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  • World's worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's first designation of the world's worst violators of religious freedom received the same evaluation as the last list under President Obama -- good but not good enough.

    The State Department announced Thursday (Jan. 4) the re-designation of the same "countries of particular concern" (CPCs) announced in April 2016 by the Obama administration. In a Dec. 22 action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson kept Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the list, according to a department spokesperson. Read More

  • Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), are advocating for the student, 20-year-old Felix Yuniel Llerena López, who was arrested April 27 upon his return from a trip to Washington. Read More

  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (10 months ago)

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate. Read More

  • USCIRF: Religious liberty continues to decline

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Soul freedom is everyone's issue, for religious and non-religious people alike."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty continued to worsen globally in the last year, according to the annual report of a bipartisan, federal watchdog.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) reported Monday (May 2) governments around the world and non-government forces in locations such as Nigeria, Iraq and Syria were guilty of a "serious and sustained assault" on freedom of belief. The commission cited the rampant imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, the startling increase in refugees and the ongoing bigotry toward Jews and Muslims in Europe as examples of attacks on religious adherents. Read More

  • U.S. actions could benefit persecuted overseas

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 09, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

    The House of Representatives approved reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a voice vote Oct. 6. The Senate passed the same legislation without opposition Sept. 30. Read More

  • USCIRF crucial to religious freedom, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

    "Religious liberty isn't an American privilege."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined a diverse collection of religious liberty advocates to urge members of Congress to reauthorize an important federal panel on global religious freedom as the deadline for doing so nears.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and 85 others signed onto a letter calling for reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by Sept. 30. The current authority for the panel expires on that date. Read More

  • 'Sinicization' of Christianity China's aim

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 06, 2015 (2 years ago)

    China Aid photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution of Christians and other religion groups in China has increased in scope, depth and intensity in the past year, according to the latest annual reports from religious persecution watch groups.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and the international non-profit China Aid Association USA both report high increases in abuses against Christians and other religious groups in the 12 months of 2014. Read More

  • Report: Global religious liberty still languishes

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    "Clearly, religious freedom deserves a permanent seat at the table of our country's foreign policy."-- Katrina Lantos Swett
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty conditions failed to improve on the world stage in a year marked by barbarous campaigns of extremist groups in some regions, a United States watchdog panel said Thursday (April 30) in its annual report. Read More

  • Global religious freedom draws leaders' appeal

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Religious freedom: the "ultimate counter-terrorism weapon."-- Russell Moore & other letter signers
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's lead religious freedom advocate is part of a widely diverse, informal coalition urging Congress to strengthen protections for the rights of people of faith overseas. Read More