For Immediate Release
February 17, 2022
Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com,
Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105,
or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102
Communist China takes aim at Christians
An expert panel will examine how Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen and other believers have been shamed and silenced and what this portends for religious freedom in Hong Kong— and the world
WASHINGTON, D.C.— China’s Communist Party overlords are preparing to crackdown on Christians in Hong Kong. Recent articles published in the pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao have called out the region’s Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen, Christian publishers, and churches for promoting and supporting the pro-democracy movement.
After breaking international treaties and illegally asserting authority over the autonomous region of Hong Kong in response to widespread pro-democracy protests, Communist China passed the draconian “National Security Law for Hong Kong.” This broad mandate with intentionally vague language has systematically stripped away basic civil rights previously enjoyed. Thousands have been detained and ‘disappeared.’
“Hong Kongers have been silenced and freedom has vanished under Xi Jinping’s control,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC). “Almost overnight, Communist China crushed one of the world’s most vibrant democracies and claimed control over an important global economy with absolute impunity from an impotent international community. The basic human right to freedom of religion or belief is the last vestige of liberty to fall. Hong Kong is vanquished, and Communist China is stronger for it.”
The honorable Sam Brownback, former U.S. ambassador for International Religious Freedom said recently, “Either the world will change China, or China will change the world.”
On February 17 at 4:30 pm ET, Save the Persecuted Christians will host an important panel discussion on these latest developments in Hong Kong and what they portend should Western leaders continue to cave to the rapacious demands of Communist China.
- WHO: Dede Laugesen, Executive Director for Save the Persecuted Christians, and Executive Secretary for the Committee on the Present Danger: China; The Honorable Sam Brownback, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom; Se Hoon Kim, Director of the Captive Nations Coalition for the Committee on the Present Danger: China; Nina Shea, Senior Fellow & Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute; Baggio Leung, former elected Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo); Benedict Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Hong Kong Watch, senior analyst for East Asia for CSW, and the co-founder and deputy chair of the U.K. Conservative Party Human Rights Commission
- WHAT: Webinar | HONG KONG: Crackdown on Christians
- WHEN: February 17, 4:30 pm ET
- HOW: Register to attend here.
The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.
With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, such as Christians in China, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.
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To interview a Save the Persecuted Christians representative, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.