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US State Department releases International Religious Freedom Report 2020

US State Department releases International Religious Freedom Report 2020

‘China criminalizes religious expression’: US State Department releases International Religious Freedom Report 2020

14 May 2021

Washington DC: The US Office of International Religious Freedom released its annual “International Religious Freedom Report” this week, which covers the period between 1 January and 31 December 31 of the previous calendar year.

In a press release, Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked that “China broadly criminalizes religious expression and continues to commit crimes against humanity and genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.” Secretary Blinken went on to state that the US Department of State designated Yi Hui, the former office director of the so-called Central Leading Group Preventing and Dealing with Heretical Religions, for his involvement of the human rights violation of Falun Gong practitioners — Yu Hui and his family are barred from entering the United States.

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