Christian Persecution in Nigeria a Hot Topic at International Religious Freedom Summit

24/06/2022 (International Christian Concern) Nigeria – Jhe second annual International Religious Freedom Summit will take place from June 28-30 in Washington, D.C. continual attacks on Christians in Nigeria.

Guest speakers at the conference will include United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain, former NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom, an outspoken critic of persecution of Uyghur Muslims, US Senator Marco Rubio, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Paivi Rasanen, Finnish Evangelical Christian and Member of Parliament.

Nury Turkel, the new chair of the US Committee on International Religious Freedom and a Uyghur Muslim, commented on the importance of the IRF summit to The Washington Times and hopes the summit will help others see religious freedom as an issue. of national security. The international community has repeatedly made the mistake – especially policy makers and liberal democracies – of waiting for religious persecution and human rights abuses to reach the level of a humanitarian crisis before acting. I think that’s the wrong approach; it is a very costly approach.

Turkel continued:I hope to use this platform in my official capacity to call on policy makers to pay attention to some of the worst human rights abuses, religious persecution, especially in Nigeria and India, which should concern, as well as the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe, both [of which] have been ignored by European leaders.

He also expressed concern over the use of advanced technologies by more than 80 countries around the world to persecute religious groups. “I think the international community is facing a new type of religious persecution and genocide that has been quietly tested, developed and now promoted by communist China, which is the use of technology for religious persecution. Today, more than 80 countries have either adopted or are adopting Chinese surveillance technology techniques that threaten civil liberty, religious freedom, even democratic norms.

USCIRF Commissioner Frank Wolf, a former congressman, emphasized the importance of the IRF conference, saying “I think we are in a worse situation than we have been in for a long, long time. There is less activity, fewer and fewer people are interested or concerned about issues of religious freedom internationally.

ICC, which will be attending the conference, has reported extensively on Christian persecution in Nigeria, with stories documenting the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, attacks by Fulani militants and kidnappings of priests across the country. .

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