A group of investment managers in 2011 initiated a divestment campaign against publicly traded companies that are state-owned by the government of the People's Republic of China. This action is intended as a sanction against the Chinese government for their persecution of Christians and for the violation of human and religious rights.
China's government is cited for the persecution of Christians and the violation of religious and human rights by organizations that identify and document such activities.
Most people would not knowingly want their investment monies to support the government of China's brutal violation of human and religious rights.
Investment managers committed to DivestPersecution stress that it is essential NOT TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST China's government in their violation of religious and human rights through investments in their publicly traded state-owned companies.
While DivestPersecution financial professionals are encouraging the avoidance of investing in state-owned Chinese stocks, they suggest that the country of China and its people offer many other investment opportunities through companies not owned or controlled by China's government.
One of the organizers of DivestPersecution, Tom Fyler, President of Commodities & Securities, Inc., an investment firm, emphasizes that -- "The primary purpose of this effort is to raise awareness about the persecution of Christians and the violation of human and religious rights that occur daily worldwide." This effort encourages financial and other means of support to organizations that advocate on behalf of people impacted by these abuses.