US Condemns Beijing’s Retaliatory Move to Ban Former Religious Freedom OfficialEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the Chinese regime’s retaliatory sanction on a former U.S. religious freedom official, saying that Beijing’s intimidation tactics would not deter international scrutiny. “Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those speaking out for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief, only draw additional international attention and scrutiny to its egregious abuses,” Blinken said in a statement on May 27, a day after the regime blacklisted a former U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner. Blinken, elaborating on the abuses, pointed to “the ongoing crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang, as well as its repression of religious and spiritual adherents, including Tibetan Buddhists, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioner.” The Wednesday sanction on Johnnie Moore, an evangelical pastor who has twice served on USCIRF, came after the State Department under the Biden administration punished the first Chinese official for his role …Read More

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