By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Apr. 30: China is the worst offender when it comes to persecution of religious faiths, the 2019 annual report released on Monday by the United State’s Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said.
The report that documented the offensive on religious faiths in 28 nations, particularly highlighted China’s “war” on various religious faiths. It said that over the course of the last year, the Chinese communist regime has significantly ramped up its persecution of Uyghur Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists.
USCIRF Commissioner Gary L. Bauer told The Epoch Times
, “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest that the Chinese government has essentially declared war on religious faith.”
“China is still an atheistic, communist country. The Communist Party there seems to feel very threatened when any Chinese citizen is giving more attention to their own spirituality and own religious faith, rather than to the requirements of the Chinese government,” he further said.
The conclusive assessment cited China’s state strategy of forced assimilation and suppression that are executed through controlling monastic education, deciding whether religious venues can be built or used for worship, and restricting religious gatherings, as being detrimental to the Tibetan Buddhists.
On the Muslim majority region of Uyghur, it said that more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps as part of the regime’s purported efforts to combat “extremism.”
Chinese Christians and Falung Gong also known as Falun Dafa practitioners continue to face persecution such as closing down of hundreds of house churches and Protestant congregations and imprisonment and harvesting of practitioner’s organs, respectively, the report further said.
The commission urged the US government to issue targeted sanctions against individuals in China responsible for persecution campaigns against religious groups. “Our goal is not only to call out the offenders, but to provide concrete actions for the U.S. government to take in working with these countries to get off our lists,” said USCIRF Chair Tenzin Dorjee.