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Vulnerable Religious Communities and the Outbreak of COVID-19

Background: On April 30, 2020, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA hosted a virtual webinar titled “Vulnerable Religious Communities during COVID” in which numerous panelists including Ambassador Sam Brownback and USCIRF Commissioner Rev. Johnnie Moore discussed how the outbreak of COVID-19 has exacerbated the discrimination and mistreatment of religious minority communities around the world. Starting off with …

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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.

USCIRF Releases 2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Each year, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) releases a comprehensive report in which they discuss the situations in countries which are the most repressive regarding religious freedom. These reports serve as a major source of information produced by a U.S. government agency. These reports which detail restrictions on the exercise of …

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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.

Multi-Faith Letter Submitted to President Trump Prior to His Trip to India

20 February 2020 The International Religious Freedom Roundtable, which operates out of Washington D.C., submitted a multi-faith letter addressed to President Trump, prior to his trip to India, highlighting the religious persecution in India and urging him to raise this issue with Prime Minister Modi of India. In the multi-faith letter, the argument was made …

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Report: Rally for Release of Eritrean Patriarch Abune Antonios

8 November 2019, Washington DC. Amongst the crowd of protesters, you can distinguish representatives from the Orthodox church clad in black with golden crosses, Eritrean women donned in the white national dress of Eritrea laced with a colourful gold-tinted frame, one elderly woman clasping to her sign of the Father Antonius, a modern couple pushing …

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Human Rights in China: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Rule of Law

On September 19, a parallel event organized by Jubilee Campaign and Christian Solidarity Worldwide was held during the Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event focused on human rights, religious persecution, and rule of law in China and drew attention to the situation of the Early Rain Covenant Church members, …

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