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21Wilberforce Research Project Aims to Increase Effectiveness in UN FoRB Advocacy

21Wilberforce is partnering with the University of Stirling on an innovative research project that will equip human rights advocacy groups with insights and proven pathways to successfully advance religious freedom through the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UN UPR process provides an opportunity for all UN Member States, sometimes in collaboration with human rights groups, to make recommendations …

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USCIRF’s Crucial Work Will Continue

By Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab We live in a century haunted by religious persecution. The genocide perpetrated by Daesh against Yazidis, Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq; the genocide perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims and the persecution of other religious minorities in Myanmar; the targeting of the Uighur Muslims in China; bomb attacks on churches in Sri Lanka …

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Timothy Fellows Initiative Launches in 2022

21Wilberforce has launched a new initiative called “Timothy Fellows” for young Baptist professionals and students around the world. Currently, five of six regions within the Baptist World Alliance are represented and the first ten Fellows hail from the Benin, Brazil (2), Bulgaria, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Nigeria, United Kingdom and the U.S. 21Wilberforce President Randel Everett and Trent Martin, 21W Advocacy …

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ChinaAid’s Bob Fu to receive 21Wilberforce 2022 Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Award

The fourth annual Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Award celebrates an outstanding leader who is working to advance freedom of religion or belief by standing up to oppression in the pursuit of freedom of religion, belief, or conscience. This award is named for Congressman Frank Wolf, the House’s “Champion of Human Rights” and “Conscience of Congress.” Wolf served Virginia’s 10th …

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Dr. James W. Carr Elected to 21Wilberforce Board

21Wilberforce is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James W. Carr to the organization’s Board of Directors for a three-year term, which began on August 1, 2022. “The mission of 21Wilberforce resonates deeply with me,” Carr said. “They have developed impactful tools and training to equip persecuted groups — the same groups I advocated for as a former Commissioner …

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21Wilberforce in Northern Thailand

21Wilberforce recently traveled in Northern Thailand with the goals of deepening our partnerships with those working to counteract the renewed violence against religious and ethnic minorities resulting from a military coup in the neighboring  country of Burma in early 2021. During the trip, the 21Wilberforce team met with key civil society organizations, ministry partners and Baptist leaders to learn more …

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21Wilberforce Volunteer Reflects on Birmingham Conference

What a blessed day we had at the 21Wilberforce Speak Freedom Conference held July 9th on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. We met people from New Zealand, Honduras, the UK, Brazil, Thailand, Nigeria, Belgium, Canada, Germany. The one-day leadership conference preceded the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering attended by Baptist leaders around the world. Professor Dr Timothy …

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IRF Summit 2022 Strengthens Coalition

Approximately nine hundred government officials, advocates, persecuted communities, and emerging leaders recently convened for the IRF Summit 2022 at the Renaissance Hotel in DC. This is second annual Summit held for civil society to learn, strategize, and network for the cause of religious freedom around the world. Elaine Alam, a Christian from Pakistan and religious freedom advocate that participated in …

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21Wilberforce Team Will Participate in the IRF Summit Civil Society Congress

The International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit 2022 will convene a Civil Society Congress that will develop ideas to promote religious freedom and innovate solutions for threats faith communities face around the world. The congress—which will take place June 28 from 2-6 p.m. at Renaissance Washington’s Potomac Ballroom—will provide organizations and religious communities the opportunity to send a delegation to present their proposal in …