Its been over a year since President Obama was inaugurated, yet he still has not appointed an for International Religious Freedom.
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With the recent release of the 2010 World Watch List, we have decided to launch this crucial advocacy campaign. As your eyes are opened to the breadth and severity of persecution worldwide exposed in the World Watch List, this petition is one huge way you can make a difference for persecuted Christians.
In leaving this important position unfilled while appointing multiple czars for various other issues, the president has demonstrated that religious freedom is not a high priority on his agenda. Yet, not appointing an ambassador is in contravention of U.S. law.
Please act today and sign our petition asking President Obama to appoint an Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom immediately!
In 1998, a unique piece of legislation was passed and signed into law by President Bill Clinton called the International Religious Freedom Act. This bill created a special office, the Office of International Religious Freedom, within the State Department. This department researches and tracks the state of religious freedom in every country of the world except for the U.S., and produces annual reports on each country.
Each year, this department announces a list of the worst violators of religious freedom called Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). The government has a wide variety of options available to work with each country to improve religious freedom, including creating agreements or imposing sanctions on these CPCs.
The Ambassador at Large overseas this department, engages in diplomacy with countries that suppress religious freedom, helps negotiate within the U.S. government to determine which countries should be named as CPCs, and advises on U.S. policy towards each of these countries.
Considering the many religious conflicts around the world and the many Christians and people of other faiths who are persecuted for their beliefs, it is unconscionable that President Obama has failed to fill this position.
Please join with Open Doors and sign our petition to President Obama, urging that he not delay in appointing a qualified Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
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Supporters around the world were shocked on March 27, 2010, whenspoke with his family for the first time since he was abducted on February 4 last year. Media buzzed with news of his reappearance, as Gao Zhisheng connected with friends, family, reporters and colleagues. But even this brief reprieve from silence was not free.
"Gao was being held under tight security during the time he spoke with his family," says President of ChinaAid Bob Fu. "When I spoke with him on the phone in March, he was being closely monitored, not at liberty to give details about his location or condition."
On April 15 and 16, Gao Zhisheng visited his in-laws in Xinjiang, telling them he would be flying home to Beijing at 10 AM on April 20. Gao never arrived home at his apartment, and has not been seen or heard from in more than 8 weeks. See the media reports on Gao Zhisheng's forced "Re-Disappearance."
Now that he has disappeared again, it is clear that Gao's life is in danger as long as he is in the custody of the Chinese government. During this complex and difficult time, efforts are already in progress to push for Gao's release from China and for a safe reunion with his family in the United States.
"We continue to denounce the Chinese Government's brutal and unjust treatment of Gao Zhisheng!" says Bob Fu. "We will not rest until Gao is released and allowed to reunite with his wife and children in peace."
Please urge more of your friends to Sign the Petition and let the Chinese Government know that Gao Zhisheng is not forgotten. We must show them that the world will not allow this defender of truth and justice to fade from our hearts and minds. We will not rest until he is united with his family.
ChinaAid also humbly asks for your continued financial support. Long-term projects like Gao's case can be costly, and we cannot afford to lose momentum now. Please help Free Gao with a financial contribution today.