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The I.M.F.C. Joins Urgent Call for Sanctions on Chinese Military Companies

China's new National Security Law for Hong Kong just went into effect. This is an urgent crisis that represents a clear and present danger to religious freedom and all other fundamental rights and freedoms.

In response, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable organized an emergency meeting and launched a multi-faith letter urging President Trump to impose "real and material costs on the CCP" for smothering freedom in Hong Kong.

The International Multi-Faith Coalition (I.M.F.C.) joined this letter which reproduce in full here:

The Honorable Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write as an informal group of organizations and individuals who are religious and secular leaders, scholars, human rights attorneys, advocates, and activists to express our deepest concerns about the urgent crisis in Hong Kong, which represents a clear and present danger to religious freedom and all other fundamental rights and freedoms.

You have rightly said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “absolutely smothering” freedom in Hong Kong and that such behavior will not go unpunished. We have nonetheless reached the day the communist regime actualizes this unacceptable crackdown with its formal adoption of a national security law that violates China’s international treaty commitments and that will render this once-free territory just another enslaved Chinese city suffering savage oppression. We must not allow this to happen without imposing real and material costs on the CCP.

Fortunately, the Defense Department has just illuminated a way in which this can be swiftly accomplished—one that both conforms to longstanding U.S. statutory requirements and unmistakably demonstrates our resolve. As you know, on June 24, the Pentagon produced a list of twenty “Communist Chinese military companies” that are doing business, directly or indirectly, in this country. Pursuant to P.L. 105-261, Sec. 1237, you are expressly authorized to utilize the powers invested in the President by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to penalize such People’s Liberation Army-tied corporations. By swiftly shutting down their operations inside the United States and terminating their access to our capital markets, you can simultaneously advance our national security interests and deliver a strong response to the CCP suppression of Hong Kong.

We are a truly multi-faith group of organizations and individuals, representing an extremely broad diversity of theological views and political positions. But we all agree on the importance of religious freedom for all persons and communities. It strengthens cultures and provides the foundation for stable democracies and their components, including civil society, social harmony, safety and security, and economic development and prosperity. This is a major contributor to the national security of the United States.

We urge you to take this action immediately as a much needed and very tangible demonstration of our nation’s solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and those elsewhere in China who are already being denied religious and other freedoms.

We thank you for your commitment to advancing international religious freedom and for your thoughtful consideration of this emergency multi-faith request to send a message to the CCP and the world that we will exact a high price for crushing freedom.


Greg Mitchell


International Religious Freedom Roundtable




All Pro Pastors International

Assoc. for Advancement of FoRB in Vietnam (AAFoRB)

Athenai Institute

Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China

Boat People SOS - Religious Freedom Project

Bryan Hickox Pictures, Inc.

Center for Civil Liberties

CESNUR, Center for Studies on New Religions

Christian Freedom International

The Church of Almighty God

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

Conscience Coalition

Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience

Defense Forum Foundation

East Turkistan National Awakening Movement

Faith & Liberty DC

Friends of Falun Gong

Happy Science Washington Bureau

Healing For The Nations

Institute on Religion and Democracy

International Bible Conference

International Christian Concern

International Christian Foundation for Democracy

The International Multi-Faith Coalition (I.M.F.C.)

International Society for Peace and Justice

Investors Against Genocide


Jubilee Campaign USA

Justice For All

Law and Liberty International

Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque

Mission Africa International

Mission America

Moral Action Ministry

National Association of Evangelicals

National Youth Council of Nigeria


North Korea Freedom Coalition

ORLIR, International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees

Revealing Lights Ministries

South Asia Minorities Alliance Foundation

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

St. Nicholas Freedom Group

Sunshine Ministries

Taiwan Association for China Human Rights

UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Victims of Communism

Vietnam Coalition Against Torture

Vietnamese Women for Human Rights


With title and organization for identification purposes

Rushan Abbas

Founder and Executive Director

Campaign for Uyghurs

Rasheed Ahmed

Executive Director

Indian American Muslim Council

Pastor Jeff Anderson


International Bible Conference

Shaker AR



David Babu

Founder and President

Sunshine Ministries

Eric Cohen

Chairperson and Cofounder

Investors Against Genocide

Bob Fu

Founder and President

China Aid Association

Frank J. Gaffney

President and CEO

Save the Persecuted Christians

Hamid Gharagozloo


Fr. Joseph K. Grieboski

Senior Fellow

The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute

Dr. S. Bryan Hickox

President and CEO

Bryan Hickox Pictures, Inc.

Lauren Homer


Law and Liberty International

Jonathan Imbody



Henry Jones


International Christian Foundation for Democracy

Omer Kanat

Executive Director

Uyghur Human Rights Project

David A. Keene

Editor at Large

Washington Times

Metodija A. Koloski


United Macedonian Diaspora

Larry Lerner


UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Xiaoxu Sean Lin

Executive Director

Global Alliance Against Communist Propaganda and Disinformation

Thomas Marsh (Tang Mashi)


Paul Marshall


Baylor University

Brent McBurney

President and CEO

Advocates International, Inc.

Faith McDonnell

Director, International Religious Liberty Program

Institute on Religion and Democracy

Scott Morgan


Red Eagle Enterprises

Allen Morris

Executive Director

Concerned Methodists

Dr. Paul Murray

Vice President

Global Peace Foundation

Satoshi Nishihata

Washington Bureau Chief

Happy Science Washington Bureau

Rory O’Connor

President and Chairman

Athenai Institute

George Parker

Executive Director

Revealing Lights Ministries

Patrice J. Pederson


First Freedom Foundation

Paul Pickern


All Pro Pastors International

Suzanne Sholte


Defense Forum Foundation

Katrina Lantos Swett


Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Valle Thierry


Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience

Travis Weber

Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs

Family Research Council

Frank Wolf

Member of Congress 1981-2014, retired

Sen-Hong Yang


Taiwan Association for China Human Rights

Dr. Jianli Yang

Founder and President

Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Elmer Gongyi Yuan

Hong Kong entrepreneur and key opinion leader

cc: Vice President Mike Pence

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

National Security Advisor to the President Robert O’Brien

National Economic Council Director

IRFR Letter to POTUS on Hong Kong Final
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