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PEW Research Center’s Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World

December 7, 2019

The 10th annual report from Pew dives deeper into the ways government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion have changed, from 2007 to 2017. A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World

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Ukraine’s Freedom’s Expanding – Slowly

October 9, 2019

Uzbekistan has long been one of the world’s most repressive societies. But a new president appears to be loosening the state’s grip, little by little.  Great article by Navbahor Imamova.  

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What’s Up with Religious Freedom Worldwide?

August 5, 2019

Persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians and Muslims, has risen around the world over the last few years, and a new trend is emerging where non-state actors are playing an increasing role in targeted attacks.  Watch Nadine Maenza, Vice Chair of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, at the Taiwan International Religious Freedom…

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Religious Martyrs Are Not Victims, but Witnesses

July 10, 2019

In a speech delivered on July 4th as part of the Embrace the Middle East event, His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, has urged the public not to view martyrs as victims but as witnesses — challenging the media to take seriously the responsibility they have in reporting persecution. “Labelling martyrs as…

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Indonesia Report Urges President Widodo to Tackle Intolerance

May 29, 2019

CSW, UK has called on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to make it the priority of his second term to defend freedom of religion or belief,  strengthen Indonesia’s tradition of religious pluralism, and counter religious extremism and intolerance. In a new report released today following a three-week visit to Indonesia in April, CSW, a member of…

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Religious Liberty Partnership Releases 2019 Statement on Nigeria

May 10, 2019

BREAKING NEWS:  The Religious Liberty Partnership has released a Statement on Nigeria calling on Christians worldwide for prayer and action.  Entitled the Abuja Statement on the Crises in Central Nigeria, the document states that though “there has been a long history of disputes between nomadic herders and farming communities across the Sahel,” the current attacks…

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7 Reasons Why Sinicization Is Not Rhetoric This Time

May 4, 2019

By Jackson Wu (from ChinaSource) Some people have expressed their doubt about China’s recent initiative to “Sinicize” Christianity. They suspect the plan is simply propaganda, empty threats, or show. After all, haven’t we seen similar programs rolled out in the past? We’ve been there, done that. Or have we? I suggest there are at least seven…

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For Christian Women, Persecution Looks Like Rape

January 26, 2019

For years, Nigerian doctor Rebecca Dali has cared for her country’s poor and widows. But it was her most recent efforts—reintegrating former Boko Haram captives—that won her the United Nations’ 2017 Sérgio Vieira de Mello humanitarian award. Dali offers psychological support and practical skill training for Christian girls and women who are often suffering from intense…

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Pitfalls in Combatting Persecution

January 18, 2019

Pitfalls in combatting persecution, by Judd Birdsall   A great number of Western Christians have laudably invested their time, money, and energy to confront the massive global challenge of religious persecution. Sadly, their effectiveness has too often been limited or undermined by several common mistakes.  This paper explores seven of these pitfalls and points to Christian…

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Persecution and The Way of The Cross

December 19, 2018

In a Storm, May We Be the Ones Who Hold an Umbrella for Others: Persecution, the Way of the Cross, and Our Response in Love The church worldwide has suffered great persecution in recent days. On May 13, there were bomb attacks on three churches in Indonesia. According to reports, four of the attackers were…

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