Iranian authorities increase attacks on journalists in response to September protests.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iranian government to immediately stop the suppression of journalists, to release the ones in detention, to allow free media to have access to information and to restore the network integrity.
China: House Churches Attacked and Banned in Several Provinces
In Beijing, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Jilin, and Sichuan ongoing police raids target churches that refuse to join the CCP-controlled Three-Self Church.
The issues of religious freedom in Nicaragua centre around the Ortega government’s determination to punish the Catholic church for its participation in anti-government activity that stems from Ortega’s ongoing attempts to stay in power.
Why is Trudeau's government so afraid of young women, kids and decorated veterans?
In days gone by, despots approached national celebrations with nervous anticipation. The opportunity to demonstrate their authority and to present themselves in all their magnificence could rarely be resisted. I thought those days were gone……..
Free speech decision in Washington DC overturns lower court restrictions
A trio of pro-life counselors won a major free speech legal victory when a District of Columbia appeals court ordered a lower court to dismiss a lawsuit against them.
Five years later the Russian regime is still imprisoning Jehovah Witnesses
Five years on from the 2017 ban on Jehovah's Witnesses, prosecutors have launched criminal cases on "extremism" charges against more than 600 individuals, of whom more than 200 have so far been convicted.
The Invisible Jihad: the Treatment of Christians by Iran Proxies
A new report examines the use of proxy militias in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen by the Iranian government that have played a significant role in the dramatic decline of Christians in the region.
Asia, Muslims take to the streets against a BJP minister: she offended Muhammad
Global demonstrations erupt as the Muslim community reacts to Indian Cabinet Minster’s comments on Muhammad’s marriages.
It’s past time to set aside mandates and quarantine
Seems Justin feels the pressure - but not enough. No sign that unnecessary quarantine regs are cancelled.
India activist Afreen Fatima says her house bulldozed ‘illegally’
Muslim activist in India – loses her home while she is gone. House is bulldozed and personal items thrown on the ground in a lost nearby.
Pakistan court upholds death sentence of Christian brothers in blasphemy case
Pakistan’s abuse of its religious minorities continues, with long imprisonments and faulty decisions once again putting people at risk of the death penalty
TV interview explores constructive role of religion in society
A one hour and twenty minute conversation initiated by the Tunisian Baha’i community to explore insights and efforts that have enabled people to unite and create bonds of trust and cooperation.
A Tehran court sentences seven Christians, including a clergyman, to a total of 32 years in prison
The Iranian court system (and regime) continues to be the bad joke with which we are so familiar with. When judges insert themselves into their cases it is never a good result,
Holy days are not sacred to those who hate
'Vile, Satanic Attack': Gunmen Kill at Least 50 Worshippers and Children at Church on Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria
In God's Name
An excellent article discussing Pakistan’s unfortunate focus on blasphemy laws and the ongoing ability of extremists to use blaspheme charges to punish religious minorities
Church founded by St David pupil to hold final service
From 583 to 2022 but the little church is down to 2 worshippers
Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. | Courtesy of ADF International.
Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial
All charges against Finnish , MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola are unanimously dismissed following high-profile free speech trial. The former Finnish Minister of the Interior, faced three criminal charges for sharing her faith.
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t if they don’t contact their MPs
Iraqi Christian Murdered after Sharing Her Faith on TikTok
An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog.
ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner Harassed at Yale Law School Event
Campuses are becoming places of repression rather than education. Even the supposedly ‘top’ of schools are no longer able to guarantee basics such as freedom of speech.
Time to Challenge Compelled Speech?
We have an interesting article discussing the (relatively) new phenomenon of ‘compelled speech’. An increasing number of educational institutions have adopted political statements that they require employees and prospective employees to agree to.
Religious Liberty Tested in Finland
A very comprehensive and compelling analysis of freedom of speech issues in Finland and the EU sphere as former Minister of the government of Finland has been tried on freedom of speech issues, even after the police recommended charges be dismissed.
The last 6 weeks - three key reflections
These are observations of someone I know well who felt compelled to write about events as they happened. The first is the convoy on its way to Ottawa, the second is a faith perspective, the third looks at weak leadership to threats.
Evangelicalism & Brazil: The religious movement that spread through a national team
It was derby day in Belo Horizonte, but that wouldn't change anything. Joao Leite believed he had a mission assigned to him by Jesus Christ: to spread God's word among other football players.
Evangelical pastor murdered, doubts shroud attribution to Maoists
Indian officials respond to death of Christian pastor who had been threatened by Hindutva groups, “Must be the Maoists….’