Church of Scientology joins attack on The People's Republic of China: "DON'T FUND OUR ENEMY."

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Church of Scientology joins attack on The People's Republic of China: "DON'T FUND OUR ENEMY."

Susan Taylor signed the below letter in her capacity as the National Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office.

The letter was created by The Committee on the Present Danger: China. Here is the link:

Open Letter to President Trump: Don’t Fund Our Enemies


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DON’T FUND OUR ENEMY

April 25, 2020
President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:
You have rightly taken the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to task for its “knowing responsibility” for the current, deadly pandemic that has cost our nation and the world dearly. We strongly support your determination to get to the bottom of whether it did so accidentally or intentionally.

In the meantime, we believe nothing should be done to cause the Chinese government to believe that accountability can be avoided for the global crisis it has perpetrated through sustained deception, lack of transparency and malfeasance. Under no circumstances should we reward the CCP for such unconscionable behavior.

Unfortunately, the impending implementation of a decision first taken three years ago by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) risks not only conveying a decidedly mixed signal. Such a step can also empower the Chinese Communist Party and the corporations it uses to endanger our security and betray our values.

Unless you act immediately to interdict the transfer now in the offing – one that would result in the Thrift Savings Plan’s $50 billion International Fund “mirroring” the MSCI All-Country World ex-U.S.

Index, then billions of dollars of U.S. government employees’ pension funds will soon be invested in the PRC and some of its most problematic companies. The latter include the following:

• AviChina Industry & Technology Ltd.: AVIC and its subsidiaries develop and produce a range of aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems and airborne weapons for the People’s Liberation Army.

AVIC and its subsidiaries have been repeatedly sanctioned by the U.S. for missile proliferation activities in Iran.

• China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation: Naval equipment produced by CSIC includes: guided missile destroyers, frigates, conventional submarines, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, and, most notably, aircraft carriers.

• Hikvision Digital Technology: Hikvision manufactures video cameras and other security technology integral to the CCP’s surveillance state apparatus, its “social credit” system and the network of large-scale concentration camps used to incarcerate certain religious minorities.

Hikvision has been sanctioned by the U.S. government for human rights and other activities “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

• Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE): ZTE is a telecommunications company that has engaged in economic and trade activities in sanctioned states in violation of U.S. laws and regulations.

• China Communications Construction Company: As of 2015, CCCC owned over half of China’s dredging industry capacity.Several CCCC subsidiaries have been observed conducting dredging (and other) activity in support of Beijing’s illegal island-building activity in the South China Sea.

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• China Unicom: China Unicom is providing telecommunications systems to the contested Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea to service China’s civilian and military personnel and also reportedly to support signals intelligence activities.

• China Mobile Ltd.: China Mobile provides telecommunications services to illegal fortified Chinese-constructed islands in the Paracel and Spratly Island chains. In May 2019, the U.S. FCC denied China Mobile’s application to provide international telecommunications services between the U.S. and foreign destinations, saying it “raises substantial national security and law enforcement risks.”

• China Telecom Corporation: In April 2020, the U.S. government pulled a license from this Chinese telecommunications company’s American subsidiary on the grounds that it entailed unacceptable risks of Chinese espionage and disruption of U.S. networks.

The appalling prospect that, among others, our men and women in uniform would, as a result of this outrageous FRTIB initiative, be compelled to invest their personal retirement savings in companies building advanced weapons systems designed to kill them prompted eleven influential flag, general and non-commissioned officers – including two former National Security Advisors to the President – to take action. They recently urged the Joint Chiefs of Staff to recommend that you intervene to prevent this outrage, something you have the authority to do pursuant to the International Economic Emergency Powers Act (IEEPA).

By acting in this way, these military leaders are echoing bipartisan and bicameral congressional requests that the FRTIB suspend further implementation of its decision, originally taken in 2017 under very different circumstances. Such recommendations are also aligned with overwhelming public sentiment – as documented in a national poll of likely voters conducted by John McLaughlin in January, before the pandemic further sharpened popular attitudes towards Communist China.

For all these reasons, we strenuously endorse such appeals and call on you to act before any Thrift Savings Plan funds begin enriching the Chinese Communist Party, and enabling its further malevolence directed at the United States.

Sincerely,

Mr. Brian Kennedy
Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger: China
President, The American Strategy Group

Hon. Frank R. Wolf
Former Member of Congress

Lt. Col. Allen West, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Member of Congress

Hon. Dave Brat
Former Member of Congress
Dean, Liberty University School of Business

Gen. James L. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Former National Security Advisor to the President

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Vice Adm. John Poindexter, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Former National Security Advisor to the President

Hon. Stephen K. Bannon
Former White House Chief Strategist
Hon. Tidal W. “Ty” McCoy
Former Secretary of the Air Force (Acting)

Hon. Robert Joseph
Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Mr. Frank J. Gaffney
Vice Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger: China
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (Acting)

Hon. Edward Timperlake
Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Managing Editor, Defense.info

Hon. Fred Fleitz
Former Chief of Staff, National Security Council
President and CEO, Center for Security Policy

Hon. Henry Cooper
Former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative
Chairman, High Frontier

Hon. Kenneth deGraffenreid
Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence

Lt. Gen. Stephen Kwast, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Former Commander, Air Education and Training Command

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Forces Korea

Maj. Gen. Gregory Schumacher, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Deputy Director for Intelligence, U.S. Army

Maj. Gen. Robert Walters, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence

Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding
Former Defense Attaché, Beijing and former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council

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Rear Adm. Russ Penniman, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Capt. James Fanell, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Former Director of Intelligence and Information Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Capt. J.P. London, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Executive Chairman, CACI Inc.

Col. John Mills, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs Office of the Secretary of Defense

Col. James Dau, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer, Iran Alive Ministries

Capt. John E. Vinson, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Col. David Bena, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Chaplain

Capt. Emil Levine, U.S. Navy Reserves (Ret.)

Lt. Col. M. L. “Buzz” Hefti, (Ret), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs

Lt. Col. Kaaren Teuber U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Texoma Patriots
Cmdr. Fred Stratton, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Cmdr. Michael Bender, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Chief Master Sgt. William Wiseman, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Gunnery Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, London Center for Policy Research

Joseph Bosco, Esq.
Former China Desk Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Dr. Sasha Gong, Ph.D.
Former Chief of the Mandarin Service, Voice of America

Charles “Sam” Faddis
Former Army officer and CIA Officer (Ret.)

