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World Day against Trafficking in Persons: World’s Worst Violators of Religious Freedom and Human Trafficking

This Thursday, 30 June 2021, the United States Department of State released the new 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) which, in addition to providing brief yet comprehensive country profiles for each nation with regards to their trafficking mitigation progress and setbacks, also discusses issues such as trafficking within and among families, the compounded […]

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China Sanctions Former USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie Moore

On 26 May 2021, China officially announced sanctions against Reverend and former Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Johnnie Moore. Moore, who has been a vocal critique regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution against religious communities, expressed his personal views in the 2021 USCIRF Report, stating that “China is relapsing

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A Summary: Draft Senate Resolution to Combat Chinese Government’s Human Rights and Security Violations

Yesterday, on 8 April 2021, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jim Risch (R-ID) announced that they have introduced a draft resolution, entitled the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, addressing a multiplicity of issues regarding the People’s Republic of China. Additionally, Menendez announced that a business meeting will convene next Wednesday, 14 April, for the Senate

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State Department Annual Human Rights Report Recognizes Ongoing Genocide Against Uyghurs and Other Minorities in Xinjiang, China

On Tuesday, March 30, the United States Department of State released its 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, its annual report which outlines the human rights record of every country in the world. President Biden, in his announcement regarding the release of the report, highlighted that a major component of this year’s would be

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Violence and Civilian Deaths in Myanmar Continue to Escalate; US Suspends Trade with Myanmar in Response

Since the military-led coup of the democratically-elected civilian government of Myanmar on February 1st of this year, violence and displacement have grown increasingly and disconcertingly worse. On Saturday, March 27th the Burmese military broke its cease-fire agreement and began launching multiple airstrikes on civilian communities in Karen State, including young children, anti-coup protesters, and ethnic

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China Sanctions USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin and Vice Chair Tony Perkins

On March 29th, in a new round of sanctions imposed on international experts that have spoken out about the crimes against humanity and genocide of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, the Chinese government shifted its focus to target the leaders of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Chair Gayle Manchin and Vice Chair Tony

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United States, European Union, and Canada Launch Multiple Sanctions against Xinjiang Entities

Earlier this week, the United States Department of the Treasury announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two Chinese government authorities responsible or complicit in the human rights violations taking place in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The two individuals, who were also sanctioned by the European Union and Canada, include Wang Junzheng,

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President Biden Assures China Will Face “Repercussions” for Human Rights Abuses, But Seemingly Dismisses Uyghur Genocide as a Result of “Cultural Norms”

On Tuesday, 16 February, President Biden participated in a CNN Town Hall in which he addressed questions regarding coronavirus relief and vaccination rollout plans, the possibility of schools reopening, and the United States’ relationship with China. The latter topic heavily focused on China’s human rights abuses against Uyghur and Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, as well

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Brookings Institute Releases Report for New Administration: How to Advance International Religious Freedom

In 2020, Melissa Rogers and E. J. Dionne Jr. of Brookings Institute released a report in which they highlight the importance of and offer recommendations for advancing religious freedom as a major foreign policy agenda point in the coming 2021 administration. In the domestic sphere, the report highlights the necessity to foster partnerships and cooperation

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