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Knox Thames Launches Christians Against All Persecution Network

In a recent article for Christianpost.com titled “Remembering the persecuted during Lent”,  Knox Thames, writes that Lent is a time of reflection about what the ultimate sacrifice Christ made on the cross. The piece also encourages us to remember and to pray for modern day martyrs who are hurting for their faith. To support Christians in that effort, Knox has …

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A Retrospective: 25th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act

The International Religious Freedom Act, a transformative piece of legislation, was written, debated, re-written and nearly left for dead before Congress voted unanimously for its passage in the fall of 1998. Last week the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published The 25th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act: A Retrospective. This publication, co-authored by Lou Sabatier, …

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The Next Generation and Freedom of Religion or Belief

“Religious freedom for everyone, everywhere, all the time” was the motto for the fourth annual International Religious Freedom Summit 2024 held January 29-30 in Washington, DC.  This two day event draws religious freedom advocates — faith groups, civil society, and governments — to listen and learn and to build bridges and new alliances to defend those who are denied the …

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Burma Army Atrocities in Chin State the focus of IRF Summit 2024 Advocacy Event

21Wilberforce will join with the Chin Association of Maryland (CAM), the U.S. Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the American Baptist Churches USA, Boat People SOS, International Campaign for the Rohingya, and the Burma Advocacy Group to co-sponsor a Congressional Briefing hosted by Congressman Chris Smith, “Rising Persecution of Christians and the …

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Join the campaign to free Kachin Baptist pastor Dr. Hkalam Samson

As he attempted to get on a flight to Bangkok to receive medical treatment, prominent Kachin Baptist pastor, Dr. Hkalam Samson, was seized by the Burmese military on December 4th, 2022. 21Wilberforce is calling on the Burmese military junta to put an end to violence against the people of Burma, to surrender the power they seized during the 2021 coup, …

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Action urged to address persecution in Nigeria

Ken Camp/Managing Editor     Reprinted from Baptiststandard.com Representatives from multiple human rights and religious liberty organizations joined the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in urging Congress to take action regarding ongoing persecution in Nigeria. Randel Everett Randel Everett, founding president of 21Wilberforce and a former executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Brent Leatherwood, president of the Southern …

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I am Emmanuel and this is my story

I am an Afghan citizen who served with the international forces. My family and I are among the millions affected by the recent Afghan crisis in general and among those who lost everything, are displaced, and have become refugees. I was raised to believe in an Islamic philosophy of salvation through good deeds. So, I did my best to act …

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Knox Thames, 21W Board Member, Challenges Timothy Fellows

21W Board member, Knox Thames, one of the foremost experts on FoRB and a former USCIRF and U.S. State Department policymaker, inspired and challenged our global Timothy Fellows during their recent monthly virtual meeting. Knox, who is a visiting expert at the US Insitute of Peace and a professor at Pepperdine University, is the author of the forthcoming book: “ENDING …

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Two Religious Freedom Champions Honored at 21Wilberforce Dinner

The beautiful Great Hall on the campus of Dallas Baptist University was the setting for 21Wilberforce’s annual Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Award dinner the first week in October. This award embodies the work of former Congressman Frank Wolf who worked tirelessly for decades to promote international religious freedom. After retiring from Congress in 2015, Congressman Wolf served as Distinguished …