UN / TRUMP RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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Hosting a high-level meeting on the protection of religious freedoms at United Nations Headquarters, United States President Donald Trump said “no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions,” but added that “the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.” UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / TRUMP RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wider shot, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump and US officials walk up to the dais
4. Med shot, Ivanka trump and US officials
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, President, United States:
“The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government, they come from god. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our declaration of independence and enshrined in the first amendment to our constitution’s bill of rights. Our founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.”
6. Med shot, audience
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, President, United States:
“America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts. As President, protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been.”
8. Wide shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, President, United States:
“We are also urging every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities. There can be no greater crime than that. This includes measures to prevent the intentional destruction of religious and relics. Today, the Trump Administration will dedicate an additional 25 million dollars to protect religious freedoms and religious sites and relics.”
10. Wide shot, audience applause
11. Med shot, audience
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is totally unacceptable in the 21st century for people to face discrimination and intimidation for their beliefs. And the persecution of religious minorities is utterly intolerable. The full scope of their human rights is guaranteed, and States have an obligation to implement policies that ensure their identities are respected and that they feel fully part of society as a whole.”
13. Wide shot, audience
14. Wide shot, end of meeting

STORYLINE:

Hosting a high-level meeting on the protection of religious freedoms at United Nations Headquarters, United States President Donald Trump today (23 Sep) said “no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions,” but added that “the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.”

Trump said, “the United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government, they come from god.”

He said, “America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.”

The US President urged “every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities” and announced a US contribution of “25 million dollars to protect religious freedoms and religious sites and relics.”

For his part, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “it is totally unacceptable in the 21st century for people to face discrimination and intimidation for their beliefs. And the persecution of religious minorities is utterly intolerable.”

He said, “the full scope of their human rights is guaranteed, and States have an obligation to implement policies that ensure their identities are respected and that they feel fully part of society as a whole.”

The United States delegation included Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Kelly Craft, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, and other officials.
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