The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged the authoritarian government of Eritrea to release Patriarch Abune Antonio, who was illegally removed as head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and remains in detention for 10 years.
The U.S. State Department's Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein argued Wednesday that calling the ISIS' atrocities against Christians "genocide" would make no difference in how the Obama administration is responding to the crisis.
Earlier this month, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) asked the U.S. government to designate Christians,...
Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria director claims that the international community should be more critical of the new Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, which includes nations who incite sectarian and religious violence.
"This is not a time for us to be cautious or muted in our denunciation," Katrina Lantos Swett of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said. "It is a time for us to boldly declare that what they are doing is the worst of crimes and that is genocide." The post Is ISIS Guilty Of Carrying Out Genocide? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Last week, Rabbi David Saperstein tweeted this on International Religious Freedom Day: On Int'l #ReligiousFreedom Day, we affirm the right to hold no religious beliefs at all, and to do so free of persecution & fear. #humanismMaybe you're thinking "That's nice, but so what?"
The U.S. Department of State has detailed in its International Religious Freedom report "unimaginable horrors" faced by Christians.
Lauren Turek Earlier this month, Michael Graziano penned the first in a series of three posts reviewing Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s new book, Beyond Religious Freedom. This rigorous, compelling volume questions the recent efforts of U.S. Show More Summary
The US State Department has criticized Russia in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, a document that comes amid reports of a teenager beaten to death in a New York church.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Ambassador at-large for International Religious Liberty David Saperstein introduced on Wednesday the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report, which highlights the disturbing trends of religious martyr and persecution that occurred in every continent in the world.
US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein said that Washington urges EU governments to uphold their obligations for humane treatment of refugees and ensure that individuals do not face harassment or discrimination on account of their Muslim faith.
The Saudi government did not recognize the freedom to practice publicly any non-Muslim religions, according to 2014 International Religious Freedom Report prepared by the US State Department.
David Saperstein, US ambassador at-large for international religious freedom, has called on China to release Christian lawyer Zhang Kai, his assistant and other church figures who were taken away by authorities last month. [ more › ...
A religious freedom advocate looks at the factors that keep faith communities resilient in conflict. If you want to understand international affairs, you have to understand religion. One significant and threatening example: the ongoing campaigns by extremist groups like ISIS to gain power and terrorize their opposition based on religious ideology. Show More Summary
Although the Supreme Court recently acknowledged that same-sex civil marriages were an essential right in the United States, the religious non-profits’ tax status will not be retracted by the Internal Revenue Service. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, stated the decision... The post IRS Downplays Gay Marriage Religious Freedom Threats appeared first on.
A Sydney-based evangelist as well as the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, both recently condemned the crackdown on Christians under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had promised better treatment of religious minorities before taking office, and called for the release of prisoners of conscience, including Iranian American pastor Saeed Abedini.
Speaking on a Thursday panel discussion on international religious freedoms at Georgetown University, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, asserted that although he thinks religion is not "inherently a good thing," the U.S. should do more to influence foreign governments into protecting the religious liberties of their citizens.
This post is part of the “Islam and International Order” symposium. The West’s cultural war over Islam has entered an intense new phase since the rise of the Islamic State. The debates are familiar: Is Islam inherently violent and intolerant, or is it peaceful, diverse and often the victim of Western domination? A good criterion […]
Former deputy national security adviser, former member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and former senior director of the National Security Council for democracy, human rights, and international organizations Elliott Abrams — in other words, someone who knows a lot about human rights — reminds us: By law, the State Department is required to […]
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom elected on Thursday as Chairman Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. George said that defending religious freedom around the world is a key element for global security.