Asia

North Korean Couple Killed During Attempted Escape

A North Korean couple has been shot by firing squad immediately following their attempted escape via the border with South Korea, according to Radio Free Asia. A North Korean citizen from Ryanggang, the city in which the couple lived prior to their untimely death, has explained that the middle-aged couple had received a call from …

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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi’s Brother Brutally Murdered in Sheikhupura

As many members of the international religious freedom and human rights community will remember, Asia Bibi is a Pakistani laborer who was convicted in 2010 of blasphemy following an incident in which she was accused by three Muslim coworkers of making blasphemous comments about the Prophet. Despite Asia’s claims that she did not make such …

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Iran Cracking Down on Christian Converts, Even Amidst the Pandemonium

Middle East Concern has recently released an article explaining the situation of four unlucky Iranian Christian converts who have recently attended their hearing on May 14th in regards to the charges raised against them for participating in “house church membership.” The group of four, including Ramin Hassanpour, Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi, and another who wishes …

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Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

On May 14, the United States Senate unanimously passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, a landmark bill that holds the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the mass internment and persecution of Uyghurs. This legislation also “endorses targeted sanctions on culpable Chinese government officials, and creates a mandate for reports on human rights abuses in …

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Genocide in Myanmar

Throughout March and April, ethnic violence and internal displacement in Myanmar has been on the rise, despite the International Court of Justice’s ruling in late January that the government of Myanmar must “refrain from acts of genocide against the Rohingya.” Such was a landmark decision that recognized the genocidal tactics used against Rohingya Muslims, such …

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Iran Updates on Prisoners of Conscience: Fatemeh Bakhteri and Mary Mohammadi

Background: Iran remains one of USCIRF’s recommendations for the designation as a Country of Particular Concern in regards to international religious freedom. As an Islamic nation, religious minorities such as Baha’is and Christians are routinely detained for apostasy, blasphemy, and evangelism. According to USCIRF, “Iran harasses, fines, and arrests those who dissent from its interpretation …

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“Unacceptable” – Jubilee Campaign + 20 Organizations Submit Letter Criticizing the Designation of China to the HRC Consultative Group

Following the designation of China to the HRC Consultative Group, Jubilee Campaign and 20 other organizations submitted a letter to the President of the Human Rights Council. Jubilee Campaign sees the selection of China for a position in the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group as unacceptable given China’s persistent violation of human rights and its failure to meet its international human rights obligations.

Attacks in Afghanistan

Background: USCIRF has continuously recommended that Afghanistan be placed on the State Department’s Special Watch List due to its numerous religious freedom violations, which are only exacerbated by the already entrenched political turmoil. Afghanistan has state-sanctioned death penalty for those who leave Islam, including Christian converts. In addition there is routine targeting by the Talibans …

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North Korea Freedom Week Kicks Off!

North Korea Freedom Week is an annual event held to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people.  It first began in 2004 in Washington, D.C., as North Korea Freedom Day, the largest gathering of individuals to promote human rights in North Korea that had ever been held outside the Korean peninsula.

Letter to Secretary Pompeo on Religious Freedom in Vietnam

 March 27, 2020  The Honorable Mike PompeoSecretary of StateUnited States Department of State2201 C Street NWWashington, DC 2050 Dear Secretary Pompeo,  We, representatives of concerned multi-faith organizations and individuals, write to urge your Department to publicly and privately call on the Vietnamese government to:  – Allow all independent religious organizations to freely conduct religious activities …

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