Brad Johnson
Former CIA Officer (Ret.)
President, Americans for Intelligence Reform

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Chet Nagle
Former Naval Aviator, former Defense Department official
Senior Analyst, Ravenna Associates

Jim Sturdevant II
Retired Defense Intelligence Agency Civilian Officer

Patrick Carberry
Former Special Agent, FBI (Retired)
Joshuacord.Org - Christians in the Mirror

Kyle Bass
Chief Investment Officer, Hayman Capital Management L.P.

Dr. Anders Corr, Ph.D.
Publisher
Journal of Political Risk

Dr. Xiaoxu “Sean” Lin, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Global Alliance Against Communist Propaganda and Disinformation

Dr. Jianli Yang
Founder and President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Lianchao Han
Vice President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Pastor Bob Fu
President, ChinaAid

Salih Hudayar
Prime Minister, East Turkistan Government-in-Exile

Eric Metaxas
Author and Host, The Eric Metaxas Show

Dr. Bradley Thayer, Ph.D.
Author and Professor

Maura Moynihan
Students for a Free Tibet

Paul Berkowitz
Former Professional Staff Member
House Foreign Affairs Committee

Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute

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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
Executive Director, Task Force on National and Homeland Security

Dr. J. Michael Waller, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst for Strategy, Center for Security Policy

Dr. Suzanne Scholte, Ph.D.
President, Defense Forum Foundation

Kevin Freeman
Founder, National Security Investment Consultants Institute
Host, Economic War Room with Kevin Freeman

Elizabeth Yore, Esq.
YoreChildren

Reggie Littlejohn
President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Ginni Thomas
President, Liberty Consulting

The Right Reverend Derek L.S. Jones
Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

The Right Reverend Dr. William Atwood
Anglican Bishop

Pastor Julie DeRung
Associate Pastor, Crystal River Ministry Center

Pastor Kevin Jessip
President, Global Strategic Alliance

Dede Laugesen
Executive Director, Save the Persecuted Christians

Dominic Sputo
Author and Entrepreneur

Rev. Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)

Paul Pickern
Chief Executive Officer, All Pro Pastors International

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Faith J. H. McDonnell
Director, International Religious Liberty Program
Institute on Religion and Democracy

Jorge Parrott
President, Christ's Mandate for Missions

Stephen Enada
Executive President, International Committee on Nigeria

Pastor Greg Young
Host, Chosen Generation Radio Show

George Parker
Executive Director, Revealing Light Ministries

Daniel Emig
Frontier Partners International

Zeno Gamble
Operations Manager, The Nazarene Fund

Allen Morris
Executive Director, Concerned Methodists

Pastor Greg Tweddell
Founding Pastor, Ignition633 Ministries

Dr. Oluwasayo Ajiboye
President, Mission Africa International

Dr. Lloyd Phillips, Ph.D.
Fellow Laborers' International Network

Anna Parrott
Chief Financial Officer, Christ’s Mandate for Missions

Rev. Lindi Caywood
Kingdom Flare, LLC

Gloria Koczera
Morningstar Ministries

Mark Singer
Moral Action Ministry

William Brown
Organizer, Christian Activist Network of New England

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Susan Taylor
National Public Affairs Director
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

E. Miles Prentice, Esq.
Chairman, Board of Directors
Center for Security Policy

Donald L. Woodsmall
Owner of Arromid, LLC

Andy Miller
President, Angry Eagle Holdings, LLC

Ken Dragotta,
Director, Waukesha Conservative Business Council

Ebby Moussazadeh
President, Matrix Creations

Augusta Petrone
Member, Board of Directors
Center for Security Policy

Andrew Whitney
President and CEO, Oceanic Energy Ltd.

Dr. Jennifer London, Ph.D.
National Director, National American History and Founders Initiative

Rod D. Martin
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
President, The Martin Foundation

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President, The Martin Organization, Inc.

Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer, Martin Imaging, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future

Annie Dempsey
York County GOP

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Bryan Hickox
President and CEO, Bryan Hickox Pictures, Inc.

Dr. Tim Daughtry
Author and Consultant

Kim Bongiorno
Buyer's Information Service, Inc.

James Newman
Senior Analyst, Operational Integration
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Dennis Black
President, American Jobs Aliance.com

Brett Kingstone
Chief Executive Officer, Max King Realty, LLC

Peggy Littleton
ReadyOp

Yana Way
Way Tutoring

Mr. Mike Ramirez
Patriots' Group, Texas

Robert Oster

V. L Elliott

Deborah King

Sharon Nilsen

Michael Parks

Margaret Mayfield

Cheryl Barboa

Donald Hurley

Esther Smith

Randall McSmith

Lynn Copeland

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Dennis Miller

Camilla Miller

Robert Jordan

Mary Jordan

Norma Hunter

Carolyn Shugart

Joanne S. Macko

Dr. Donald Macko, MD

Michael Husar

Jacquelyn Keenan

Dale Diorio

Dr. Thomas Bralliar, MD

Timothy Lyon

Paul Rasch

Belinda Guda

cc: Vice President Mike Pence
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows
National Security Advisor to the President Robert O’Brien


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Significantly, Scientologist Greg Mitchell, Founder and Co-Chair of The International Religious Freedom Roundtable, is a member of The Committee on the Present Danger: China:


Mitchell is also a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over the last five years.

Scientology signing the letter is an obvious attempt to gain favor with the Trump administration and the MAGA community.

The government of the People's Republic of China will be less than pleased with the Church of Scientology.

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President Trump followed the advice of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office and the other signatories to thr letter. See:

Federal Retirement Fund Halts Planned China Investment Under Pressure

Federal Retirement Fund Halts Planned China Investment Under Pressure

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Trump asks board of federal retirement savings plan to not invest in China, setting up showdown

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-asks-board-of-federal-retirement-plan-to-not-invest-in-china-setting-up-showdown/2020/05/12/55f74ac2-9470-11ea-9f5e-56d8239bf9ad_story.html


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Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joins letter promoted by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable protesting the Designation of The People's Republic of China to the United Nations Human Rights Council Consultative Group: "unacceptable" and “reprehensible.”


