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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Biden administration has formally dismissed a pro-freedom human rights commission started under President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced last week.
In a press conference about State Department’s 2020 human rights reports, Secretary Blinken veiledly refenced the Commission on Unalienable Rights, an expert panel convened by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019. Blinken claimed to “repudiate” the commission, which has received broad, interfaith praise for its strong defense of religious liberties, and said the group was “recently disbanded.”
The secretary reiterated the Biden regime's pro-LGBT and pro-abortion platform in the press conference, stating that “there is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others.”
“Past unbalanced statements that suggest such a hierarchy, including those offered by a recently disbanded State Department advisory committee, do not represent a guiding document for this administration,” Blinken said, adding that the new regime rejects the views of the committee “decisively.” Blinken had promised Senate Democrats that he would rebuke the Commission on Unalienable Rights during his confirmation hearing.
Despite vehement attacks by Democrats and George Soros-funded activist groups, the Commission on Unalienable Rights won international acclaim from across faiths, including from the world’s largest independent Muslim organization. The panel was composed of renowned legal experts, as well as leading Jewish and Muslim scholars, and was chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon.
“We wanted to go back to first principles, back to our founding documents, our Declaration of Independence, our Bill of Rights to focus on those things that are central to the understanding of rights here in America,” Secretary Pompeo said about the initiative, which stressed the fundamental importance of religious freedom.
“International law accepts that some human rights are absolute or nearly so, admitting of few or no exceptions, even in times of national emergency,” the commission’s final report, released last summer, read. The report named religious freedom an “absolute” right.
The Communist-run People’s Republic of China is guilty of systematic human rights' abuses which are totally and utterly inconsistent with the spirit of the Olympic Games.
And yet, the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Beijjing, starting in only one year's time.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on the International Olympic Committee to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics away from China for widespread human rights' abuses incompatible with the ethos of the Olympic Games.
Think about the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people who inhabit the North-west corner of China; think of the recent crackdown and arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; think of the detention of members of Falun Gong; and, think of the persecution of Christians in China.
This is sickening.
China should be held to account for its manifest human rights' abuses, not lauded on the world stage. The Chinese Communist Party should be shamed, not celebrated.
Right now, the delay of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were scheduled to begin last summer, provides the perfect opportunity for the IOC to press pause on the Beijing Games, and take emergency action to relocate them away from China.
Not only that, but it could be very strongly argued that sending athletes from around the world to the "breeding ground of Covid-19" and then back home again, makes absolutely no sense from the perspective of protecting public health.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which calls on the IOC to cancel the 2022 Winter Games in China and relocate them to another country which upholds and defends human rights.
Here are just some of the human rights' abuses which China is guilty of:
GENOCIDE. In a report released on January, 19th of this year, the U.S. State Department found that, at least since 2017, the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of "genocide" against the Uighur population, living in Xinjiang Province. An abbreviated list of lesser crimes committed by the state against this largely-Muslim ethnic group includes:
- Torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained
- Forced labor
- The imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.
CRACKDOWN ON HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. China's newly-implemented National Security Law (NSL) is being used to enforce a draconian clampdown and arrest of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, who have bravely resisted the Communist Party's efforts to squash the right to vote and the right to run for political office.
PERSECUTION. China has mercilessly persecuted practioners of Falun Gong and Christians of every denomination. Over the last few years, incidents of persecution include:
- Christian churches have been destroyed by authorities.
- Two million Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Falun Gong followers have been held in detention.
- Christian teachings have been reinterpreted according to socialist doctrine.
- Churches in Hunan province were forced to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping.
These appalling human rights' abuses don't even include the extensive history of forced abortion and sterilization which the Chinese Communists are known to have committed in their ruthless enforcement of their "one-child policy," which only ended in 2015.
Of course, the world's premier amateur athletes should not be punished for the sins of the hosting nation, but neither should they lend their credibility and talent to support a nation which is guilty of so many systematic human rights' abuses.
That's why the IOC has an obligation to act and pull the Olympics out of China; otherwise, the IOC, itself, faces losing all credibility with sports fans around the world.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which urges the IOC to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. Not only will the IOC avoid the disgrace of supporting a human rights abuser, it will also help to ensure that yet a new wave of Covid doesn't emanate from China.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'One of Trump’s last moves: US declares China’s actions against Uyghurs ‘genocide’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-of-trumps-last-moves-us-declares-chinas-actions-against-uyghurs-genocide
'Hong Kong authorities arrest dozens of prominent pro-democracy activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hong-kong-authorities-arrest-dozens-of-prominent-pro-democracy-activists
'It’s time for the Pope to recognize the carnage among Uighurs, Catholics in China' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/its-time-for-the-pope-to-recognize-the-carnage-among-uighurs-catholics-in-china
“Prominent among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure, from the founders’ point of view, are property rights and religious liberty. A political society that destroys the possibility of either loses its legitimacy,” it warned.
The Biden regime’s repudiation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights has drawn condemnation from Christian and pro-freedom groups.
“This signifies the downgrading of the role of religious freedom in foreign policy and frankly, domestically as well because the commission had elevated the role of religious freedom and articulated its role as an important human right,” Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, said about Secretary Blinken’s statements.
“The situation of many Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Iran, is very dire. Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria almost weekly, it seems, and there is no mention of that,” Weber said. “So when we look at the horrific atrocities and human rights violations going on around the world, religious persecution is among them, and it’s totally disappointing that (Blinken is) not highlighting that.”
International Christian Concern likewise raised concerns as to “whether the Biden administration is still committed to putting religious freedom as a central principle in the United States’ foreign policy priorities” in the wake of the press conference.
While unveiling the latest State Department human rights report, Blinken also revealed that he has instructed the agency to reinstate a section about “reproductive rights” in future reports. He called “sexual and reproductive rights” – common euphemisms for abortion – “human rights.”
Blinken and the Biden regime have worked swiftly to erase President Trump’s monumental pro-life, pro-Christian legacy since January. The new regime already has revoked the Protect Life Rule, which cut billions of dollars of abortion funding to foreign nonprofits, and left the Geneva Consensus, a declaration signed by 32 countries reaffirming the right to life. The Biden White House also rebuked the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, a scholarly historical commission that sought to provide a counter-narrative to the error-filled, Marxist “1619 Project.”