Religious freedom is an essential human right, speakers at a conference in South Korea said recently. But it’s a right that is under attack, experts said.
The Chinese Communist Party is “at war with all faiths,” according to former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, who said America and its democratic allies must “stand firmly” in promoting religious freedom as a “common human right.”
Speakers called out the full range of religious persecution by authoritarian governments, shining a light on the plight of Tibetan Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahais, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Yazidis and Falun Gong followers.
The conference, sponsored in part by The Washington Times Foundation, also drew attention to “unjustified persecution” of members of the Unification Church in Japan, where controversy has flared in the wake of the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe by someone who had a personal grievance with the church.