“Unacceptable” – Jubilee Campaign + 20 Organizations Submit Letter Criticizing the Designation of China to the HRC Consultative Group


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The Honorable Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger
President of the Human Rights Council, Fourteenth Cycle (2020)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

16 April 2020

Dear President Tichy-Fisslberger,

We, the undersigned individuals, represent a myriad of religious, economic, intellectual, and political backgrounds, who collectively strive to promote and protect fundamental human rights as well as the international standard of freedom of religion or belief. We would firstly like to recognize your dedication to human rights leadership, which is both admirable and timely amidst the outbreak of a global pandemic. It has come to our attention that China has been nominated and selected for a one-year mandate as a member state of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) Consultative Group, a group consisting of five UN member states whose ultimate purpose is to review applications and suggest recommendations to independent UN experts, whom the member states are required to review based on the following six criteria: (a) expertise; (b) experience in the field of the mandate; (c) independence; (d) impartiality; (e) personal integrity; and (f) objectivity.

China is a nation recognized by the broad international humanitarian community to be a routine violator of human rights, most notably: freedom from involuntary servitude; freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; freedom from arbitrary arrest, detention or exile; freedom from interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom of opinion and expression and; freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

We find it problematic and reprehensible that a country whose government does not follow international human rights laws nor meets its obligations as a member State of the United Nations should be considered for, let alone chosen as a member of the UN HRC Consultative Group, especially considering its plethora of human rights abuses. A great concern is the possibility that China’s own oppressive ideology could be inherently exported into the initiatives and decisions of the United Nations and thus diminish any semblance of impartiality and neutrality. Secondly, we fear that China could use this new power to preferentially nominate and approve experts based on partisanship and nepotism rather than on their human rights expertise and objectivity. In short, China will have the power to nominate experts that will investigate China’s own human rights record- introducing bias into the United Nations human rights review procedures. Finally, we are concerned that this action will create a precedent in which China’s historical human rights abuses will continue to be overlooked in favor of ensuring its inclusion and participation in the United Nations’ future initiatives.

Among the experts that China will have a voice in vetting and choosing are three new members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. We wholeheartedly believe that China should have no say in such a decision given its historical pattern of detention and disappearance as a means to eradicate political dissent among scholars and humanitarian activists. In 2018, Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng was arbitrarily detained and his attorney status revoked. A year later, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention released its decision that “there was no legal basis for the arrest and detention of Mr. Yu, and his deprivation of liberty is arbitrary under category I.” It is completely impermissible that China should have the authority to choose experts for the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which has historically been involved in condemning and classifying China’s acts of arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty. Such a drastic oversight has the potential to eliminate the credibility and distort the purpose and mandate of the Working Group and allow China to avoid any investigations into its own deplorable human rights record.

Another one of the 17 appointments that the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group will choose is the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Freedom of opinion and expression is regularly violated in China; students, scholars, organizations, and activists who publicly proclaim views contrary to the CCP face imprisonment and exorbitant charges. 2019 saw the noteworthy arrests of three individuals: Zi Su of Chengdu for his article questioning the sustainability and adequacy of President Xi Jinping’s leadership of the CCP; activist Huang Xiaomin, also of Chengdu, for his promotion of direct elections for CCP leadership positions, and; Chen Yunfei for his online support of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests. A nation who unabashedly imprisons individuals for their valid beliefs and critiques of the government should not be authorized to have the power of choice over the selection of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Amidst the persistent and unmitigated spread of the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, we also find it extremely inappropriate and unacceptable that China be involved in the vetting and selection process for the new Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. In December 2019, ophthalmologist Dr. Li Wenliang of Wuhan Central Hospital, the initial “whistle-blower” regarding the novel coronavirus, warned a small group of his friends about the emergence of a SARS-like virus among a few of his patients. After his warning was spread to the mass public, he was severely reprimanded by the Wuhan Public Security Bureau for spreading ‘false information’ online and causing public concern. He was among eight other doctors in Wuhan who similarly began warning close individuals about the suspicious new cases and who were condemned as “rumormongers.” China had the sufficient time and capability to respond to the outbreak before it gained momentum and cost many Chinese citizens their lives before being exported to nearly every nation in the world, save for a few countries in South America and Africa. China’s refusal to acknowledge the rise of COVID-19 and subsequent refusal to acknowledge its responsibility for the prevalence of the new pandemic exhibit its failure to prioritize public health and therefore disqualifies China as a suitable member of the UN HRC Consultative Group.

Such an appointment comes as a surprise to us as well, considering the already-strained relationship China has with the United Nations and its selected rapporteurs and representatives. In December 2019, UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet wrote an article that the use of force by Chinese police against Hong Kong protesters is extraneous and should be investigated. In response, China claims her statements include “inappropriate comments on the situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” and “interferes in China’s internal affairs.” Moreover, when 23 United Nations member states supported a statement in October 2019 denouncing the detention of Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslim communities in Xinjiang, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang urged the United States and United Kingdom to “stop interfering in others’ domestic affairs under the cover of human rights…” How can a nation that accepts no criticism of its human rights record and refuses to address the mass imprisonment of millions of citizens for no reason other than their ethno-religious background be a legitimate and reliable leader in the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group? In addition, China is included in the 2019 UN Secretary-General report on intimidation and reprisals for cooperation with the UN in the field of human rights. It is absurd to have a country who targets activists and human rights defenders who engage with United Nations human rights mechanisms to then be allowed to have influence over those mechanisms which they have been working against.

It is with the above objections in mind that we condemn the designation of China as a member of the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group. We ask that if the position cannot be reconsidered, that you as President take note of these voiced concerns during China’s one-year term, as you review upcoming proposed candidates by the UNHRC Consultative Group, to ensure the priorities suggested by the group are in line with the commitments of the Council. We ask that you be prepared, as President, to not follow the priority suggested by the group if there is any risk that the expert will be partial or restricted to speak freely, to ensure the integrity and credibility of the Human Rights Council and the future of international human rights.

Respectfully signed with great appreciation for your attention to these matters,


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Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joins letter to President Trump attacking the People's Republic of China over its treatment of Hong Kong.


ChinaAid: Roundtable begs Trump to take action for Hong Kong


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Roundtable begs Trump to take action for Hong Kong

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

(Washington, D.C.—July 1, 2020) The International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFR) issued a letter to President Trump regarding Hong Kong today.

The IRFR, a multi-faith group, released the letter the day after Beijing implemented Hong Kong’s National l Security Law. The new law positions China in authority over Hong Kong judicial system in cases of national security. National security-related charges are often given to religious people and activists in mainland China.

