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November 9, 2023   •   

Nobel Peace Laureate Ends Hunger Strike in Iranian Prison

Serving 12 years of multiple prison sentences in Iran for her public opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran

September 13, 2023   •   

Chinese Government Guidelines Impose Increased Political Influence on Religious Venues, Sermons and Activities

China has implemented new repressive guidelines.

May 19, 2023   •   

“Deteriorating Conditions for Freedom of Religion or Belief

USCIRF notes a worsening scene internationally in its annual report

February 21, 2023   •   

Catholics Oppose Plan to Demolish 17th-Century Chapel in India

A 416-year-old chapel is at risk of being destroyed.

January 22, 2023   •   

Ukrainian Scholars and Activists Urge France to Stop Funding ‘Anti-Cult’ Group

An appeal to French President Emmanuel Macron to cease France’s support of FECRIS.

December 26, 2022   •   

The Miracle of Chanukah: Endurance In The Face of “They Are Not Like Us”

The struggle between those who rant “They are not like us“ and those who simply want to be themselves?

November 10, 2022   •   

Religious Minority Students Expelled from School in Pakistan

A private school network has expelled Ahmadi schoolchildren because of their faith.

August 28, 2022   •   

Women’s Rights Activist Imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

Salma al-Shehab was sentenced to 34 years in prison, followed by a 34-year travel ban.

August 22, 2022   •   

Sikhs, Hindus at Risk, Unable to Leave Afghanistan Because of Visa Delays

As many as 100 minority Sikhs and Hindus who want to escape Afghanistan are unable to do so.

August 13, 2022   •   

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a Confession

The denomination’s role in oppressing Indigenous American and Alaskan nations.

July 11, 2022   •   

Religious Minorities Face Growing Threat of Digital Persecution, Christian Support Group Warns

Religious minorities targeted on digital platforms face an ‘Orwellian existence’

March 28, 2022   •   

U.S. Secretary of State Calls Myanmar’s Repression of the Rohingya a ‘Genocide’

State Department assessment classifies the Myanmar military’s treatment of the Rohingya as genocide and crimes against humanity.

October 24, 2021   •   

Religious and Human Rights Groups Advocate for 2,763 Missing Yazidi Women and Children

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top European Union, British and Canadian officials urged to persist in locating nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children missing since captured seven years ago

September 7, 2021   •   

Christian Couple, Held on Death Row in Pakistan for Blasphemy, Now Free

Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending seven years on death row in Pakistan, have been granted asylum in Europe.

July 23, 2021   •   

Christian Organizations Fear for the Safety of Jailed Cuban Pastors

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Christian and religious freedom advocacy groups call for the release of two pastors detained by authorities in Cuba July 11 for joining widespread antigovernment demonstrations in the Caribbean nation.

July 30, 2020   •   

Islamic Leader Calls For an ‘End to Acts of Terror’ in Nigeria

An Islamic scholar has urged the government of Nigeria to take “decisive action” against the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

July 24, 2020   •   

USCIRF Releases Groundbreaking Report on Religious Freedom in Russia

A July 17 report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls for the U.S. government to publicly censure Alexander Dvorkin for ongoing disinformation campaign against religious minorities.

February 19, 2020   •   

Catholic Monk Held Captive by ISIS Believes in Peace

A Syrian-Catholic monk kidnapped and held hostage for nearly five months by Islamic State militants believes he is still alive because of the humanitarian work he did among Muslims displaced during the war in Syria in the years before he was abducted.

December 19, 2019   •   

India’s New Citizenship Law Provokes Mass Protests and Violence

Violent unrest has erupted across India over a contentious new citizenship law that offers immunity to undocumented immigrants from half a dozen religious faiths but excludes Muslims.

September 26, 2019   •   

The Release of Asia Bibi Fosters Hope for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

The release of Asia Bibi on May 8, 2019, has brought hope to the international religious community for greater tolerance of religious minorities in Pakistan.

January 1, 2019   •   

Anti-Conversion Laws a Concern of the USCIRF

A special report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom focuses on anti-conversion laws in South Asia.

April 27, 2018   •   

India’s Indigenous Faiths Rally to Demand Their Rights

Some 10,000 men and women belonging to indigenous faiths joined forces April 24 in the town of Gumla in Jharkhand to demand recognition of their traditional religions.