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RELEASE – Save the Persecuted Christians Urges President Trump to Address Christian Persecution at 75th UNGA

Save the Persecuted Christians | September 16, 2020

We Pray the President Will Speak Specifically to Genocidal Violence Against 327 Million Christians Worldwide

WASHINGTON — Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), a leading international human rights advocacy group which advocates on behalf of hundreds of millions of persecuted Christians worldwide, is calling on President Donald Trump to put the world’s persecutors of Christians on notice that they will be held accountable and experience real costs for their crimes against humanity.

This year marks the 75th session, the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which opened Sept. 15 at 3pm ET. In a change from all previous years, this year’s assembly is mostly virtual, with seating available for only one or two officials per U.N. member state, whereas in previous years there were six. President Donald Trump plans to speak at the Assembly.

In a White House press briefing, President Donald Trump described his speech as an important one and that he was “thinking about going directly to the UN to do the speech,” since he feels that appearing in-person would better represent the United States. He feels he has an “obligation” to attend if able to do so.

According to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Trump would be one of only a handful of live speakers, and “the only world leader to be speaking in person.” She also stated that America’s priorities during the 2020 Assembly are “human rights and transparency.”

“This affords President Trump the perfect opportunity and venue to sound the alarm and shine a spotlight on the urgent message about worldwide Christian Persecution, to address the persecution of millions of people who are still suffering often violent and even murderous violence, simply for believing in Jesus.” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “We call upon President Trump to use his UNGA address to put on notice the governments who persecute Christians, or enable those who do, by announcing that, henceforth, the United States will hold them accountable and impose real costs for their crimes against humanity.”

The U.S. is slated to kick off the “general debate” speeches, which begin on September 22 and go through September 29. “Viewing Mr. Trump’s address will be representatives of scores of nations whose governments either persecute Christians or tolerate those who do,” continued Laugesen. “With a few well-chosen words, the president may be able to affect materially the behavior of such states and the plight of the Christians who suffer at their hands.”

Save the Persecuted Christians is urging Americans of all faiths and no faiths at all to join them in urging the president to use his UNGA speech to clarify and amplify U.S. policy with regard not just to religious freedom in general but to the plight most aggressively and viciously denied it—the world’s Christians.

The mission of  STPC is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.

With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, including Christians in the Middle East, China, and Nigeria, to name a few, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression.

Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christiansendeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.


To interview a Save the Persecuted Christians representative, contact, Patrick Benner