Envoy to U.K. underlines Taiwan's commitment to religious freedom

07/07/2022 11:01 AM
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Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan's top envoy to the United Kingdom on Wednesday pledged that the country will continue to defend all kinds of freedoms, while attending the 2022 International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief held in London.

Representative Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵) told the conference that Taiwan would stand tall and proud in defending the many freedoms that have come "under assault by authoritarian regimes," according to a Facebook post made by Taiwan's representative office in U.K.

"But we cannot do it alone. It is imperative that like-minded countries, like those of us gathered here today, come together in solidarity," he said.

"Taiwan will continue to pursue this endeavor as we know that the freedom and diversity of religious practices in Taiwan allow us to stand out as a democracy," Hsieh added.

Hsieh's comments were made during the second day of the two-day International Ministerial Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference organized by the British government.

Pusin Tali, Taiwan's ambassador-at-large for religious freedom who heads the Taipei-based Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary, also attended the conference with Hsieh.

Hsieh was one of the 42 countries/NGOs that delivered their respective national pledges at the event, which was the first in-person International Ministerial Conference on this issue since 2019.

Previous ministerial-level conferences were held by the United States in 2018 and 2019, and in virtual format by Poland in 2020.

Taiwan has participated in all previous three editions of the conference.

The conference aims to strengthen international efforts to ensure freedom of religion or belief worldwide and to raise awareness of the current challenges to this fundamental human right, its relevance to other human rights, and best practices in preventing violations and protecting it, according to the conference's website.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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