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GOVT OFFICIAL: PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS CLAIMS MORE THAN 4,000 VICTIMS A YEAR

 

Tristan Azbej, the state secretary in charge of helping persecuted Christians, said it was “unacceptable” that while the persecution of Christians claims more than 4,000 victims a year, “international organisations and civil law forums conspiratorially keep quiet about this”. In a statement issued in the wake of the series of attacks committed in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the state secretary said he “was deeply shocked” to hear of the latest terrorist attack against Christians. “We have no idea what wounds this heinous act caused … in the soul of the 1.5-million-strong Christian community of Sri Lanka,” Azbej said, expressing his sympathy to the families of the victims and to the injured.

He noted that Viktor Orbán’s government was the first in 2016 to launch a programme aimed at helping Christians facing persecution across the world, adding that the state secretariat for helping persecuted Christians and implementing the Hungary Helps Programme was exploring the possibilities of providing assistance to Christians in Sri Lanka.