Updated: May 13, 2021 01:54 First
Washington [US]May 13 (ANI): The US State Department on Wednesday (local time) sanctioned a Communist Party of China (CCP) official over human rights violations, including the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners.
In a statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “To this end, today I am announcing the appointment of Yu Hui, former office director of the so-called “Central Leading Group on Preventing and Dealing with Heretical Religions” in Chengdu, Sichuan. In accordance with section 7031(c) of the Province, State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Program Appropriations Act, 2021.”
He said, “He has been designated for engaging in gross violations of human rights, namely the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners for their spiritual beliefs. Yu Hui and members of his immediate family are allowed to enter the United States.” ineligible,” he said.
Blinken said the US would continue to consider all appropriate means to promote accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in China and elsewhere.
On the same day, the US released its 2020 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report, which provides a detailed and factual description of the state of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories and reports on violations and abuses committed by governments, non-states. Actor and person.
“As this year’s IRF report indicates, that right is still out of reach for many people around the world. In fact, 56 countries, which comprise a significant majority of the world’s people, according to the Pew Research Center , there are high or severe restrictions on religious freedom,” Blinken said during a briefing at the State Department, referring to Myanmar, Iran and China as the major violators.
“We will continue to work closely with human rights advocates and civil society organizations, including religious communities, to combat all forms of religiously motivated hatred and discrimination around the world,” he added.
The report covers government policies that violate religious beliefs and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world. (ANI)