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A child from the Uyghur community living in Turkey participates in a protest in Istanbul on November 6, 2018, against oppression by the Chinese government of Muslim Uyghurs in the far-western Xinjiang province. >Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
21 August

China Buys Turkey’s Silence on Uyghur Oppression

A quick explanation of how China uses economic leverage to silence Turkey on the Uyghur issue, coauthored by my colleague and friend, Aykan Erdemir.

17 August

The Ongoing and Intensifying Persecution of Christians in India

According to a new report by the group Persecution Relief, “Hate crimes against Christians in India [rose] by an alarming 40.87 percent” in the first half of 2020, “even despite the nationwide [coronavirus] lockdown in place since March 25."

15 August

Why SC status for Dalit Christians, Muslims should not be linked to religion

They are denied the Scheduled Caste status because of what is written in the Constitution, and the problem should be addressed with consideration for human rights and based on reality

A petition challenging the Presidential (Scheduled Castes) Order, issued on August 10, 1950, is now pending in the Supreme Court. (Representative image of the Supreme Court in New Delhi)
10 August

70-year wait for Dalit Christians, Muslims on SC verdict over caste status

Five days before India celebrates her 73rd anniversary of Independence, Dalit Christians and Muslims will mark a grimmer anniversary of the date when the Presidential (Scheduled Castes) Order was issued on August 10, 1950.

A monitor displays the words "Commission on Unalienable Rights" behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
17 July

Pompeo says US should limit which human rights it defends

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has argued for a more limited U.S. view of global human rights advocacy based on the principles laid out by America's Founding Fathers, a suggestion critics assumed meant stepping away from more modern concepts.

16 July

Swastikas, ‘Death to Jews’ Written on Graves in France

Some 20 graves in France were vandalized with swastikas and the words “Death to Jews” and “Death to the French,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

15 July

Can Human Rights Advocacy Resolve the North Korea Nuclear Impasse?

North Korea’s weapons programs and human rights violations derive from the same root causes: the government’s perception of its insecurity and lack of transparency.

President Erdogan declared the building a mosque and said the first prayers would be held there within two weeks [Murad Sezer/Reuters]
14 July

Turkey to cover Hagia Sophia's Christian icons during prayers

Governing party's statement comes days after Ankara turned the iconic monument from a museum into a mosque.

A Hindu temple in Mithi, Pakistan.Credit...Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
08 July

Islamists Block Construction of First Hindu Temple in Islamabad

A Hindu temple planned for Islamabad, the city’s first, was supposed to be a symbol of tolerance. Instead, violence and controversy have turned it into an emblem of Pakistan’s troubled relationship with its religious minorities.

08 July

The Truro Review

United Kingdom Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (FCO) Support for Persecuted Christians

30 June

New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say

Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said.

Rahim Akhundov, 2016 c. Rahim Akhundov [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]
18 June

AZERBAIJAN: Will fired parliamentary staffer be reinstated?

Former parliamentary staff member Rahim Akhundov, who says he was dismissed from his jobin December 2018 on the orders of the secret police because of his Christian faith, will take his suit for reinstatement to Azerbaijan's Supreme Court.

15 June

Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report into Nigeria. Members have been alarmed by the dramatic and escalating violence in Nigeria characterised as the farmer-herder conflict.

10 June

Freedom of Religion or Belief in China Today

Repressed, Removed, Re-Educated: The stranglehold on religious life in China

Pastor Acharya and his family (c) Morningstarnews.org
09 June

Nepalese police arrest pastor for preaching about COVID-19

In Nepal, praying in public could mean prison time. Recently, the police arrested a pastor for allegedly spreading misinformation about Corona virus and praying for his congregation in fear of the pandemic.

President and Mrs. Trump visit the John Paul II Shrine prior to the President signing the Executive Order. (Photo credit: LifeSite News)
05 June

A Huge Step for Advancing International Religious Freedom

President Trump has issued an executive order “Advancing International Religious Freedom.” The Institute on Religion and Democracy commends the President for his ongoing commitment to defend persecuted Christians and other religious believers.

16 April

Christians continue to come under attack in Nigeria despite coronavirus

Several fatal attacks have taken place on Christian communities in Nigeria since the start of April even as the coronavirus spreads across the country.

MP Kasthuri Patto
03 October

Building a better FoRB future in Malaysia

Energetic, bright-eyed and racing with ideas, second term MP Kasthuri Patto from Malaysia believes that ‘the way forward for South-east Asia is by strengthening and enhancing FoRB and human rights’.

An Ethiopian Orthodox priest celebrates Epiphany. (Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)
22 August

The world’s most committed Christians live in Africa, Latin America – and the U.S.

Christians in Africa and Latin America tend to pray more frequently, attend religious services more regularly and consider religion more important in their lives than Christians elsewhere in the world, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

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