The Hungarian Government regards “succeeding in the homeland” as an optimal goal, said Tristan Azbej on Friday to “Hetek” one of the online portals in Hungary this week. According to the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, the United States government has abandoned the harmful and inhumane custom of concealing the suffering of some communities in the world — which is still a characteristic feature of international diplomacy. He explained that we must strive hard to ensure that everyone has the freedom to exercise their faith.
In June of this year, the Minister of State for International Affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Dr Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich and the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, Tristan Azbej held discussions with the Minister for Humanitarian Aid Programmes Beata Kempa from the Polish Prime Minister’s Office.
Tristan Azbej, the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians of the Prime Minister’s Office, held discussions in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the visit, held from the 19th – 24th June, was to coordinate the activities of both the Hungarian and American governments, aimed at the protection of the interests of persecuted Christians and the safeguarding of religious freedom. Another goal of the discussions was to share the experiences of the “Hungary Helps” humanitarian programme.
Ellen Fantini , executive director of Observatory on Discrimination against Christians in Europe joined Ján Figeľ, EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, and Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary for Persecuted Christians in Hungary, on a panel in Bratislava.
Deputy Secretary of State Tristan Azbej announced on his Facebook page that the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, which until now has been part of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, will continue to operate at the Prime Minister’s Office for the foreseeable future.
In the reorganised governmental structure, this Deputy State Secretariat will be under the supervision of the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office – Gergely Gulyás.
Tristan Azbej, head of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians in Hungary participated in a conference in the Canadian capital on both the persecution of the Middle East and African Christians and the various relief efforts organised on their account. The Deputy State Secretary gave a phone interview from Ottawa to the MTI Hungarian News Agency emphasising that Christian churches often do not even raise the issue of Christian persecution nor do they dare to call things by their own names.
On May 29, 2018, Tristan Azbej head of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians took part in a working visit to Bratislava, where he met Lukáš Paríz, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Pariz emphasized that Hungary and Slovakia have a common stance on the protection and aiding of persecuted religious minorities. The Secretary of State added that in the future they would be willing to continue working together in this area perhaps within collaboration of the Visegrad Countries (V4).
Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. Unfortunately, in Western Societies, religious persecution is something we are uncomfortable speaking about because it often remains hidden behind the walls of political correctness. If we want to talk openly about Christian persecution, we must begin by tearing those politically correct walls down.
Tristan Azbej is head of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians in Hungary. In the interview that follows he explains to S4C that the Deputy Secretariat’s relief programme part of the ‘Hungary Helps’ initiative for persecuted Christians that helps not only Christians but also people of other religions in need. Azbej says that that aid cannot be discriminative and goes on to point out the programme is efficient and achieves concrete results.
Interview with Tristan Azbej.