Rep Hice Leads Letter Demanding Blinken Defend Religious Freedom on the International Stage
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) led 15 of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding he addresses the religious freedom violations occurring in Nigeria.
“One of the founding principles our nation was built upon is the ability to practice our faith freely without coercion,” said Congressman Hice. “While our Founders engrained this inalienable right in our Constitution, across the globe, particularly in Nigeria, human rights abuses against religious minority groups are widespread. The Nigerian government must be held accountable, and the State Department must take action to protect the thousands of individuals suffering from religious persecution. Ensuring the right to act or speak on one’s own religious convictions is essential to the global fabric of our society.”
Cosigners: Rep. Robert Aderholt, Rep. Brian Babin, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Randy Feenstra, Rep. Bill Huizienga, Rep. Mike Johnson, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Rep. Tom Emmer, Rep. Gregory Murphy, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Tim Walberg.
Full text of the letter can be found here.
BACKGROUND: In December 2020, Nigeria was added to the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). CPC is a designation by the U.S. State Department for countries that commit severe religious freedom violations. When a country is added as a CPC, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's (USCIRF) offers a range of flexible policy recommendations, including possible sanctions to address these severe violations of religious freedom. Under former President Donald Trump, the United States took significant strides to defend human rights and combat violations of religious freedom across the globe. The Biden Administration must follow suit.
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