Internet Freedom issues are increasingly important, and controversial
The Internet Freedom Project by 21Wilburforc is a good tool to educate ourselves on how internet censorship and control can affect an individual’s opportunity to participate fully in society.
Iranian authorities increase attacks on journalists in response to September protests.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iranian government to immediately stop the suppression of journalists, to release the ones in detention, to allow free media to have access to information and to restore the network integrity.
Free speech decision in Washington DC overturns lower court restrictions
A trio of pro-life counselors won a major free speech legal victory when a District of Columbia appeals court ordered a lower court to dismiss a lawsuit against them.
The Invisible Jihad: the Treatment of Christians by Iran Proxies
A new report examines the use of proxy militias in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen by the Iranian government that have played a significant role in the dramatic decline of Christians in the region.
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.
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t if they don’t contact their MPs
ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner Harassed at Yale Law School Event
Campuses are becoming places of repression rather than education. Even the supposedly ‘top’ of schools are no longer able to guarantee basics such as freedom of speech.
Time to Challenge Compelled Speech?
We have an interesting article discussing the (relatively) new phenomenon of ‘compelled speech’. An increasing number of educational institutions have adopted political statements that they require employees and prospective employees to agree to.
Religious Liberty Tested in Finland
A very comprehensive and compelling analysis of freedom of speech issues in Finland and the EU sphere as former Minister of the government of Finland has been tried on freedom of speech issues, even after the police recommended charges be dismissed.
Finland Persues Charges Against Member of Parliament for Expressing Her Faith View
Ongoing case of Finland legislator being persecuted for her faith perspectives and communication of it
Social Media's Role in Attack on Minorities in the Middle East
Colleagues of mine are involved in a variety of projects. Here’s a video of the Anti-Defamation League Task Force on Middle East Minorities webinar, “Inciting and Enabling the Mob: Social Media’s Role in Attacks on Minorities in the Middle East.”
Foreign influencers used to whitewash Xinjiang abuses: Report
The power of governments to manipulate reality is demonstrated by the Chinese governments ability to establish ‘foreign influencers’ to carry its version of what is happening in Xinjiang.
A year and a half - comments on Covid-19
Its been an unusual year and a half to say the least. I want to share my thoughts and comments here over the next little while about COVID and provide additional insights into what has been happening in this pandemic.
Chinese Pastors Ordered to Preach on President's Speech
President Xi Jinping continues his attempts to hijack the faith of Chinese Christians and pastors
Christian organisations in Europe blacklisted as anti-gender religious extremists by MPs
Bizarre rhetoric around prolife issues expose the paranoid misrepresentations of EU prochoice MPs. I guess the notion is if you call someone something that means they must be that very thing. Extremely dangerous when those who do it are in power.
Controversial “anti-rights black list” in Argentina includes pastors, churches and evangelicals
Incredibly dangerous moves by Planned Parenthood to try to isolate and violate the rights of many groups in Argentina.
Flattered to Be on China’s Sanctions List
Criticism of the Chinese government typically attracts a quick reaction. Two Commissioners of the USCIRF respond to being placed on the Chinese Communist Party’s sanctions list.
China shuts down Bible App and Christian WeChat
The Chinese government continues harassment of Christians by further interfering with their ability to access Christian material and websites, even as state sponsored churches crank up their indoctrination using President Xi’ promotional propaganda
Christian MP in Finland Supporting Biblical Marriage and Sexualtiy Charged with Hate Crimes
This isn’t hate speech, its opinion….. and it cant be criminalized in a society that allow free speech. This is intimidation at its finest. This should be covered by mainstream media but will not be.
Canadian Court Empowers Police to ‘Do Anything Necessary’ to Disrupt Church, Find Pastor
Calgary Police and Alberta Health Services apply for and receive a secret warrant - “to use such reasonable force as they deem appropriate to gain access” to the building of the church led by Pastor Artur Pawlowski.
Washington Post slammed for tweeting 'very Catholic' Biden colliding with 'right-wing' bishops
I'm not aware that anyone has ever referred to Biden as ‘very Catholic’before. But if he is, as the Washington Post asserts, then anyone opposing him must be very ‘something else’, as in only ‘a rising groups of right wing’ bishops.
Christian pastor arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible
Elderly Christian pastor in London, England says he was treated 'shamefully' after being arrested for making 'homophobic statements' after preaching from the Bible.
Flagship Protestant colleges stripped of right to offer higher education in Russia
Russia is not letting up on its suppression of faith minority communities – at least three mainline Protestant seminaries have lost their accreditation in the last few months.
New Zealand lawmakers want ‘buffer zones’ banning pro-life speech at abortion centers
Proabortion zealots are never satisfied. After already removing virtually all restrictions re abortion the NZ Parliament moves to further repress the right to even speak about the issue.
Violating Rights: Enforcing the World’s Blasphemy Laws
For more information on blasphemy laws around the world, please see USCIRF's recent comprehensive report.