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INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ROUNDTABLE IN NIGERIA RELEASES OPEN LETTER TO NIGERIA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 29, 2019) — Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election on February 16 was cast into doubt late last week when President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the country’s chief justice on the eve of the appointment of new election judges. The action is the latest threat to what many have hoped would be a reprise of the successful 2015 election. In ...
21WILBERFORCE RELEASES PUBLICATION COMMEMORATING IRFA — One of the Most Significant U.S. Milestones in 1998
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 10, 2018) — 1998 was a momentous year. Osama bin Laden published fatwas declaring jihad against all Jews and crusaders, and Europeans agreed on a single currency. Also during that year, Google was founded; Apple Computer unveiled the iMac; Exxon and Mobil merged to create the world’s largest petroleum company; and the International Religious Freedom Act was ...
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP NOTED AS FORMER CONGRESSMAN FRANK WOLF LEAVES
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 10, 2018) – 21Wilberforce announced that former Congressman Frank Wolf will leave 21Wilberforce on September 30th after serving four years as the Distinguished Senior Fellow.
“Congressman Wolf has been instrumental in shaping 21Wilberforce to the force for change that it is today,” said Randel Everett, Founder and President. “His leadership has been extraordinary. 21Wilberforce is grounded in the conviction that freedom of belief is a basic human right, and Frank has carried the torch.”
DECEMBER 10, 2018
21WILBERFORCE RELEASES PUBLICATION COMMEMORATING 20 Years of the INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 10, 2018) — 1998 was a momentous year. Osama bin Laden published fatwas declaring jihad against all Jews and crusaders, and Europeans agreed on a single currency. Also during that year, Google was founded; Apple Computer unveiled the iMac; Exxon and Mobil merged to create the world’s largest petroleum company; and the International Religious Freedom Act was enacted. This 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. To commemorate the event, human rights organization
21Wilberforce in the News
Nov 29, 2018: “House passes measure to provide humanitarian aid to genocide victims,” Catholic News Service/OSV Newsweekly
Sep 24, 2018: “Former Rep. Frank Wolf Honored for Defending Human Rights,” The Epoch Times
Jul 13, 2018: “China prisoners of conscience rally urges Congress to stand in solidarity for human rights,” Religion News Service
A Voice for Iraq’s PersecutedFebruary 27, 2019
Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities living in the path of ISIS have suffered incredible persecution and hardship. From the start, 21Wilberforce has come alongside these beleaguered communities to listen, support, and amplify the voices of the oppressed. In early 2015, shortly after ISIS troops overran the Sinjar region, 21Wilberforce traveled to Iraq where staff interviewed close to 75 ...
Your Voice Matters: Stand with Human Rights HeroesMarch 12, 2019
Raif Badawi co-founded the website Free Saudi Liberals in 2008 to encourage debate on religious and political issues in Saudi Arabia despite the country’s restricted civic space. In 2012 the Saudi government arrested him on charges of promoting religious freedom. Badawi received a sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, and has been banned from doing media work for a ...