In light of Hong Kong’s eroding freedoms, the IRFR asked Trump to penalize 20 Chinese military-tied companies that do business in the U.S.

“By swiftly shutting down their operations inside the United States,” the letter read, “and terminating their access to our capital markets, (Trump) can simultaneously advance our national security interests and deliver a strong response to the (Chinese Communist Party) suppression of Hong Kong.”

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ETA: Oddly, the Scientologist-led anti-vaccine Conscience Coalition also joined the most recent letter attacking the PRC.
 
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The Church of Scientology continues to attack The People's Republic of China.

The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joins letter urging Canada and the United Kingdom to join global Magnitsky sanctions against officials of the People's Republic of China responsible for violating the rights of Uyghurs.


Human Rights First Urges Canada, U.K., to Join Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Responsible for Violating the Rights of Uyghurs


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August 18, 2020

Dear Minister Champagne, Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Secretary Raab,

We, the 71 undersigned organizations dedicated to the promotion of universal

human rights and/or the fight against corruption, welcome the United Kingdom’s successful promulgation of its Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations and initial tranche of 49 sanctions designations, as well as the United States’ recent actions under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program to designate senior Chinese leaders and entities responsible for egregious human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region) against Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples.

We write you in the context of these developments to urge greater coordination between your governments as one critical element in your broader strategies to promote respect for human rights and fight corruption globally, and to request that the British and Canadian governments use their respective targeted human rights sanctions programs to mirror recent actions undertaken by the US government.

The US government’s recent sanctions designations of Uyghur Region Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary Chen Quanguo, other senior CCP officials, the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB), and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) reflect actions long called for by the Uyghur activist community and many human rights organizations. These designations mark a significant step forward in terms of holding accountable the perpetrators of atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples.

We note, however, that the impact and perceived legitimacy of such sanctions will be bolstered if coordinated and implemented in conjunction with the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada. We encourage your governments to prioritize multilateralization of targeted human rights and anti-corruption sanctions, which among other benefits will have the manifest impact of expanding the reach of travel restrictions and asset freezes. This, in turn, will increase the costs for each sanctioned individual and entity to continue committing human rights abuses or acts of corruption, in the Uyghur Region or elsewhere, and serve as a more effective deterrent.

In this instance, we urge the US government to share the information it has used to inform its Uyghur Region-related Global Magnitsky designations with counterparts in Canada and the United Kingdom. Likewise, we urge the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom to act upon such information by announcing their own targeted sanctions against the listed perpetrators under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations, respectively.

More broadly, we encourage each of your ministries to formalize and routinize information-sharing concerning targeted sanctions relating to human rights abuses and corruption. By collaborating across borders, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom can make it much harder for perpetrators to evade sanctions enforcement.

Globalizing and harmonizing “Magnitsky-like” targeted sanctions programs represents a significant step towards ending impunity for many of the world’s worst crimes. We applaud each of your governments for the steps you are taking in this direction, and urge further integration as you move forward in this important work.

Sincerely,

Americans for Kashmir

Association for Advancement of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Vietnam

Avaaz

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative

Bitter Winter

Boat People SOS

Buddhist Solidarity Association

Campaign for Uyghurs

Center for the Study of Democracy

Central and Eastern European Council in Canada

China Aid Association

Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)

Council for Global Equality

CSW

The Church of Almighty God

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Coalition for Integrity

Coalition to Abolish Modern Day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA)

Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Crude Accountability

Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.

Freedom House

Freedom Now

Free Russia Foundation

Free Uyghur Student Coalition

Friends of Angola

Global Alliance Against Communist Propaganda & Disinformation

Global Magnitsky Justice Movement (Bill Browder)

Heartland Initiative

Humanity United

Human Rights First

Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan"

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Foundation

The Human Trafficking Legal Center

International Christian Concern

International Lawyers Project

International Organization to Preserve Human Rights

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU)

Jewish World Watch

Joint Baltic American National Committee

Jubilee Campaign USA

Jubilee Campaign NL

Junior Sacerdotal Council of the Cao Dai Religion

Justice for All

Justice for All Canada

Kleptocracy Initiative

Montagnards Stand for Justice

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

No Business With Genocide

Norwegian Uyghur Committee

PEN America

Project Expedite Justice

Project Hong Kong

REDRESS

Safeguard Defenders

StoptheDrugWar.org

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC)

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Truth Hounds

USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic

US Pinoys for Good Governance

United Macedonian Diaspora

Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP)

Uyghur Rally

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Vietnamese Women for Human Rights

WatchDog.MD Community (Republic of Moldova)

World Uyghur Congress

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The Church of Scientology continues to attack The People's Republic of China.

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joins letter asking members of Congress to co-sponsor the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, (H.R. 6210 or S. 3471), to ensure that American product supply chains are not funding the Chinese government’s oppression of the Uyghurs and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang.


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The Honorable ________________
United States House of Representatives or
Senate
Washington DC ____________

Dear Representative/Senator ____,

We write as an informal coalition of 150 organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners to ask you to co-sponsor the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, (H.R. 6210 or S. 3471), to ensure that American product supply chains are not funding the Chinese government’s oppression of the Uyghurs and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang.

Forced labor programs are a chilling component of the CCP’s brutal campaign of repression of Xinjiang’s Muslims’ religious freedoms. China’s government is estimated to imprison over 1 million Muslims in “reeducation” camps where they face separation from their families, indoctrination, and torture. Unfortunately, the nightmare for many of these Muslims does not end at the walls of the camps. Chinese government officials coerce many former camp prisoners and local Muslim residents to work in government approved factories and other workplaces as part of their larger campaign to destroy their cultural identity and bring them under the complete control of the state.

Congress should ensure that American dollars are not funding this oppression through the importation of products made by forced labor from the Xinjiang Region. The New York Times reported that the products made off the backs of these oppressed people are going into several global supply chains of products such as textiles and personal protective equipment that are going to consumers in the United States.

Support for action on this issue comes from diverse and influential organizations such as those united under the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region (EFLUR). Endorsing members of the coalition are ideologically diverse and represent many different sectors. They include over 200 advocacy, antislavery, labor rights, legal aid, and human rights organizations, as well as unions, among them the AFLCIO, Uyghur Human Rights Project, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Clean Clothes Campaign, and Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, and Human Rights Watch.

