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State Department releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. State Department has produced the International Religious Freedom Report every year for 23 years. The report offers a comprehensive review of the state of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. …

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112 KIDNAPPED NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS STILL MISSING, SEVEN YEARS ON

‘I’m Chibok girl Dad. Bring Back Our Girls Now’ read the white letters on the man’s red T-shirt. The same morning – April 15, seven years ago – he woke to hear his daughter had been abducted from her school dormitory at night. He’s not seen her since, and has no idea if she is alive or dead. But amidst …

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India…Partly Free

On April 6th nearly 100 million people in India voted to elect 475 assembly seats across four states and one Union territory: Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Counting of assembly elections will take place May 2nd. The campaigns leading up to the election have been contentious with a focus on faith and religion issues, along with development …

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What Does the Military Coup in Burma Mean for the Persecuted?

David Eubanks of Free Burma Rangers shares this disturbing story. We walked into a small jungle clearing to see children sitting under the trees reading their lessons. They were intensively focused on their books and learning their subjects. One little boy was reading an English lesson and one girl looked up from her reading and gave us a big smile. …

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Honoring Some Yazidi Genocide Victims with a Proper Burial

Yazidis have a long history of religious persecution. The most recent horrors happened in August of 2014 when the Islamic State (ISIS) began an organized campaign against them that involved ethnic cleansing in the form of mass executions, enslavement, forced conversions and recruitment of child soldiers, and sexual violence. These crimes resulted in the massacre of thousands of Yazidis and the …

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Engage Where We Can and Confront Where We Must

2020 is a year we will not soon, if ever, forget. Each of us has felt the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more than the world’s religious minorities. Pew Research reports that 80 percent of the global population lives in nations that restrict religious freedom. Those restrictions have been amplified and persecution intensified during the pandemic. Ambassador-at-Large for …

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One with Them

Due to COVID-19, many of us have had to stay away from church, unable to gather normally as the body of Christ as a dangerous virus threatened the lives of many. This has been strange for us, and yet, it is too often the daily life for fellow Christians around the world. Even after the danger of the pandemic passes, …

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OPEN THE INTERNET TO EVERYONE

Internet freedom is the next frontier of human rights. Free expression on the internet is under assault. Although technology and information have spread across the globe, there is a dangerous trend of governments limiting internet access. In 2019 Freedom House published a report documenting that law enforcement in 47 countries arrested people for posting political, social or religious speech online. …

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Modern-day slavery: China abuses Uyghurs in detention camps and forced labor

In Xinjiang, authorities have detained more than 1 million Uyghurs in detention camps. It is the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority group since World War II. A new report issued by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute states that between 2017 and 2019, more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred from the Xinjiang autonomous region to work in factories across …