The United States celebrates Religious Freedom Day on October 27 each year, commemorating the passing of the Religious Freedom Act of 1998. This week, Ambassador Johnson hosted a reception on International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Embassy, co-sponsored by the Foreign Office.
The Minister of State for the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and South Asia, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, also joined the Ambassador on stage, demonstrating that religious freedom is a core value shared by the U.S. and UK.
The night included a lighting of lamps, a cultural dance performance and thematic artwork in honor of Diwali – a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains that coincided with Religious Freedom Day this year.
On September 23, President Trump and Secretary Pompeo launched a Call to Act on International Religious Freedom at the UN General Assembly in New York, urging all UN member states to combat religious discrimination.