10/25/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hear from Rashad Hussain, whom the Biden administration has appointed to serve as the next roving ambassador for international religious freedom. The post was previously held by Ambassador Sam Brownback under President Trump.
The hearing agenda will include several more nominations and will be closed to in-person viewers. It will be made available for online viewing.
Rashad is a Muslim of Native American descent and would be the first Muslim to hold this post if confirmed.
In July, the Biden administration announcement his appointment to Hussain, a diplomat serving as director of partnerships and global engagement at the National Security Council. He has a long history in government, most notably as a senior legal adviser in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division during the Obama administration. He has also served as United States Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, United States Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications and Deputy Assistant White House Adviser.
During the Trump administration, Ambassador Brownback launched several new initiatives that energized the global movement for religious freedom like never before. These initiatives included the launch of the International Alliance for Religious Freedom as well as the annual Ministerial Meeting for the Promotion of International Religious Freedom hosted by the State Department, which has now been hosted by partner governments around the world.
Ambassador Brownback also motivated many civil society organizations working to advance international religious freedom. His almost weekly participation in the International Roundtable on Religious Freedom, an informal weekly meeting with civil society leaders and victims of persecution, gave a much needed audience to a community passionate about promoting the IRF for all. denominations around the world.
Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy at International Christian Concern, said: “The ICC welcomes the appointment of Rashad Hussain as the new Goodwill Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. We sincerely hope to see his leadership continue the work of his predecessor in ensuring that everyone in the world has the freedom to live by the religious beliefs he has chosen throughout his life. The United States must protect this right not only for its own citizens, but also for those around the world who are denied this freedom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in the world, and we hope that Mr. Hussain will stand up for their freedoms and freedoms in countries like Pakistan, India, Nigeria and elsewhere, regardless of whether they were born into a Christian family. or whether they decided to follow Jesus later in life.
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