On July 24-26, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The Ministerial will take place at the U.S. Department of State and will convene religious leaders, rights advocates, and members of civil society organizations, government officials, and representatives of international organizations from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify concrete means to address persecution of and discrimination against religious groups, and promote greater respect for religious freedom for all.
On July 26, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at the Ministerial, where he will address government and international organization representatives about the importance of international religious freedom and its role in American foreign policy. The Vice President’s remarks and select additional events will be streamed live on state.gov and Facebook.com/usdos.
In advance of the ministerial, on July 23, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and survivors of religious persecution stood in the Holocaust Museum’s Hall of Remembrance, where they added their voices to the advancement of religious freedom. Here are moments from the event:
Religious freedom is an inalienable human right. But far too many people around the globe are being persecuted for their beliefs. That’s why we’re hosting the first-ever #IRFMinisterial — to advance religious freedom. The time for action is now. pic.twitter.com/6PB6MNNnqi— Ambassador Sam Brownback (@IRF_Ambassador) July 23, 2018
Auschwitz survivor Irene Weiss delivers remarks on #ReligiousFreedom and lights a memorial candle to honor victims of religious persecution during a ceremony at the @HolocaustMuseum. #IRFMinisterial pic.twitter.com/tmAUXA3D6s— Department of State (@StateDept) July 23, 2018
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