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15 April

Protect religious symbols in African conflict zones

Religious sites, artifacts and symbols are often targeted by extremists in their attacks on other communities in order to weaken opposition.

30 December

USCIRF Calls for Release of Ramy Kamel

Coptic activist Ramy Kamel was arrested in late 2019 by Egyptian authorities and has been held in pretrial detention since. This call for his release comes following news of his rapidly declining health.

14 December

Boko Haram claims attack in Niger that killed dozens

Attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern spread to neighbouring countries such as Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Here is the account of a preChristmas attack in Niger

12 September

As Côte d’Ivoire’s 2020 presidential elections near, the country is at risk for large-scale vio

Every political transition in the country’s history—most recently the 2010 presidential election—has resulted in systematic civilian targeting. Learn about the country’s recent history of war and a 2019 assessment of early warning signs.

13 July

The relationship between blasphemy laws and religious extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

While an estimated 69 countries across the globe possess blasphemy laws of some kind, no geographical region has as many countries with such laws as the Middle East and North Africa. In many of these countries the penalties are among the most severe.

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.