Religious Liberty

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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October 11, 2019 The Honorable Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Do Not Abandon the People of Northeast Syria! Dear President Trump: We urge you to reconsider and reverse your decision of October 6 allowing Turkey to invade the Self-Administration of Northeastern Syria (SANES). It was deeply shocking …

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ANN BUWALDA’S TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMITTEE

TO WATCH ANN BUWALDA’S REMARKS CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS: Ann Buwalda’s oral testimony   Ann Buwalda’s response to Congressman Bass reference to the Muslim Ban   Ann Buwalda’s response to Congressman Smith regarding UNHCR’s adjudication referencing Talib Masih   Ann Buwalda’s response to Congressman Wild’s question on vetting procedures   Congressman Smith Addresses Michael …

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Support, Do Not Abandon Christians…in Syria’s Northeast

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM R O U N D T A B L E January 9, 2019 The Honorable Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Support, Do Not Abandon, Christians, Yazidis and Kurds in Syria’s Northeast Dear President Trump: We greatly appreciate your Administration’s commitment to international religious freedom …

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Trump Nominates International Religious Freedom Ambassador

Governor Sam Brownback has been nominated by President Trump as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Before serving as governor in Kansas, Brownback served in the Senate from 1996-2011. As senator, he was instrumental in promoting human rights policies. Brownback was a sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. This act has been …

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Jubilee Campaign delivers petition for blasphemy victim

Jubilee Campaign Netherlands met with the Indonesian ambassador and delivered a petition with 19,973 signatures calling for the release of Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Indonesia’s capital. The petition is addressed directly to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and calls on the president to deploy the immediate release of Ahok and the protection …

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Pakistani Christian refugee dies in Thai detention center

Last month, 35-year-old Pakistani Christian Ijaz Masih passed away after he was refused medical treatment by the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok, Thailand. Masih was in Bangkok with his wife and three children seeking international refugee protection from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (Photo from British Christian Pakistani Association) According to reports, …

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Islamic laws tighten in Pakistan

There have been two recent developments in Pakistani law that further threaten the freedom of religious minorities in the country. On Wednesday, the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs passed the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which governs behavior during Ramazan. The punishment for hotels that violate the law rose from Rs 500 to Rs 25,000 (about $5 to …

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USCIRF releases annual report on religious freedom

Last week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report. Every year, USCIRF releases this report to recommend countries to be designated as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) by the U.S. Department of State. A CPC is a country designated by the Secretary of State as a country that …

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Pastor Abducted in Malaysia

Jubilee Campaign covers a wide range of countries and human rights issues, and I’d like to inform you of a new project that we are undertaking in Malaysia. Malaysian religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists have experienced increased persecution in recent years. Malaysia has been known for being a fairly moderate Muslim-majority country and …

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