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October 24, 2018   •   

Pastor Brunson Safely Home in America After Two Years of Prison in Turkey

Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, who served a small Evangelical Presbyterian congregation in Izmir, Turkey, for 23 years, is back in the U.S. after more than two years in prison.

September 8, 2018   •   

China Escalates the Pressure on Tibetan Buddhists

Through 60 years of occupation by China, Tibet has continued to assert its unique culture and Buddhist religion.

September 6, 2018   •   

USCIRF Calls for the Release of Pastor Nadarkhani

Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is serving 10 years in Iran’s notorious Ervin Prison. He and three members of his congregation were arrested in July.

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.

August 26, 2018   •   

White House Increases the Pressure on Turkey Over Pastor Brunson’s Release

On Sunday, August 19, the White House refused to negotiate with Turkey over fines until pastor Andrew Brunson is returned home to the U.S.

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.

April 19, 2018   •   

The Role of FECRIS in Russia’s Anti-Hindu Activities

An article in the Daily Caller titled “Russia is Waging War on Religious Minorities and Hindus are Their Next Target,” calls attention to FECRIS and especially Alexander Dvorkin as the force driving this repression forward.

March 31, 2018   •   

Church Bells Ring this Easter in Iraq

Excerpts from an article on an interview with Father Robert Jerjees in Baghdad, in which Al Jazeera reports on the first Easter in Iraq after the defeat of ISIL: The Christian community in Iraq is said to be one of the oldest continuously existing communities in the world.

February 10, 2018   •   

Newsweek: Alexander Dvorkin Accused of Harassing Hindu Guru

In a Newsweek article February 6, staff writer Cristina Maza reports on a concerted campaign of harassment against popular Hindu religious leader Shri Prakash Ji that he claims is the work of anti-cultist Alexander Dvorkin.

February 4, 2018   •   

Kazakhstan: A Bleak Year for Religious Freedom

As reported in Forum 18, there were 279 known administrative prosecutions in Kazakhstan to punish the exercising of freedom of religion or belief in 2017.

November 12, 2017   •   

Understanding Hungary’s Repressive Religion Law

The U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 includes a summary of the 2011 Hungary religion law and an overview of the country’s practices in violation of the freedom of religion or belief, which includes the following key information.

October 22, 2017   •   

Scientologists protest violation of their right to religious freedom in Hungary

Article republished courtesy of the European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom Today in Budapest, several hundreds of Scientologists gathered peacefully with candles before their Church in Budapest to protest what they called an outrageous and wholesale violation of the human rights of all

September 17, 2017   •   

Scientology Presentation to Working Session 6 at the OSCE – ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of 2017

Warsaw, Poland • Oral presentation at the OSCE - ODIHR Meeting of 2017, Working session 6.

August 12, 2017   •   

Attacks Against Christians in India on the Rise

Last year India was listed at number 15 on the World Watch List of the 50 most difficult countries for Christians to live in. In 2017, the country has seen nearly as many attacks against Christians so far as in all of 2016.

June 22, 2017   •   

When Belief Is A Crime

We need to wake up, all of us, and realize that every time we allow someone’s religious rights to be kicked aside, we are putting our own at risk. If a group as large and established as the Christian church can be discriminated against and criminalized, what is safe?

June 17, 2017   •   

Kazakh Sunni Muslim Given 5-Year Sentence for Talking About Islam

Sunni Muslim Nariman Seytzhanov was convicted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, of “inciting religious hatred or discord” under the broadly framed Criminal Code Article 174, Part 1.