RUSSIA: Freedom of religion and belief monitoring group to be liquidated
It becomes very difficult to hold governments to account when they have removed those who monitor their behavior. Vladimir Putin continues to pressure religious groups by now shutting down the leading religious freedom monitor in Russia.
Group photo including some of the participants at the public hearing held at the National Congress in Brasília, Brazil.
Brazil: Transcending divisions through a shared identity
Brazil’s Bahá’í Office of External Affairs and government officials examining the role of religion in promoting a shared identity among the Brazilian population.
Freedom of Religion as a Human Right
The Council of Europe’s Upcoming Vote on Establishing “Sect Observatories” looking to keep an eye on cults and religious sects - one country's religion is another country's cult.
Freedom of Religion or Belief Victims List
Lists of persons [USCIRF] determines are imprisoned or detained, have disappeared, been placed under house arrest, been tortured, or subjected to forced renunciations of faith for their religious activity or religious freedom advocacy by government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provinces across China work to implement internet restrictions
Governments have so much capacity to regulate that what is way over the top today is more easily applied tomorrow. And the Chinese Communist government has been aggressively marketing its repressive measures around the world.
UZBEKISTAN: Raids, searches, detentions, fines, criminal investigations
Muslims targeted with raids, house searches, detentions, arrests, administrative punishments and criminal investigations by Uzbekistan government in ongoing campaign
Statement on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The International Religious Freedom of Belief Alliance is gravley concern with hostility toward the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in a range of countries.
Orphanage run by Mother Teresa's sisters targeted by Hindu nationalists
India continues its repression, targeting even Mother Theresa’s work. This is a natural outcome of anti-conversion laws
KYRGYZSTAN: New restrictions in draft new Religion Law
Kyrgyzstan’s new Religion Law continues to punish religious minorities.
The Guaridan. Photograph: Republic Of Korea Air Force/EPA
Afghanistan - Exit with Honor
A new initiative has been launched out of the US to put pressure on world leaders to do better with regards to the current crisis in Afghanistan. Take a look first at this video and then follow up to the website and petition
An American Univeristy crosses the line on religious freedom of students
University of Iowa found guilty of religious discrimination. The crime: forcing student groups to accept University appointed leaders for their group. Groups argued that UI targeted them for requiring student leaders to sign a statement of faith.
Edinburgh Council pays damages for cancelling religious speaker
Edinburgh Council has apologised and paid £25,000 in damages to Destiny Ministries after cancelling its three-day conference due to the religious beliefs of a guest speaker.
International Religious Freedom Summit July 2021
The International Religious Freedom Summit is July 13-15 in Washington D.C. and it will also be available online.
For freedom: Protect those of faith in Egypt
Coptic Christians are still targeted in Egypt
Key Findings Regarding Christian Persecution in China for 2020
China’s ongoing persecution of Christians is not new news. But organizations such as ChinaAid keep us all up to date on the latest happenings. This is a summary of most recent China Aid report.
Christian MP in Finland Supporting Biblical Marriage and Sexualtiy Charged with Hate Crimes
This isn’t hate speech, its opinion….. and it cant be criminalized in a society that allow free speech. This is intimidation at its finest. This should be covered by mainstream media but will not be.
Christian pastor arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible
Elderly Christian pastor in London, England says he was treated 'shamefully' after being arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible.
Governments Don't Get a Pass on Violating Religious Freedom in a Pandemic
While the pandemic prevented our team from meeting in-person with victims of religious persecution, abusive governments around the world do not get a free pass to deny the fundamental right of freedom of religion or belief.
Intolerance in India continues to grow
The failure of government leaders to condemn acts of violence on minorities has contributed to growing fears amongst faith groups.
Government officials in Shanxi’s Taiyuan city destroyed a temple’s religious books and threw them to the trash.
The Chinese government has turned up the pressure on Christians withing China
After banning anyone under 18 from even entering a church building they are now going after printed material. Books that were previously published are now being used as evidence to sentence printers and authors to long term prison sentence.
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