10/27/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations heard strong statements from Rashad Hussain yesterday as members of the committee learned more about his convictions and priorities for this critical space in the global affairs during his confirmation hearing for the position of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Mr. Hussain said he will take intentional steps to work with Muslim-majority countries to champion the religious freedom rights of minorities.
Mr. Hussain also expressed his intent to address China’s religious freedom abuses, calling China “one of the worst abusers of religious freedom in the world.” He recounted his visit to the Xinjiang province of China and witnessed firsthand the grave abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against China’s religious minorities. The CCP has long denied abuses and called massive concentration camps in the region ‘reeducation centers’ while rampant reports of rape, murder, violence, and abuse of the prisoners is reported globally. The Chinese government is committing genocide as was highlighted by the previous Trump Administration.
Mr. Hussain sighted overall downward trends of religious freedom around the world in discussing his commitment to the ambassadorship. “A staggering eighty percent of people worldwide live in environments with high or severe restrictions on religious freedom. He said that far too many people around the world continue to face arrest, torture, discrimination and even death on account of their beliefs. Anti-Semitism, Christian persecution, anti-Muslim hatred and others forms of intolerance are on the rise.”
If confirmed, Mr. Hussain would be the first Indian American Muslim to hold the position since its inception in 1998. He has an extensive history in public service in the Obama Administration in various capacities.
“Here at ICC, we are excited to see the nomination of Rashad Hussain and hope to see his swift confirmation to this critical post,” said Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy at ICC. “Mr. Hussain has made it clear that he will champion this core value for all religious minorities around the world, and advocate for them in Muslim majority countries where so many Christians live under the constant threat of extremist. The United States must lead on this issue because if they don’t, the rest of the world will not.”
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