Freedom of Religion as a Human Right
The Council of Europe’s Upcoming Vote on Establishing “Sect Observatories” looking to keep an eye on cults and religious sects - one country's religion is another country's cult.
Progress in parts of Syria
North and East Syria have made huge headway in establishing a pluralistic society. There is commitment to protecting coexistence between ethnic and religious groups, and women from all backgrounds are serving in structures of governance.
‘Christian patriots’ are flocking from blue states to Idaho
Washington Post article detailing the movement of US ‘Christian nationalists’ into an area of Utah and discussing the differences arising within the movement as its political strength increases.
Iran finally releases Pastor
Longtime prisoner of conscience, Yousef Nadarkhani finally released from Iranian prison
U.S. report looking at Pakistan's failure to improve conditions for its minorities, growing intolerance within the country’s leadership for religious diversity.
Over the last several years Uzbekistan has made progress with ending police raids on religious minority communities; granting official registration to a small number of religious groups; releasing some prisoners for their religious activities.
Violence and Religious Freedom in Nigeria
Nigeria in the past, has experienced religious tolerance and harmony. But in the last decade non-state actors have stirred up violence and the failure of political leadership has resulted in ongoing and increasing violence for religious communities.
Religious Freedom in Egyptian Schools Reforms
An interesting USCIRF Conversation: Assessing Religious Freedom in Egyptian Curriculum Reform. Egypt has been encouraged to examine its school curriculum and improve the educations system approach to issues of freedom of religion.
Opposition spreading against U.N. proposal to make abortion a human right
The United Nations bureaucracy continues its radical agenda, deaf to the concerns and opposition of dozens of its members.
Bungee jumping while Tehran burns
We continue to wait for a serious response to the events in Iran. Will Canada finally step up and take a leadership role? Seems unlikely as we see the ongoing failure by Trudeau and Freeland. Canada still has a role to play in combatting tyranny.
California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops
Several state legislatures are now allowing a new method of dealing with human remains.
Report: Free to Live
This 2022 preliminary report by OpenDoors explores and solidifies the direct relationship that we find exists between religious persecution of Christians and the life-altering situation of becoming an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) or refugee.
Wall Street Journal
Who is Mahsa Amini, and Why Did Her Death Spark Protests in Iran?
Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody triggered worldwide protests, was a shy, reserved resident of a small town who never challenged the country's clerical rulers or its Islamic dress code, sources close to the family have said.
A Bold Act of Unity for Syrian Christians
A decision made last spring to bring religious minorities together to protect rights, made in an area not well known for religious harmony.
Afghanistan Freedoms Report
On August 15, 2021 the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Since then, freedoms have been drastically curtailed and the Taliban is ruling Afghanistan in a similar manner to the way it ruled the country from 1996 to 2001.
The issues of religious freedom in Nicaragua centre around the Ortega government’s determination to punish the Catholic church for its participation in anti-government activity that stems from Ortega’s ongoing attempts to stay in power.
Five years later the Russian regime is still imprisoning Jehovah Witnesses
Five years on from the 2017 ban on Jehovah's Witnesses, prosecutors have launched criminal cases on "extremism" charges against more than 600 individuals, of whom more than 200 have so far been convicted.
India activist Afreen Fatima says her house bulldozed ‘illegally’
Muslim activist in India – loses her home while she is gone. House is bulldozed and personal items thrown on the ground in a lost nearby.
Pakistan court upholds death sentence of Christian brothers in blasphemy case
Pakistan’s abuse of its religious minorities continues, with long imprisonments and faulty decisions once again putting people at risk of the death penalty
TV interview explores constructive role of religion in society
A one hour and twenty minute conversation initiated by the Tunisian Baha’i community to explore insights and efforts that have enabled people to unite and create bonds of trust and cooperation.
A Tehran court sentences seven Christians, including a clergyman, to a total of 32 years in prison
The Iranian court system (and regime) continues to be the bad joke with which we are so familiar with. When judges insert themselves into their cases it is never a good result,
Holy days are not sacred to those who hate
'Vile, Satanic Attack': Gunmen Kill at Least 50 Worshippers and Children at Church on Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria
In God's Name
An excellent article discussing Pakistan’s unfortunate focus on blasphemy laws and the ongoing ability of extremists to use blaspheme charges to punish religious minorities
Church founded by St David pupil to hold final service
From 583 to 2022 but the little church is down to 2 worshippers
Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. | Courtesy of ADF International.
Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial
All charges against Finnish , MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola are unanimously dismissed following high-profile free speech trial. The former Finnish Minister of the Interior, faced three criminal charges for sharing her faith.