice and a marked increase in incidents of vandalism and societal violence against religious minorities.”
USCIRF released its annual report on Tuesday, documenting progress and setbacks for religious freedom in 29 countries around the world during the previous year.
Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong members have also been imprisoned for their faith in China, and should be released, Ambassador Sam Brownback said.
Kristina Arriaga, a former USCIRF commissioner, resigned from the organization in November, citing “a move towards more bureaucratic controls.”