Joint Concurrence Statement on Persecution of Minority Communities in the Middle East

Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, read the following statement on behalf of a cross-regional group.

Thank Mr. President. I am delivering this statement on behalf of a like-minded cross-regional group of 40 states.

We share the well-founded concern about the situation facing Christians and members of other minority communities in the Middle East expressed in the previous statement. Cognizant that Muslims comprise the majority of victims of terrorism and persecution in the Middle East, we speak separately to underscore that our concern extends to all people facing persecution, without regard to religion or ethnicity.”

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The statement above was signed by the following countries.

Albania

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Sierra Leone

Slovenia

Somalia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

UK

Ukraine

USA

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