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Betrayed, Watched and Martyred: 5 Trends in Persecution

January 16, 2021

With the release of the 2021 World Watch List, the Open Doors researchers also identify and outline five major trends in persecution against Christians. Betrayed, watched and martyred: 5 major trends in persecution against Christians

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RLP Roundtable on India

November 2, 2020

The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) held a virtual Roundtable on India, October 28, 2020. Focused on understanding the current challenging context in India, as well as recommending actions in response key leaders from 20+ countries participated in the event. Moderated by RLP Chairman Mervyn Thomas, presenters for this fourth RLP Roundtable included Tehmina Aorora from…

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International Religious Liberty Advocacy

October 28, 2020

This unique resource, International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations, Law, and NGOs, by H. Knox Thames, Chris Seiple and Amy Rowe, is designed to equip activists and policymakers with an intimate knowledge of the governmental institutions, NGOs, and laws that work to safeguard religious liberty across the world. Beginning with an overview of…

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For the Survival of the Church: What Our Theology Has to Do with Persecution

October 2, 2020

For Helene Fisher and Elizabeth Miller of Open Doors International, what Christians believe about men and women matters to the literal survival of the church. By investigating the gender-specific aspects of religious persecution, they’ve uncovered the complex and detrimental impact that gender stereotypes and inequalities have on the stability of the Christian church under pressure…

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How are anti-missionary laws influencing the evangelical church in Russia?

September 28, 2020

“It is remarkable that even during a pandemic there have been numerous instances of limiting the religious freedom of evangelical believers in Russia, mostly fines for distributing spiritual literature and bans on conducting worship services. The fact that the state is so active in its attempts to control the activity of evangelical communities even in…

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RLP Holds Roundtable on Nigeria

September 18, 2020

The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) held a virtual Roundtable on Nigeria, September 16, 2020. Focused on recommending joint action regarding the violence taking place in Nigeria, ninety key leaders from 20+ countries participated in the event. Moderated by RLP Chairman Mervyn Thomas, presenters for this third RLP Roundtable included Lord David Alton, Member of the…

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COVID-19 and Refugees

September 12, 2020

The UNHCR has just released exceptionally helpful maps, statistics, and other facts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s forcibly displaced peoples. Includes specific sections on asylum, repatriation, and resettlement. Click here to see the interactive storymap.  

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Religious Liberty Partnership Holds Advocacy Roundtable

August 5, 2020

The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) held it second virtual Roundtable, “Religious Freedom Advocacy in a Changing World,” on July 29, 2020.  Panelists included, Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Liberty; David Anderson, Chairman of the International Panel of Paliamentarians for Freedom of Religious or Belief; and Baroness Caroline Cox, Member of the…

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Nigeria’s Silent Slaughter

August 3, 2020

The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a member of the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP), launched a new report this past week that brings overwhelming evidence regarding the religious persecution and genocide that has been occurring in Nigeria over the last 20 years.  The report includes recent testimonies of some of the more than 60,000 victims…

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CLOSED DOORS: Persecuted Christians and the U.S. Refugee Processes

July 14, 2020

World Relief, a Christian humanitarian organization serving refugees and displaced people, and RLP member Open Doors USA, an international religious freedom watchdog group, published a joint report revealing a surprising 90% reduction since 2015 in the number of Christians resettled from countries where the church faces persecution. Resettlement for other religious minorities — Jewish refugees…

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