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Rally for Religious Freedom in Asia

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Every year, the third full week of July is declared Captive Nations Week in the United States, as established in 1959 by Public Law 86-90. This year, the US State Department is convening the first ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington DC on July 24-26. Between Captive Nations Week and the State Department religious freedom convention, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will draw attention to religious persecution of captive nations in Asia because the situation there is dire.

Over a million Uyghur Muslims in East Turkestan are currently in concentration camps in China because of their religion; priests, monks, and Protestant pastors in Vietnam are being beaten and jailed for leading marches; and since 2009, over 150 Tibetan Buddhists have self-immolated in protest of China’s continuing occupation and repression of Tibet.

The original Captive Nations Declaration reads that “these submerged nations look to the United States, as the citadel of human freedom, for leadership in bringing about their liberation and independence and in restoring to them the enjoyment of their Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or other religious freedoms, and of their individual liberties.” We must not let them down. Join us!

Dolkun Isa is our confirmed Keynote speaker. President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and Vice President of the Unrepresented Nation & Peoples Organization (UNPO), Mr. Dolkun Isa is a former student-leader of the pro-democracy demonstrations at Xinjiang University in 1988 in East Turkistan. He will speak about the ongoing persecution of Uyghur Muslims and the status of religious freedom and human rights in Communist China and the nations it occupies. 

 Bhuchung K. Tsering was born in Tibet. He served in the Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, as well as at the Office of Tibet in Switzerland. He joined the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. in 1995 and is currently the Vice President. He is a member of the Task Force set up by the Central Tibetan Administration to work on issues relating to the dialogue process with the Chinese leadership.

Bhuchung K. Tsering was born in Tibet. He served in the Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, as well as at the Office of Tibet in Switzerland. He joined the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. in 1995 and is currently the Vice President. He is a member of the Task Force set up by the Central Tibetan Administration to work on issues relating to the dialogue process with the Chinese leadership.

 Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh will address the rally on behalf of persecuted Christians in Vietnam. In July 2017, the Vietnamese regime released religious prisoner of conscience Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and allowed him, his wife Tran Thi Hong, and their five children to leave the country. Pastor Chinh was sentenced in 2012 to 11 years’ imprisonment and endured solitary confinement and torture in prison.

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh will address the rally on behalf of persecuted Christians in Vietnam. In July 2017, the Vietnamese regime released religious prisoner of conscience Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and allowed him, his wife Tran Thi Hong, and their five children to leave the country. Pastor Chinh was sentenced in 2012 to 11 years’ imprisonment and endured solitary confinement and torture in prison.

 Senator Ted Cruz is the Republic junior senator from the state of Texas. Before being elected to the Senate, Cruz was a practicing attorney, served in the George W. Bush administration, and was solicitor general for the state of Texas. After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Cruz’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Cruz’s father is a pastor in Dallas. Cruz graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard University Law School.

Senator Ted Cruz is the Republic junior senator from the state of Texas. Before being elected to the Senate, Cruz was a practicing attorney, served in the George W. Bush administration, and was solicitor general for the state of Texas. After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Cruz’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Cruz’s father is a pastor in Dallas. Cruz graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard University Law School.

 Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the Republican Congresswoman representing Washington state’s 5th Congressional District. Representative McMorris Rodgers is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and fourth highest-ranking Republican overall in the House. Before being elected to the House, Representative McMorris Rodgers served for ten years as a member of the Washington state house of representatives. She graduated with a B.A. from Pensacola Christian College in 1990, and with an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2002.  

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the Republican Congresswoman representing Washington state’s 5th Congressional District. Representative McMorris Rodgers is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and fourth highest-ranking Republican overall in the House. Before being elected to the House, Representative McMorris Rodgers served for ten years as a member of the Washington state house of representatives. She graduated with a B.A. from Pensacola Christian College in 1990, and with an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2002.  

 Representative Alan Lowenthal is the Democratic Congressman representing California’s 47th Congressional District. Before being elected to the House in 2012, Representative Lowenthal worked as a psychologist, a professor at California State University, a member of the Long Beach, CA city council, and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, with an M.A. from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and with a Ph.D., also from Ohio State University. 

Representative Alan Lowenthal is the Democratic Congressman representing California’s 47th Congressional District. Before being elected to the House in 2012, Representative Lowenthal worked as a psychologist, a professor at California State University, a member of the Long Beach, CA city council, and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, with an M.A. from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and with a Ph.D., also from Ohio State University. 

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