Monday, January 23, 2012

Speech by John Baird Monday Cites Canada's Concerns About Religious Suppression in China

Foreign Minister John Baird renewed his criticism of China's crackdown on religious freedom in a speech Monday in London.

"In China, we see Roman Catholic priests, Christian clergy and their laity, worshipping outside of state-sanctioned boundaries, who are continually subject to raids, arrests, and detention," Baird said in a prepared text.

"We see Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetan Buddhists, and Uyghur Muslims face harassment, and physical intimidation. These abhorrent acts fly in the face of our core principals, our core values."

1 comment:

MD said...

I laughed out loud when I read Baird's comments in the paper. Was it not the Harper government that wanted accredited journalists in the Parliamentary Press gallery from the Falun Gong-related media to be excluded from a press conference when Hu visited Ottawa last time. In the end, when the Press Gallery refused to exclude them the press conference was cancelled. So much for standing up for religious rights.