We join all of the endorsing organizations of the EFLUR, adding our voices as religious freedom organizations experts calling for ending the tainting of American supply chains with the forced labor of Uyghur people. The CCP has pursued this policy as a tool targeting ethnic and religious minorities in violation of their Article 18 freedom of religion or belief rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would safeguard American consumers from unwittingly supporting the CCP’s oppression. Key provisions of the act would create the presumption that goods produced in the Xinjiang Region are made with forced labor and prohibited from importation into the U.S. under the Tariff Act of 1930, unless there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the goods were not made with forced labor. It would also hold foreign parties accountable by enabling sanctions on those who knowingly participate in the importation of the products emerging from this forced labor.

We urge you to contact the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rubio or Rep. McGovern, to sign on as a co-sponsor to help advance this vital legislation. It will help ensure the integrity of America’s product supply chain and stand for those facing religious oppression in China. We thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this legislation.

ORGANIZATIONS:

21Wilberforce

901 Ummah

ADL (Anti-Defamation League)

AdvanceUSA

Association for the Advancement of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Vietnam (AAFoRB-VN)

Athenai Institute

Australian Uyghur Association

Belgium Uyghur Association

Boat People SOS

Bruderhof

Buddhist Solidarity Association

Campaign For Uyghurs

Center for Pluralism

China Aid Association

Christian Freedom International

Christian Medical Dental Associations

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA)

Columbia Muslim Students Association

Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberte de Conscience

CSW

Defense Forum Foundation Family Research Council

Free Uyghur Now Coalition

Free Uyghur Student Coalition Freedom Forward

Freedom2Care

FreeUyghurNow Coalition

Global Alliance Against Communist Propaganda and Disinformation

Happy Science Washington Bureau

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

Institute on Religion and Democracy

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

International Bible Conference

International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

International Christian Concern

International Interfaith Peace Corps

International Organization to Preserve Human Rights

Isa Yusuf Alptekin Foundation

Jubilee Campaign

Justice For All - Save Uighurs Campaign

Justice for Uyghurs

Law and Liberty International

Minaret Foundation

Minh Van Foundation

Muslims For Muslims International

No Business with Genocide

One Way Churches International Open Doors USA

Patmos Institute REDEEM!

Religious Freedom Institute Revealing Light Ministries

Silk Road Peace Project

South Asia Minorities Alliance Foundation

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

St. Charles Institute

STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities Stefanus Alliance International

Stop Genocide Now

Sunshine Ministries

The Church of Almighty God

The International Campaign for Tibet

The International Multi-Faith Coalition (I.M.F.C.)

Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam

United Macedonian Diaspora

University of Maryland: College Park Muslim Student Association (UMD MSA)

Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Association of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia)

Uyghur Human Rights Project

Uyghur Projects Foundation (NPO)

Uyghur Rally

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Vietnam Coalition Against Torture

Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR)

Washingtonians for Change

World Uyghur Congress

World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

YoreChildren


INDIVIDUALS (Organizations listed for identification purposes only):

Rishat Abbas (Senior Advisor, World Uyghur Congress)

Abduxukur Abdurixit (Dr, Justice for Uyghurs)

Sharareh Afshari (U.S. Representative, IOPHR)

Puneet Ahluwalia (Executive Director, South Asia Minorities Alliance Foundation)

Rasheed Ahmed (Executive Director, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC))

Jeff Anderson (President, International Bible Conference)

Rcom Ayul (Senior member, Build Human Rights for Montagnards)

David Babu (President, Sunshine Ministries)

Jeff Barrows (Senior VP Bioethics and Public Polic, Christian Medical Dental Associations)

Sunjeev Bery (Executive Director, Freedom Forward)

Simon Billenness (Campaign Director, No Business with Genocide)

Ed Brown (Secretary General, Stefanus Alliance International)

Matthew Buondap (Senior member, Montagnards Stand for Justice)

Ann Buwalda (Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign)

Dr William Devlin (CEO, REDEEM!)

Nathan Duddles (Project Director, Silk Road Peace Project)

W. Cole Durham (Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School)

Markus Eban (Member, Montagnards Stand for Justice)

A Ga (Pastor, Evangelical Church of Christ of the Central Highlands of Vietnam)

Max Gelber (Program Director, Uyghur American Association)

Shariq Ghani (Director, Minaret Foundation)

Hamid Gharagozloo (U.S. Representative, International Organization to Preserve Human Rights)

Mike Ghouse (President, Center for Pluralism)

Fr. Joseph Grieboski (Senior Fellow, The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute)

Y Pher Hdrue (Member, Montagnards Stand for Justice)

Carl Herbster (President, AdvanceUSA)

Lauren Homer (President, Law and Liberty International)

Johann Huleatt (Outreach Director, Bruderhof)

Bengisu I (Free Uyghur Now Coalition)

Jonathan Imbody (Director, Freedom2Care)

Abdullam Imerov (Mr, Belgium Uyghur Association)

Dolkun Isa (President, World Uyghur Congress)

David Keene (Editor at Large, The Washington Times)

Muhammad Khan (University of Maryland: College Park Muslim Student Association (UMD MSA)) Mariam Khayata (Secretary, 901 Ummah)

Metodija Koloski (President, United Macedonian Diaspora)

Yunus Kovankaya (Columbia Muslim Students Association)

Omer Kul (Dr. Phd., Isa Yusuf Alptekin Foundation)

Sean Lin (Executive director, Global Alliance Against Communist Propaganda and Disinformation)

Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso (Rev., Patmos Institute)

Faith McDonnell (Director, International Religious Liberty Program, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Greg Mitchell (Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable)

Dr. Russell Moore (President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

Scott Morgan (President, Red Eagle Enterprises)

Dr. Paul Murray (Vice Chair, One Way Churches International)

Linh Nguyen (President, Minh Van Foundation)

Jeannie Nguyen (Washingtonians for Change)

Dung Nguyen (Founding Member, Washingtonians For Change)

Tien Nguyen (Volunteers for Human Rights in Vietnam)

Satoshi Nishihata (Washington Bureau Chief, Happy Science Washington Bureau)

Jenny Noyes (Executive Director, New Wineskins Missionary Network)

Rory O’Connor (President and Chairman, Athenai Institute)

Mehmet Obul (President, Australian Uyghur Association)

Alim Osman (Uyghur Association of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia))

George Parker (Exececutive Director, Revealing Light Ministries)

James Patton (President, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy)

