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World Children’s Day 2020: China’s Ban on Worship

November 20 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

As today marks World Children’s Day, we urge the People’s Republic of China to take immediate steps to stop the worship ban on China’s children and grant every child every right.

This event is convened to lift the voices and experiences of children who are survivors of China’s persecution on the basis of their religion or belief.

We recognise that, “The participation of children matters profoundly” and that improvements to the rights of the child are more likely to succeed when informed by their views.


The aim of the side-event is to highlight how China through its current actions continues to breaches the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through the experiences and recommendations of survivors, the event hopes to serve as a base to understand the widespread effects of China’s breaches to the Convention the Rights of the Child and facilitate steps forward for member states and UN bodies to address the violations to ensure every right for every child in China.



Keynote speaker – Emile Kao

Emilie Kao is an attorney who has defended religious freedom for the last 14 years. She has worked on behalf of victims of religious freedom violations in East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South Asia. She has previously worked as a Legal Analyst at the United Nations.

Panel of survivors

The panel will consist of survivors and representatives from different religious groups in China

Esther, former Christian educator who had to flee China due to religious persecution.

X. X., daughter of Falun Gong practitioner and survivor of persecution

Stay Tuned! More speakers to be announced

The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief is being virtually hosted by the Government of Poland. Official events are hosted by Poland. All side events are independently produced by the organizers of each event and are not endorsed by any government, the IRF Roundtable, or 21Wilberforce