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October 31, 2023   •   

Scotland’s Dark History of Witch Hysteria Laid Bare In New Museum

In the 1600s, nearly 4,000 people were accused of witchcraft in Scottland with 2,500 executed

August 16, 2022   •   

Thousands Took Part in #Stand4Uyghurs Protests to Call Attention to the Uyghur Genocide

Protesters gathered to draw attention to the plight of the Uyghurs other Turkic Muslims.

May 25, 2022   •   

A Haven for Early Christians Discovered

As many as 70,000 ancient Christians and Jews sought refuge in a hidden underground city in Turkey in the second and third centuries.

February 22, 2022   •   

Afghanistan Tops Watchdog List of World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Christians

Open Doors’ World Watch List emphasizes persecution of Christians in Afghanistan.

February 1, 2021   •   

New U.S. Secretary of State Concurs with Predecessor’s Condemnation of ‘Genocide’ in China

Secretary of State Antony Blinken endorses Mike Pompeo's denunciation of the Chinese Communist Party for committing “genocide” against the Uyghurs.

August 31, 2020   •   

Religious Persecution Continues Unabated on International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

The day is observed August 22 in recognition of the importance of combating hate crimes, providing sufferers appropriate assistance and support, and encouraging interfaith dialogue.

July 21, 2020   •   

Report: America is Closing its Doors on Persecuted Christians and Other Global Refugees

The flow of Christians resettling in the United States from countries where they face persecution has decreased by as much as 90 percent.

June 2, 2020   •   

Watchdog Group Reports Worldwide on Persecution of Christians

A nondenominational, nongovernmental Christian watchdog group headquartered in Washington, D.C., is battling Christian persecution by providing assistance to victims and raising public awareness about their plight.

June 26, 2019   •   

Moot Court in Israel Brings Justice to the Mastermind of the Holocaust

Nearly 75 years after the end of the Holocaust, in a moot court held in Jerusalem, Israeli students brought the architect of Hitler’s eugenics program to justice.

June 12, 2019   •   

Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion

The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution to establish August 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion.

September 3, 2018   •   

CESNUR Paper Sheds Light on the Anti-Religious Movement

One aspect of “fake news” that gets little airplay in the media is the false information generated and spread by the anti-religious movement.

March 22, 2018   •   

U.S. Catholics Concerned About Persecution of Christians and Other Social Problems

Although 40 percent of American Catholics believe that there is severe persecution of Christians around the world, they rank this as less important than other human rights issues such as human trafficking, poverty, climate change and the refugee crisis.

January 12, 2018   •   

Christian Women Suffer Discrimination for Faith and for Sex

A new report published by the global religious persecution watchdog organization Open Doors reveals Christian women face twice as much persecution as men.

November 29, 2017   •   

“Red Wednesday” Colors The World in Recognition of Religious Martyrs

In Christianity, red is the color of martyrdom. For this reason on November 22, churches and public buildings around the world were lit up red in celebration of Red Wednesday —a day to honor and remember those killed or tortured for their religious beliefs.

November 16, 2017   •   

USCIRF Explains Why it Urges the State Department to Include Russia and Pakistan on the Countries of Particular Concern List

In the annual report, released in April, USCIRF recommended that 16 countries be designated CPCs: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

November 9, 2017   •   

For Scientology, History Repeats Itself Again in Hungary

On the 10th anniversary of the Church of Scientology receiving full religious recognition in Spain, World Religion News published an article on the Church ’s protracted legal battle in that country and parallels to the current situation in Hungary. Republished with permission of WRN.

November 2, 2017   •   

CESNUR Calls Attention to the Plight of Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution

Statement published by CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) in commemoration of International Religous Freedom Day.

August 1, 2017   •   

FECRIS Vice President Justifies Russian Repression of Jehovah’s Witnesses

In a statement so duplicitous it makes a mockery of credibility, Alexander Dvorkin, vice-president of the European antisect organization FECRIS, funded by the French government, claims that recent actions against innocent members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia were carried out to protect the h

July 17, 2017   •   

Coalition of American Black Churches Sends Warning to Qatar

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), has warned Qatar that his initiative, representing 15.7 million African Americans and 34,000 churches of 15 denominations “will not sit by quietly and allow” the persecution of the Christian community of Qatar.

June 27, 2017   •   

Russia Flouts International Law in Threat to Draft Crimean Jehovah’s Witness into Army

Russia has come under renewed attack from human rights groups in the case of a Jehovah’s Witness in Russian-occupied Crimea, ordered by Russian authorities to prove he has renounced his faith or transferred to another religion deemed acceptable by the state or be drafted into the Russian Army.