Patrice Pederson (Founder and President, First Freedom Foundation)

Matias Perttula (Director of Advocacy, International Christian Concern)

Quang Pham (Rep., Association for the Advancement of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Vietnam)

John T Pinna (Founder and Executive Director, Muslims For Muslims International)

Benedict Rogers (East Asia Team Leader, CSW)

Mosaab Sadeia (FreeUyghurNow Coalition)

Suzanne Scholte (President, Defense Forum Foundation)

Katie-Jay Scott (Coordinator, Stop Genocide Now)

Erkin Sidick (President, Uyghur Projects Foundation (NPO))

Quoc-Hung Tran, MD (Office of External Relations, Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam)

Thierry Valle (President, Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberte de Conscience) Loan Vo (Coordinator, Buddhist Solidarity Association)

Elizabeth Yore (Founder, YoreChildren)

Hena Zuberi (Director, Justice For All - Save Uighurs Campaign)

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Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joins letter to His Holiness Pope Francis calling on him to recognize the serious implications of any agreement with the People’s Republic of China.


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The Mitchell Firm
42020 Village Center Plaza
Stone Ridge, VA 20105

September 8th, 2020

His Holiness Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

We write as an informal coalition of individuals and organizations to call on the Holy See to recognize the serious implications of any agreement with the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese Communist Party’s continuing war on religion is routinely conducted by means of crimes against humanity. We respectfully suggest that exemplary leadership by the Catholic Church is essential to resolving this tragic situation.

The Chinese authorities have declared their intention to rewrite all religious texts, including the Bible and the Qur’an, to “reflect socialist values” as defined by Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi JinPing. Not only is the regime committing the ongoing genocide of the Uyghur people, it is also continuing its brutal oppression of Tibetans, Mongolians, citizens of Hong Kong, and all who speak out for human rights including the right of religious believers to practice their faith.

On September 26, 2018 Pope Francis sent a message to the Catholics of China, saying that the Church’s aim “in the dialogue with civil authorities is that of ‘building a relationship based on mutual respect and deeper understanding’”.

While the People’s Republic of China has never been truly open to religious practice, in the two years since this message the attitude of authorities in China toward religious freedom has deteriorated significantly. The Beijing regime has no interest in a genuine dialogue with religious believers, and it is painfully apparent that the regime has no respect for the sanctity of any human life. The regime not only persecutes house-church Protestant Christians and “underground” (i.e. faithful) Catholics but imprisons millions of Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps and has been credibly accused of singling out prisoners of conscience who are Falun Gong practitioners for organ harvesting prior to execution.

A decision by the Holy See to regularize the status of the Catholic Church in China by giving official recognition to the government-established and government-controlled “Catholic Patriotic Association” would not only exacerbate the hardships of the Catholic clergy and believers who have courageously resisted the government’s pressure to join this organization, but would also increase the suffering of other persecuted religious believers by allowing the regime to tout the agreement as a seal of approval for the regime’s approach to religion.

We therefore implore the Holy See not to cede the Beijing government any control over the Church in
China. We respectfully request that the Holy See not renew its agreement with the People’s Republic of China at least until such time as the authorities discontinue their campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other grave human rights violations against religious believers.

With great concern,

International Religious Freedom Roundtable


Organizations

Alberta Uyghur Association

Association for the Advancement of Freedom of
Religion or Belief in Vietnam (AAFoRB-VN)

Athenai Institute

Australian Uyghur Association

Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association

Austria Uyghur Association

Belgium Uyghur Association

Boat People SOS

Buddhist Solidarity Association

Build Human Rights for Montagnards

Campaign for Uyghurs

Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam

Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need
(CSRDN)

China Against the Death Penalty

China Aid

Christian Freedom International

Christian Medical & Dental Associations

The Church of Almighty God

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

Citizen Power Initiatives for China-公民力量

Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA)

Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Committee on the Present Danger: China

Con Dau Parishioners Association

Coordination Des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberte de Conscience

Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation

East Turkistan Association of Canada

East Turkistan Immigrants Association

East Turkistan National Awakening Movement East Turkistan Union in Europe

Faith & Liberty D.C.

Free Uyghur Student Coalition

Freedom2Care

GPF Kurdistan

Humanitarian China

Institute of China Studies (ICS) International Christian Concern

International Christian Foundation for Democracy

International Support for Uyghurs

Islamic Council of Christmas Island, Australia

Islamic Council of Queensland, Australia

Islamic Council of Victoria

Islamic Society of South Australia

Japan Uyghur Association

Jubilee Campaign USA

Junior Sacerdotal Council of the Cao Dai Religion

Justice for Uyghurs

Keep Taiwan Free

The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Minaret Foundation

Minh Van Foundation

Montagnards Stand for Justice

Muslims for Progressive Values

The Nation's Mosque

Patmos Institute

People's Empowerment Foundation, Thailand

Save the Persecuted Christians

South Asia Minorities Alliance Foundation

Students for a Free Tibet

Sydney Uyghur Community

Stichting Vietnam Human Rights Foundation

Tasmanian Muslim Association, Australia

United Macedonian Diaspora

United Muslims of New South Wales, Australia

Uyghur Academy

Uyghur Academy Australia

Uyghur Academy USA

Uyghur Academy Europe

Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Association of Victoria, Australia

Uyghur Freedom Forum

Uyghur Human Rights Project

Uyghur Projects Foundation

Uyghur Rally

Vancouver Uyghur Association

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Vietnam Coalition Against Torture

Vietnamese Women for Human Rights

World Uyghur Congress


Individuals

Teng Biao, Human Rights Scholar and Lawyer,
United States of America

Dr. Erkin Sidick, United States of America

Dr. Rishat Abbas, United States of America

Dr. William Devlin, CEO, Redeem, United States of America

David A. Keene, Editor-at-Large, The Washington Times, United States of America

Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, USAF-Retired

Fr. Joseph K. Grieboski, Senior Fellow, The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute

