Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 25, 2020 / 12:30 pm
The U.S. religious freedom ambassador has warned against governments using the pandemic to crack down on religious minorities, in remarks on Friday during the United Nations General Assembly.
Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, spoke at an online event "Answering the Call to Protect Religious Freedom" event, held during the 2020 UN General Assembly.
In a review of the developments of global religious freedom in the past year, Brownback noted that the U.S. has "urged governments to make sure members of religious minority groups are not discriminated against during the pandemic," whether through scapegoating of minority groups for the spread of the virus or unnecessary restrictions on their access to worship.
He also stated his concern of the increased use of technology to restrict religious freedom.