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William Wilberforce: Leader of the British Abolition Campaign

William Wilberforce, (born August 24, 1759, Hull, Yorkshire, England—died July 29, 1833, London), British politician and philanthropist who from 1787 was prominent in the struggle to abolish the slave trade and then to abolish slavery itself in British overseas possessions. He studied at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge, where he became a close friend of the future prime minister William Pitt the Younger and was known as an amiable companion …

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USIP Special Report: Global Trends and Challenges to Protecting and Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief

Religious restrictions and hostilities around the world have risen steadily over the past few decades, reaching an all-time high in 2018 — a trend that has only worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, USIP collaborated with USAID’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to critically examine the causes and consequences of freedom of religion or belief violations and …

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Nigeria Is Following Pakistan on Blasphemy and Mob Violence

This article is reprinted from Realclearreligion.org By Farahnaz Ispahani & Sean Nelson June 03, 2022 On May 12, a Nigerian Christian student named Deborah Emmanuel Yakubu was stoned, beaten to death, and her body burnt in Sokoto, Nigeria, by her fellow classmates because of allegations of blasphemy. On May 16, protestors in Borno State, Nigeria, went to police headquarters in Maiduguri demanding the release of …

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Calls for Investigation Mount Over Xinjiang Police Files

WASHINGTON — (VOAnews.com, May 27) Western governments are demanding that U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet receive full access to sites and individuals in China’s western Xinjiang region following this week’s release of highly detailed reports of rights violations in the region. “This new reporting further adds to an already damning body of evidence of [China’s] atrocities in …

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Cuban Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

April 12, 2022 Ken Camp, Baptiststandard.com A Cuban Protestant pastor who has been detained since participating in peaceful protests last July has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo’s sentence was acknowledged in a document the Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva sent to the United Nations. It was submitted in response to a request from the …

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House approves bill to hold accountable Myanmar military

Ken Camp / Managing Editor / Baptiststandard.com Advocates for international religious freedom praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation to hold accountable the Myanmar military for human rights violations and to authorize humanitarian assistance to the Burmese people. The House passed the Burma Unified through Rigorous Military Accountability Act of 2021 with broad bipartisan support on April 6. …

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Biden Administration Rules Myanmar Army Committed Genocide Against Rohingya

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Biden administration has formally determined that violence committed against the Rohingya minority by Myanmar’s military amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move that advocates say should bolster efforts to hold the junta that now runs Myanmar accountable. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the decision on Monday at the …

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Religious freedom data project launches

By Abigail Mittendorf and Katelyn Aluise The Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences recently launched a project mapping disparities in religious freedom worldwide in collaboration with two non-governmental organizations. Officials at the Loeb Institute teamed up with 21Wilberforce and Genocide Watch to create and publish the Religious Freedom Data Spectrum that uses qualitative data to locate places of religious oppression and identify early warning …

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ISIS slaughtered my Yazidi community. We don’t want your pity — we want justice.

Opinion by Nadia Murad. August 2021, reprinted from edition.CNN.com (CNN)Thoughts and prayers. Promises of “never again.” They are not enough. Seven years after ISIS committed genocide against the Yazidi community, my ethno-religious minority, in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of people remain internally displaced and more than 2,800 women and children remain missing. Shelter, clean water, health care and education are …