Greg Mitchell, Chair, International Religious Freedom Forum

Leigh Cummins, United States of America

Chaplain Rev. Nguyen

Hailong Liu, China

Kirsten Barak, Madison, MS, USA

John Csukás, United States of America

Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., Canada

Tanaaz Mistry, Singapore

Fiza Farheen, India

Md Azhar, India

Elizabeth M. Wu, United States of America

Roma Hashime, United Kingdom

Yosra Kamel, Egypt

Rija Qureshi, United States of America

Ashraf Kapoor, India

Isma Zafar, United Kingdom

Mahmut Anwar, Australia

Aliya Abdukadir, Australia

Daniela Wong, Panama

Amreen Shaikh, India

Roha Abrar, Canada

Mevlana Kreka, Switzerland

Rebecca Azad, United Kingdom

Michelle Seul-Ahmed, United Kingdom

Mukhshif Sharik, United States of America

Hamid Gharagozloo, International Organization to Preserve Human Rights

Luis Lopez, United States of America

Michael Hartman, United States of America

Mohammad Rahman, United Kingdom

Maheen Shakil, United States of America

Sonu Adal Khan, India

Georgia Allen, Belfast4Uyghurs, Northern Ireland

Alina Hasan, United States

Elizabeth Yore, Yore Children

Professor Thomas Kellenberg, Executive Director at Notre Dame Washington Program,
United States of America

David Anderson, M.P. Canada (retired), Founder and Believer freetobelieve.ca

Frank J. Gaffney, President, Save the Persecuted
Christians

Farahnaz Ispahani, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute Washington, DC

Scott Morgan, United States of America

Dan Tran, Chair of All Charitable Foundation, United States of America

Paul Nguyen, Catholic, United States of America

Peter Trinh, Former Catholic Seminarian and victim of persecution in Vietnam, United States of America

Tien Nguyen, United States of America

Hien T Ngo, Catholic, Chair Committee for

Religious Freedom in Vietnam, United States of
America

Minh V Nguyen, United States of America

Kyle Olbert, United States of America

Rushan Abbas, United States of America

Trang Khanh Tran, United States of America

Tuan Nguyen, Catholic, United States of America

Van Ngo, Catholic, United States of America

Pastor A Ga, Former Victim of Religious Persecution in Vietnam

Julie Millsap, United States of America

Gail Helt, United States of America

Abdulhakim Idris, United States of America

Ziba Murat, United States of America

Abibul Osman, United States of America

Stuart Morgan, Australia

Dara Davigne, United States of America

Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso of the
Patmos Institute, United States of America

Matthew Wiszowaty, United States of America

Aasiya Shafeek, India

Rabbi David Rosen, International Co-President,
Religions for Peace, Jerusalem

Ahmad Omar bin, Singapore

Bryn Marie Bowen, United States of America

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Laureate of 2011 Asia

Democracy and Human Rights Award, United
States of America

Vincent Liem Ly, Catholic, United States of America

Le-Anh Nguyen, Catholic, United States of America

Le-Phuong Nguyen, Catholic, United States of
America

Van Nguyen, Catholic, United States of America

Uyen Lu, human rights advocate, Netherlands

Keyim Yasin, Australia

Hai-y Le, United States of America

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Church of Scientology joins attack on The People’s Republic of China: „DON’T FUND OUR ENEMY.“

Church of Scientology joins attack on The People’s Republic of China: „DON’T FUND OUR ENEMY.“

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Church of Scientology joins attack on The People’s Republic of China: „DON’T FUND OUR ENEMY.“


WASHINGTON, D.C.—On April 25th, 134 influential government, military, business and public policy leaders, freedom-fighters and other, patriotic citizens sent an open letter to President Trump expressing their strong opposition to the imminent investment of the retirement funds of military personnel, active and retired, and past and present civilian federal government employees in “malevolent” Chinese companies. The letter, which was sponsored by the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC), calls on Mr. Trump to prevent such Thrift Savings Plan funds from “enriching the Chinese Communist Party [CCP], and enabling its further malevolence directed at the United States.

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and signed by:
Susan Taylor
National Public Affairs Director
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

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Church of Scientology joins letter demanding that Congress support legislation to abolish forced labor programs in China.


Coalition demands Congress support legislation to abolish forced labor programs in China


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A coalition of 150 organizations, religious leaders, scholars and human rights advocates who are participants in the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable (www.irfroundtable.org)in Washington, DC, sent a signed multi-faith letter


to Members of Congress imploring them to support the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R.6210/S.3471). The letter briefly stated the situation of oppression in China and urged the Members to contact Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the sponsors of the bills. The coalition praised Congress this week for passing the House Bill H.R. 6210 and turned its advocacy to the Senate.

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Rev. Susan Taylor from the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, DC, an active member of the IRF Roundtable, added, “It is up to each of us to continue to stand up for those who cannot speak out for themselves. Religious and ethnic suppression must cease in China. This legislation will be but one step.”

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Scientologist and Scientology lobbyist Greg Mitchell is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.


Members


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As Tony Ortega has noted, Greg Mitchell, himself a Scientologist, is a registered lobbyist for Scientology who received half a million dollars from the church over five years. He co-founded the International Relgious Freedom Roundtable in 2p10.
 

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Church of Scientology joins letter demanding that Congress support legislation to abolish forced labor programs in China.


Coalition demands Congress support legislation to abolish forced labor programs in China


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A coalition of 150 organizations, religious leaders, scholars and human rights advocates who are participants in the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable (www.irfroundtable.org)in Washington, DC, sent a signed multi-faith letter


to Members of Congress imploring them to support the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R.6210/S.3471). The letter briefly stated the situation of oppression in China and urged the Members to contact Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the sponsors of the bills. The coalition praised Congress this week for passing the House Bill H.R. 6210 and turned its advocacy to the Senate.

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Rev. Susan Taylor from the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, DC, an active member of the IRF Roundtable, added, “It is up to each of us to continue to stand up for those who cannot speak out for themselves. Religious and ethnic suppression must cease in China. This legislation will be but one step.”

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I agree with the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office and disagree with Apple.

As I have previously noted, the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has repeatedly expressed its support for the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act:

Church of Scientology joins attack on The People's Republic of China: "DON'T FUND OUR ENEMY."

Church of Scientology joins attack on The People's Republic of China: "DON'T FUND OUR ENEMY."


Today, the Washington Post is reporting that Apple is lobbying against the Act, trying to weaken it..

Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/11/20/apple-uighur/

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Apple lobbyists are trying to weaken a new law aimed at preventing forced labor in China, according to two congressional staffers familiar with the matter, highlighting the clash between its business imperatives and its official stance on human rights.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would require U.S. companies to guarantee they do not use imprisoned or coerced workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, where academic researchers estimate the Chinese government has placed more than 1 million people into internment camps. Apple is heavily dependent on Chinese manufacturing, and human rights reports have identified instances in which alleged forced Uighur labor has been used in Apple’s supply chain.

