Advocacy

Gao Zhisheng

Name: Gao Zhisheng Age: 56 Country/Area of Origin: China Background: Gao Zhisheng is one of the most widely respected human rights lawyers in China, notably for his work defending religious minorities and victims of state persecution, highlighting the torture of Falun Gong practitioners, and defending political activists and critics of the Chinese Communist Party. Reason …

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SRI LANKA: Multi-Faith letter calls on the PM of Sri Lanka to abandon the introduction of anti-conversion laws known to “restrict legitimate religious freedom and target religious minorities.”

22 March 2021 PRESS RELEASE, Washington, DC., Following the recent report that the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious, and Cultural Affairs is currently drafting a legal framework for the implementation of anti-conversion laws, the multi-faith International Religious Freedom Roundtable sent out a letter, containing 36 signatures,  on Monday March 22, calling on the Prime Minister of …

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Twen Theodros

Name: Twen Theodros Country/Area of Origin: Eritrea Background: Theodros is an Eritrean Christian Reason for Arrest: Theodros was originally arrested in Asmara, Eritrea in 2004 for her spiritual beliefs, but she was swiftly released after her father convinced her to sign documents pledging that she would neither evangelize nor engage in Christian worship or activities. …

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Zhang Wen Shi

Name: Zhang Wen Shi (Chinese name) or Jang Moon Seok (Korean name) Country/Area of Origin: Zhang is ethnically Korean but is a Chinese citizen. Zhang is currently imprisoned in North Korea Reason for Arrest: Prior to his detention, Deacon Zhang resided in Changbai China, a town located on the border between China and North Korea. …

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Behnam Mahjoubi

Name: Behnam Mahjoubi Country/Area of Origin: Iran Background: Mahjoubi is a member of the Sufi Gonabadi Dervish religious minority community in Iran Reason for Arrest: In April 2018, Mahjoubi was arrested for his participation in a protest that had taken place in February and was in condemnation of the Iranian government’s mistreatment of religious minorities. …

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Shamil Khakimov

Name: Shamil Khakimov Country/Area of Origin: Tajikistan Background: Shamil Khakimov is a Jehovah’s Witness Reason for Arrest: In February 2019, then 68-year-old Shamil Khakimov was arrested in Khukad, Tajikistan, due to his identity as a Jehovah’s Witness and in response to his work peacefully evangelizing and sharing his beliefs. Khakimov was accused of “inciting religious …

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Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

Name: Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee Country/Area of Origin: Iran Reason for Arrest: Iraee is an Iranian accountant, writer, and human rights advocate whose major target for activism is abolishing the inhumane punishment of stoning which is used in Iran. In September 2014, following Iraee’s writing of an article condemning the cruel practice, authorities barged into her …

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Ramzan Bibi

Name: Ramzan Bibi Country/Area of Origin: Pakistan Background: Ramzan Bibi is a 55-year-old Ahmadi Muslim woman from Cheleki village, Punjab Province, Pakistan. Bibi is a member of the Ahmadi Muslim community, one of Pakistan’s most persecuted religious minority groups. Misuse and fraudulent use of blasphemy laws targets Pakistani Ahmadi Muslims and Christians for arrest. Additionally, …

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Ramy Kamel

Name: Ramy Kamel Saied Salid (commonly known as Ramy Kamel) Country/Area of Origin: Egypt Background: Kamel is a notable Egyptian human rights defender and Coptic Christian who has participated in numerous events to highlight the ill-treatment of Egyptian minority groups. He is a founder of the Maspero Youth Union, which works towards ending discrimination towards …

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