NEW YORK, Sep. 23 (DPA / EP) –
The US president, Donald Trump, has defended on Monday that the rights of people do not emanate from governments but from God and has called for an end to religious persecution throughout the world in an act on the margins of the General Assembly of the ONU.
“Our rights do not emanate from the Government, they emanate from God,” Trump defended in the 'Global call to protect religious freedom' meeting.
“Today, with a clear voice, the United States calls on the nations of the world to end religious persecution,” he said, denouncing that 80 percent of the world's population faces restrictions on religious freedom.
US Vice President Mike Pence has introduced Trump and stressed that in several countries – all US adversaries including Iran, China, Nicaragua and Venezuela – religious freedoms are under attack.
He has also referred to the suffering of the Yazidis, an Iraqi religious minority that was massacred by the Islamic State terrorist group.