WASHINGTON — International persecution watchdog organization Open Doors USA applauds yesterday evening’s Senate confirmation of Rashad Hussain as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
David Curry, President and CEO, said, “Mr. Hussain is well-qualified for the task ahead. His leadership will play a critical role in countering the global rise of religious persecution. We look forward to partnering together to speak up for people of faith everywhere.”
The Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom is the key coordinator for U.S. government policy on the persecution of religious communities around the world. Without multinational leadership committed to advocating for religious freedom, Curry says the condition of persecuted groups is not likely to improve anytime soon.
Ambassador Sam Brownback, Senior Fellow at Open Doors USA, said, “Religious persecution is rampant around the world, and the international community looks to the United States for leadership that can make a difference. That’s why I’m glad Rashad Hussain has been confirmed by a bipartisan Senate majority.”
Open Doors asserts top priorities for any new International Religious Freedom Ambassador must include the extreme violence against Christians in Nigeria, the genocide against Uyghur Muslims in China, and the deterioration of religious freedoms in India, among others. The core of religious freedom is a call for equality, tolerance and acceptance for all people of faith, no matter how or whether they choose to believe.
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About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and to mobilize the Western church to pray and advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.
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