Center Senior Fellow to Testify Before House International Relations Committee On Saudi Arabia, Iraq And Vietnam
October 5, 2004
by Center for Religious Freedom
Dr. Paul Marshall, senior fellow of Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, will testify tomorrow before the House International Relations Committee, on the State Department's Country Report on Religious Freedom.
In his testimony Dr. Marshall will focus on six countries—Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Egypt, China and Iraq—with particular emphasis on new developments in Vietnam, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
The full Committee hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.
Dr. Marshall, in welcoming Vietnam’s designation as a “country of particular concern,” will point to evidence that Vietnamese authorities continue to carry out anti-Christian persecution against Hmong and Montagnard ethnic minorities.
Dr. Marshall will also speak to growing evidence of ethnic cleansing against native ChaldoAssyrian Christians in Iraq. Tens of thousands of ChaldoAssyrians are believed to have fled Iraq since coordinated church bombings in Mosul and Baghdad during Sunday worship services on August 1. Approximately 800,000 Christians remain in Iraq, constituting the largest non-Muslim minority.
Dr. Marshall will also bring attention to proposals of the ChaldoAssyrian community, including the creation of a safe haven in Iraq, as described in Article 53D of the Transitional Administrative Law.
Dr. Marshall will also welcome the addition of Saudi Arabia to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern.” He will discuss an issue not addressed in the State Department’s recent report on global religious freedom: the world-wide proliferation by Saudi Arabia of an ideology of religious hatred against Christians, Jews and other religious believers including moderate Muslims.
The Center for Religious Freedom is currently preparing a report on Saudi-propagated Wahhabi materials that have been collected from mosques in the United States.
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