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21Wilberforce partners with The Burma Advocacy Group

21Wilberforce is playing a leading role in mobilizing thousands of Burmese diaspora and other concerned citizens through its collaborative advocacy technology. The Burma Advocacy Group is comprised of leaders from associations, churches, community groups who are acting with one voice to advocate for the passage of the Burma Bill in the U.S. Congress. The military seized control on 1 February 2021 …

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Congress Moves to Reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

21Wilberforce welcomes bipartisan legislation that was introduced yesterday bySenator James Lankford (R-OK), Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to reauthorize the independent US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) through 2024. “The United States has the responsibility to call out religious persecution around the world. The US Commission on …

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USCIRF Releases New Report about Protecting Religious Freedom Online

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a factsheet on December 3rd on safeguarding the freedom of religion or belief on social media platforms. Protecting Religious Freedom Online Factsheet – This report outlines the international human rights standards relevant to the regulation of speech on social media platforms—focusing specifically on the impact to the freedom of religion …

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The Burma Act of 2021 Introduced in the House of Representatives

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), House Foreign Affairs Asia-Pacific Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) introduced the “Burma Unified through Rigorous Military Accountability Act of 2021” or BURMA Act.   The legislation condemns the actions taken by the Burmese military during its February 1 coup d’état and its aftermath. By authorizing targeted sanctions against the Burmese military, the State Administrative …

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Egyptian Coptic Christian Activist Ramy Kamel’s Detention Extended

According to recent information acquired by Coptic Solidarity, we understand that Ramy Kamel was rather optimistic about being released at his next hearing and that his ordeal would soon come to an end. Paradoxically, the prosecutor extended Mr. Kamel’s detention, yet again for 45 days. Coptic Solidarity and 21Wilberforce urges the immediate release of Mr. Kamel, who has suffered unjust …

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Support Freedom for the People of Myanmar

On February 1st of 2021, the military of Burma launched a coup to overthrow the country’s democratically elected government. People have taken to the streets across Burma, also known as Myanmar, to protest against the coup. Myanmar’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been detained along with members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The coup threatens …

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Chinese Government is Profiting From Their Brutal Repression of Religious Freedom

The Uyghur people of the Xinjiang region in China are facing a brutal government campaign to destroy their core religious and cultural identity. China has turned the Xinjiang region into a massive prison where Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities face intrusive technological surveillance, modern day slavery, forced sterilizations and abortions, and imprisonment in concentration camps. The government also uses many Uyghurs …

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The Great Firewall of China

CITIZENS IN CHINA ARE DESPERATE TO ACCESS ACCURATE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET THAT IS NOT CENSORED BY CHINA’S COMMUNIST PARTY. China’s persecution of religious groups and the ensuing cover up both rely on its strict internet censorship, whether the targeted group is Falun Gong, Christians, Uyghurs, or Tibetans. They are locked in an internet prison. The Chinese government’s “Great Firewall” …

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Stand with Coptic Christian Ramy Kamel

Ramy Kamel is a Coptic Christian that the Egyptian government has tortured and imprisoned simply because he is a religious freedom leader. 21Wilberforce and Coptic Solidarity launched a multi-faith campaign on his behalf. We encouraged scholars, religious and secular leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners to respectfully urge you to speak out for Kamel. He has been the primary source …

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Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China Suffering from Gross Human Rights Violations

The Senate passed the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (S.178) on September 11, 2019, by unanimous consent. The House passed the Uyghur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Urgent Response Act of 2019 (UIGHUR Act) (S.178) on December 3.  These two bills contained slightly different provisions in some Sections. This bill mandates targeted sanctions on the perpetrators of gross …