The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that China was home to one of the worst human rights crisis of the existing time, mocks at Beijing for violations against religious and ethnic minorities

On Thursday, in his keynote address at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Mr. Pompeo said that an unexpected 83 percent of the world’s population lives in the country where religious freedom was entirely denied or threatened. 

He targeted China as he listed out many nations for violation of religious freedom. 

Since April 2017, Mike Pompe said that Beijing had detained over a million Chinese Muslims and other minorities in camps. 

He continued, “China is home to one of the worst human rights crisis of our time. It is truly the stain of the century,” adding that “in China, the Chinese Communist Party demands control over the lives of the Chinese people and their souls.”

“Is that consistent with the guarantee of ‘freedom of religious belief’ that is found directly in the Chinese constitution?” asked Mr. Pompeo.

He also cited a number of examples of human rights violations in Beijing. 

The US Secretary of State also said, “In September last year, Chen Huixia, a member of the Falun Gong, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison simply for practicing his faith.”

“In May of 2018, authorities arrested Wang Yi, the pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church, a large unregistered church in Chengdu, for openly criticizing the government’s controls on religious freedom. He’s still in jail today,” added Mr. Pompeo.

He also gave an account of Jewher Ilham, who is a courageous woman has fought for the release of her father. 

Mike Pompeo said, “He was given an unprecedented life sentence for his writings dedicated to bridging the gap between the Uyghur people and the Han Chinese, a noble undertaking.”

Mr. Pompeo alleged that the Chinese Government had even discouraged other nations from participating in the event.

A senior official greeted those nations that had “defied” the reported Chinese force to come to the event. Mr. Pompeo continued that those nations that were not present at the event would revise their decision next time and find “courage to stand up for freedom”.

He further underlined that the governments alone cannot manage the issue of violation of religious freedom, claims nations needed to be supported by civil society groups. 

“Let’s harness the passion of these people of all faiths to defend it,” said the US Secretary of State. 

“Look at how the fight against human trafficking has become a major humanitarian priority. Grassroots efforts made that happen. And I’m confident that we are replicating them,” added Mr. Pompeo. 

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