The NBA’s free agent, Enes Freedom, recently launched the Enes Freedom Foundation to fight for religious freedom and human rights around the world. Freedom said it was time to take action to ensure these freedoms and work with leaders on both sides of the aisle. This is because his responsibility to the youth is of paramount importance to freedom, he told NTD.
Freedom believes that athletes like him “have a great outreach … if you’re an athlete, millions of kids will idolize you and follow in your footsteps. It’s a big responsibility. So whatever you do, go out and inspire as many kids as you can. And believe me, it’s bigger than your next salary. “Freedom said.
His Foundation mission is to unite young people of all religious beliefs and backgrounds by promoting the spirit and athletic performance of the team.
“It aims to support human rights, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of protest, and poverty alleviation and social harmony around the world,” Freedom said in a recent interview. I told NTD China Insider. Freedom of Religion Summit.
Freedom reveals that he is working with US politicians on both sides of the aisle to end the abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) around the world, from mainland China to Tibet. did.
“I care about human rights because they are better than politics. You can support different political parties, different aspects, and different opinions, but both sides have human rights. We need to be careful, “says Freedom.
He said he was attacked by social media for speaking about CCP crimes, especially organ removal, but it doesn’t confuse him because he knows what he’s doing right. Some Chinese invite him to see how good China is for themselves, but he calls them about it.
“I will bring the camera crew. [The] In the first few days you can do whatever kind of promotion you want. cool. But then take me to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, take me to Tibet, take me to Hong Kong, and when we’re done, go to Taiwan to see what true democracy is. Let’s go, “Freedom told Beijing. He didn’t get the answer.
Freedom was born in Switzerland to Turkish parents, but was declared Persona non grata By the Turkish government for his candidness about human rights abuses in his country itself. In 2017, his Turkish passport was revoked and he was no longer able to visit his Turkish family.
Reveal NBA hypocrisy
Freedom was recently traded to the Boston Celtics and left without a team in the NBA after being released by the Houston Rockets. This is due to his candidness towards CCP.
He has been very critical of the administration since the summer of 2021 when one of the parents of a young Muslim participant in a basketball camp alerted him to Beijing’s infringement. His parents told him, “How can you call yourself a human rights activist when your Muslim brothers and sisters are tortured and raped daily in a centralized camp in China?”
Freedom, who has focused primarily on the rights issue of his native Turkey for the past decade, said the question surprised him and forced him to study.
Athletes have since called for a variety of abuse regimes, including those committed in Tibet, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and within China. A prisoner of conscience of Falun Gong.
“When the organization you’re playing with can’t accept the exposure to hypocrisy, that’s why, to be honest, it’s so lonely and tough,” Freedom said in a recent interview. NTD Parliament Report..
“Well, I may have lost my job, but now I have a new family,” Freedom said of his decision to continue talking about CCP abuse.
Freedom grew in Turkey, where there was a lot of political turmoil. He remembers his nine-year-old companion burning the American and Israeli flags. His leaders were telling him to hate those people, but it scared him and confused him, he said, so he ran to understand and coached his mother. I asked.
“Mom, you know my friend told me to hate America, hate Israel, hate Christians, hate Jews. What should I do? And my mother I’m not going to tell you what to do, but I won’t hate anyone before you meet them. “
Freedom said that when he arrived in the United States, he was respected and people were interested in his faith and wanted to learn about other religions.
“Everyone in the world needs to experience this. I’m here [at the International Religious Freedom Summit]First, I can help them by learning, not speaking, and educating myself about what’s happening around the world, “Freedom said.
Freedom adopted his new name last year as part of the process of becoming a US citizen.