China tells United States to mind its own business over religious freedom criticism

China Iran reject US religious freedom report

China Iran reject US religious freedom report

"The so-called US report ignores the facts, confuses right and wrong and makes wanton criticism of China's religious freedom situation", she continued, adding, "everyone has seen that the facts prove the United States is not totally flawless". "Where religious freedom is not protected, we know that instability, human rights abuses, and violent extremism have a greater opportunity to take root", Tillerson added. "We will continue working with our regional partners to protect religious minority communities from terrorist attacks and to preserve their cultural heritage".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his remarks during the release of the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual report Tuesday.

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Asked on a conference call with reporters how that squares with recent administration actions on refugees, Ambassador Michael Kozak said regulations on refugees vary from country to country. "In the areas liberated from ISIS, the preferred option is to allow people to return to their traditional villages". Tillerson noted that Iran used "vague apostasy laws" to execute 20 members of religious minorities past year. The U.S. Commission on International Freedom designated it as one of the top 10 countries of concern for criminalizing religious speech not sanctioned by the state which led to the banning of the Jehovah's Witnesses. "Members of the Baha'i community are in prison today simply for abiding by their beliefs". Reuters notes that Hua did not specify what she meant by that or elaborate with examples of religious freedom violations in the United States.

"Everyone has seen that the facts prove the United States is not totally flawless", Hua said without elaborating.

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"The so-called US report ignores the facts, confuses right and wrong and makes wanton criticism of China's religious freedom situation", Chunying said, according to Reuters.

As a matter of fact, Chinese people of all ethnic groups have enjoyed full religious freedom in accordance with the Constitution and state laws.

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"We remain concerned about the state of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia". He described the former Kansas governor as "the highest-ranking official ever to take up this important post" and expects his swift confirmation. Tillerson did not specifically direct his comments against China and made a general comment against the countries listed in the report. The countries now listed, as of October 2016, are: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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