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Obama State Dept. Should Tell Truth About Iraq, Syria Religious Freedom Abuses, USCIRF Chair Robert P. George Says

United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein explained to members of Congress Tuesday why the State Department failed to designate Iraq and Syria in its recently released list of "countries of particular concern" for religious freedom.

U.S. Calls on Myanmar to End Abuse of Rohingya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedoms called on Myanmar's new government on Thursday to do away with abusive policies against the country's minority Rohingya Muslims. The U.S. Show More Summary

5 Questions for Anna Su on her new book "Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power"

Lauren Turek Anna Su is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. She is an expert on international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law, and law and religion, and has written several articles on religious freedom and American foreign policy making during the early twentieth century. Show More Summary

Eritrea Urged to Release Orthodox Patriarch Under House Arrest for 10 Years

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.

Christian 'Genocide' Designation Wouldn't Affect US Response to ISIS, Religious Freedom Ambassador Says

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.

Foreign Affairs Committee Wonders Why State Dept May Not Include Christians on Genocide Victim List

Earlier this month, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) asked the U.S. government to designate Christians,...

NGO: World Should Condemn Extremists Within New Saudi Anti-Terror Coalition

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.

Is ISIS Guilty Of Carrying Out Genocide?

"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.

U.S. Ambassador Tweets Support of Holding “No Religious Beliefs” Worldwide, “Free of Persecution & Fear”

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?"

'Unimaginable Horrors' Detailed in US Report on ISIS' Persecution of Christians

The U.S. Department of State has detailed in its International Religious Freedom report "unimaginable horrors" faced by Christians.

On Privileging Religion in International Relations - Reviewing Hurd's Beyond Religious Freedom

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

US Raps Russia Over Religious Freedom Amid New York Church Death

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.

Religious Persecution Exists Even in the US, Kerry Admits During Rollout of International Religious Freedom Report

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 Urges Europe to Uphold Humane Treatment of Refugees

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.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Prosecute Shia, Other Religious Groups

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.

US urges release of Christian lawyer detained in China

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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 › ...

Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong

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

IRS Downplays Gay Marriage Religious Freedom Threats

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.

Christian Evangelist, USCIRF: Iran Under President Rouhani Cracking Down Hard on Churches

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.

'Religion Is Not Inherently a Good Thing' but Freedom of Religion Is 'Absolutely Awesome,' Says Democratic Congressman

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.

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