About 80 percent of world lives in areas where religious freedom is ‘highly restricted,’ report says
While there have been significant improvements, the majority of the world is facing rising religious persecution, with nearly 80 percent of the world's population living in areas where the right to religious freedom is highly restricted.
"In Iran, the regime's crackdown on the Baha'is, Christians, and others continue to shock the conscience. In Russia, Jehovah's Witnesses were absurdly and abhorrently branded as terrorists, as authorities confiscated their property and then threatened their families. In Burma, Rohingya Muslims continue to face violence at the hands of the military. Hundreds of thousands have fled or been forced to live in overcrowded refugee camps," Pompeo said. "And in China, the government's intense persecution of many faiths - Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists among them is the norm. The Chinese Communist Party has exhibited extreme hostility to all religious faiths since its founding. The party demands that it alone be called God."
The Trump Administration launched the International Religious Freedom Fund, which has received millions of dollars to support victims of persecution.