President Trump issued a proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2020 on Jan. 15, reaffirming the commitment to protecting the precious and fundamental right of religious freedom, both at home and abroad.
Religious Freedom Day has been officially set on Jan. 16, by the president of the United States since 1993.
In the statement, the president assured his determination to foster religious liberty for Americans.
He also asserted the administration’s awareness of the plight of human rights and religious victims under repressive governments around the globe and that protecting those vulnerable groups worldwide would be a core pillar of U.S. foreign policies.
This is the further effort of the administration in general and President Trump in particular, to address religious persecution and abuses abroad.
In July 2019, President Donald Trump met with 27 victims of religious persecution from 16 countries at the White House. It was part of a three-day conference from July 16 to July 18, hosted by the State Department. The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom is the largest religious freedom event in the world.
These survivors included Christians, Jews, and Muslims, other beliefs’ followers such as Falun Gong practitioners, who all shared similar persecution stories.
Among those, China stands out with the worst human rights and religious freedom violations records. The atheist regime has long been repressing the faith of Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and practitioners of Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has also faced immense condemnation on its practice of state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups, as exposed in the 2016 report “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update” by David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann, all three Nobel Peace Prize nominees.