From The Epoch Times
Hong Kong media was noticeably silent after U.S. ambassador for religious freedom Sam Brownback gave a speech at the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club on March 8.
In his speech, Brownback called on Beijing to end all forms of religious persecution in China, saying, “The Chinese government is at war of faith. It is a war they will not win.”
He mentioned the human rights abuses perpetrated on persecuted groups such as Catholics, Muslims, Tibetans, and practitioners of the spiritual meditation practice Falun Gong.
“The Chinese government detained and reportedly tortured Falun Gong practitioners with credible estimates putting the number of Falun Gong practitioners in prison in the thousands,” Brownback said.
According to the Hong Kong bureau of The Epoch Times, several political heavyweights attended the event, including Kurt Tong, consul general of the United States to Hong Kong and Macau; Martin Lee, founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party; and Dennis Kwok, a member of Hong Kong’s legislative council and a founding member of the local Civic Party.