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Just a Bill: Religious Freedom Consensus Rarely Voted into Law

Latest IRF scorecard grades each member of US Congress, as State Department releases annual report on 200 countries and territories. JAYSON CASPER|MAY 13, 2021  Reprinted from Christianitytoday.com   Secretary of State Antony Blinken called out Saudi Arabia. The Gulf kingdom “remains the only country in the world without a Christian church, though there are more than a million Christians living …

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Eyes on Egypt: Why the Ongoing Persecution of Coptic Christians Warrants Our Attention

By 21Wilberforce Associate Emma Hodges Violent attacks, arbitrary detentions, and a growing culture of impunity for crimes committed against the Coptic community in Egypt should raise international consternation—yet the persecution continues with few consequences. Recognizing an unbroken succession of Patriarchs since Saint Mark himself, the Coptic Church has remained a vibrant presence in Egypt since its founding. In the third …

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Congressman Frank Wolf and Ambassador Sam Brownback: Friends and Human Rights Champions for Four Decades

This year, 21Wilberforce awards Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback its 3rd annual Frank Wolf Award for International Religious Freedom. While in Congress, former Representative Frank Wolf was a tireless advocate for religious freedom. In like manner, this award honors those who champion freedom of conscience around the world. Ambassador Brownback was raised in the small agricultural community of …

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A Uyghur Muslim Reveals the Horror of Prison Camp She Escaped in China

This article is reprinted from the Dailymail.co.uk October 2019 A Uyghur Muslim woman who was forced into a Chinese ‘re-education center’ so she could teach the inmates has revealed the full horror of life at the prison camp after she escaped. Sayragul Sauytbay, 43, was forced to spend five months at one of the camps in Xinjiang province between 2017 …

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You’re a Refugee. Now You Face COVID-19.

Refugees, who face impossible situations even in better times, are being pushed beyond human endurance by the coronavirus pandemic. By Susan Korah “It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars …” – Marie Colvin, correspondent for the …

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A Pivotal Meeting for a Somali Human Rights Advocate

Dr. Abdullah Hashi Abib, Founder and Executive Director of the Rass Institute for Policy Analysis, a non-partisan policy think tank in Mogadishu, grew up in Somalia. The country was ravaged by civil war which left his family committed to do what they could to rebuild their country. They helped launch a university. They raised money to rebuild medical clinics and schools …

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Training an Advocate for Change in China

“My parents were raised in a traditional Chinese family who practiced Buddhism. Their marriage was arranged and during that time a husband and wife were separated forcefully by the Chinese government. My father was sent to work in a remote province 4,000 miles away and he was only allowed to see my mother 15 days a year. My mother was …

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The Power of Publishing

Machiko Sato was born and raised in Japan where she is a professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Shizuoka. Among the courses she teaches are Cold War history, US government and U.S. foreign policy. During a recent sabbatical, Machiko came to the U.S. to conduct research and study at Georgetown University. Her focus was U.S. …

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Courage Comes With a Price

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in northern Nigeria which has had numerous outbreaks of religious violence. For several years, Boko Haram, one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, has spawned unrest, displacement, and death in northern Nigeria, particularly against Christians. The Archbishop has been outspoken and openly critical of the press …