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The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office and the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights join petition to Excellency Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, on behalf of Baolige Wurina and his family, who are facing deportation from Sweden to China. The Petition asserts that Baolige fled to Sweden ten years ago from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China (IMAR), after facing persecution from Chinese authorities for his rights activism. Since arriving in Sweden, Swedish authorities have refused to grant him asylum and ordered his deportation.

SWEDEN: Facing deportation back to China – 17 NGOs write to Prime Minister

by admin_HRWF | Feb 10, 2021


SWEDEN: Facing deportation back to China – 17 NGOs write to Prime Minister | Human Rights Without Frontiers


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A petition to Excellency Stefan Lo fven Prime Minister of Sweden organized by the Freedom of Religion or Belief Roundtable Brussels-EU ̈

Dear Prime Minister,

Brussels, the 8th of February 2020 (sic)

The undersigned organizations wish to express their deep concern about the case of Baolige Wurina and his family, who are facing deportation from Sweden.

As you know, China continues what Human Rights Watch has called “the worst human rights crackdown in the post-Tiananmen period. If Wurina is deported to China, he is almost certain to face incarceration and torture, and Sweden will have violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Baolige fled to Sweden ten years ago from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China (IMAR), after facing persecution from Chinese authorities for his rights activism. Since arriving in Sweden, Swedish authorities have refused to grant him asylum and ordered his deportation. Baolige and his wife, together with their two children, are waiting now for the Migration Court of Appeal—the last instance to decide on asylum cases in Sweden—to decide whether he will be granted Swedish protection. If the court decides on deportation, the family will be split apart. While Baolige will be sent to China, his wife, who is Mongolian, will be sent to Mongolia with their children.

Swedish authorities claim that Baolige is unable to prove that Chinese authorities constitute a threat towards him personally, even though Baolige has continued his rights activism in Sweden. He has participated in protests against China in front of the Chinese embassy, where he says embassy staff photographed the protesters. Swedish authorities have rejected the claim as “speculation,” even though China is known for its surveillance and targeting of citizens who have fled the country.

The case law of the European Court of Human Rights requires the Swedish court to examine the consequences of sending Baolige back to China, bearing in mind not only his personal circumstances, which certainly seem to warrant Swedish protection, but also the general situation in China.

The decision to deport Baolige seems based on a misreading of the general situation in Inner Mongolia—perhaps because China’s human rights abuses there are less known than those committed in Tibet and Xinjiang—but the situation is very grave and Sweden’s embassy in China appears fully aware of that. On December 10, the embassy published a statement by the EU delegation in China:

The EU… continues to be gravely concerned about the serious deterioration of the human rights situation in Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia [our emphasis]. In addition to reports on continued large-scale extra-judicial detentions, severe and systemic restrictions on freedom of expression and association, and on freedom of religion or belief, there are growing concerns about the alleged use of forced labour, forced family separations and forced sterilization.

This fall China initiated a “dual language” policy in IMAR, similar to measures previously taken in Tibet and Xinjiang, according to which Chinese is now the language of instruction in primary and secondary school for numerous subjects previously taught in Mongolian. The policy caused widespread protests in IMAR and a subsequent crackdown by Chinese authorities. The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Centre (SMHRIC) estimates that 8,000-10,000 ethnic Mongolians have been placed under some form of police custody in IMAR since late August.

“The punitive measures…” wrote the SMHRIC, “include mass arrest, arbitrary detention, forced disappearance…house arrest…termination of employment, removal from official positions… and denial of access to financial resources…”

“Methods of coerced assimilation via police-state tactics, which have been used extensively in Xinjiang and Tibet, are now also being enforced in Inner Mongolia,” according to Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam, an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in a report for the Jamestown Foundation in September. “…Other harsh measures already used include: the imprisonment of political dissidents; closure of anti-Beijing social media chat rooms; and even the collection of DNA from ethnic minority residents.”

Minister of Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, was recently asked whether the Swedish government would cease deportations to Inner Mongolia. “I note,” responded Johansson, “that the system we have for asylum review in Sweden contains effective guarantees to ensure a legally secure process.”

That does not appear to be the case, however, when Swedish migration authorities clearly lack crucial information in their decision-making process. Such lack of information has already had tragic consequences: We must remind you that in 2012, Sweden deported two Uyghurs who had participated in demonstrations in Sweden in front of the Chinese embassy, just like Baolige. “I know that they had participated in demonstrations held by the Swedish Uyghur community in front of the Chinese embassy in Stockholm,” World Uyghur Congress spokesman Dilshat Raxit said at the time. “This is enough fodder for the Chinese authorities to punish them severely”. The two Uyghurs were never seen or heard from again. The tragedy forced Sweden to temporarily stop the deportations of Uyghurs to China.

We fear that Baolige may have to pay with his life in order for Sweden to stop the deportations of ethnic Mongolians to China. We respectfully ask for your attention and, if possible, your assistance to prevent this deportation.

Most respectfully,

Organizations

All Faiths Network UKBitter Winter, a daily magazine on religious liberty

CAP Freedom of Conscience – CAPLC

Center For Studies on Freedom of Religion Belief and Conscience (LIREC)

CESNUR – Center for Studies on New Religions

China Aid

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office Washington, DC

European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom – EIFRF

European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights

FOREF – Forum for Religious Forum Europe

Fundacion para la Mejora de la Vida, la Cultura y la Sociedad

Human Rights Without Frontiers – HRWF Int’

lInternational Human Rights Committee – IHRC

Jubilee Campaign USA

Jubilee Campaign Netherlands

ORLIR – International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees

Universal Peace Federation The Netherlands (UPF NL)

Individuals

Stephen Eric Bronner
Co-Director International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue

Dr. Jan van Butselaar

General Secretary (ret.) International Association for Mission Studies

Hulda Fahmi
International Director Set My People Free

Dr Joanne Smith Finley
Reader in Chinese Studies Newcastle University, UK

Scott Morgan
President Red Eagle Enterprises

Aaron Rhodes
President FOREF EUROPE

Enrique Miguel Sanchez Motos
President Pensadores Sin Fronteras

Bachittar Singh Ughrha,
Founder and President,Center for defence of human rights. Founder and Vice President, Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Geneva, Switzerland.

Martin Weightman
Director All Faith Network UK

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