International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw marks the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief.  Poland’s leadership at the UN General Assembly in New York was essential in establishing this day, which the UN designated following the unprecedented rise of violence around the world against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities.  As U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stressed at this year’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom: “Fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble, and to teach the tenets of his or her own faith is not optional – indeed, it is a moral imperative that this be permitted.  All people from every place on the globe must be permitted to practice their faith openly – in their homes, in their places of worship, in the public square – and believe what they want to believe.”