ICC hosts event in collaboration with Hungary Helps Programme
This week, the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom is in full force, hosted virtually by the government of Poland. During day one of the Ministerial on Monday, government officials representing numerous countries presented statements of commitment to international religious freedom.
Members of the civil society along with members of the US government continue the programme informing attendees on pertinent topics and issues.
International Christian Concern (ICC) hosted a successful programme with the Hungarian Government’s relief programme “Hungary Helps” on Monday morning highlighting the need for more humanitarian aid for the persecuted Christians worldwide. The event also covered other aspects, including how the implementation of humanitarian aid helps to preserve and build the climate of religious freedom in countries where persecution is rampant.
The event hosted Tristan Azbej (State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office from the Government of Hungary), Jeff King (President of ICC), Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah (Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria), Todd Chasteen (Vice President for Policy and General Council, Samaritan’s Purse), Samah Norquist (Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom to the Administrator of USAID), Baroness Caroline Cox (CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust), Ewelina Ochab (Human Rights Advocate, Coalition for Genocide Response) as well as ICC’s own field expert working on the ground in Nigeria.
This initiative is certainly necessary as people are consistently oppressed across the world, many are attacked and displaced largely because of their religious identity or chosen faith. Religious minorities are regularly marginalised, looked down upon, and treated as second-class citizens because they are not a part of the majority faith community.