02.14.18

Daines Calls on U.S. to Hold China Accountable for Religious Freedom and Human Rights Abuses

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today, during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing, questioned witnesses on how the United States can strengthen efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses.

“The ability to practice a religion without fear of persecution is a basic human right,” said Daines. “The United States must do more to ensure China upholds this fundamental freedom and end its human rights abuses.”

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Background: 

On February 12, 2018, Daines sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to appoint a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues to focus on issues impacting Tibet, including religious freedom and human rights.

On October 5, 2017, Daines voted to adopt the 2017 Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) report recommending increased efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses.

In April 2017, Daines led a congressional delegation to China, where he raised concerns regarding religious freedom and human rights with Chinese officials in Tibet.

On February 22, 2017, Daines sent a letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui, urging China to eliminate human rights abuses in its family-planning policies.

In 2016, Daines voted to adopt the 2016 Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) report recommending increased efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses.

On December 4, 2015, Daines called on China to end its brutal enforcement of its one-child policy during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing.

In 2015, Daines voted to adopt the 2015 Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) report recommending increased efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses.

 

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