International Religious Liberty

Taiwan’s Practical Pluralism

This week, as the US State Department hosted its second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, it was good to…

Kazakhstan’s June 9 Elections and the Future of Tolerance and Diversity

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s June 9 elections with 70 percent of the vote, while his closest challenger, Amirzhan Kosanov, obtained around 16 percent.

How Can Christians and Muslims Improve the Middle East?

Ignoring the democracy versus pluralism dilemma fails to address the core issue facing both communities at the onset and consequently will not yield a Middle East friendlier to human rights and religious liberty. This debate is one that governments and politicians themselves cannot lead. Civil society is where this discussion must take place, and believers themselves are the ones who should lead it.

“When Peter Met Mao”: Inferring the Contents of the Concordat between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China
“When Peter Met Mao”: Inferring the Contents of the Concordat between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China

The text and therefore the terms of the “Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China” have not been made public. But its probable contents can be surmised.

Dark Days for India’s Christian Communities - Narendra Modi
Dark Days for India’s Christian Communities

Prime Minister Modi’s apparent disdain for human rights and religious freedom is casting dark and ominous shadows across India’s otherwise promising future.

The Treaty of Versailles and Religious Freedom
The Treaty of Versailles and Religious Freedom

The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was signed one hundred years ago this week. What is often forgotten is that this treaty—or better yet, set of treaties—did recognize and advance, albeit in a limited way, the religious freedom of average citizens.

Aladdin and the Future of Middle Eastern Christians
Aladdin and the Future of Middle Eastern Christians

May Aladdin remind international society, and especially Christians, about their responsibility in the fight for a more plural and diverse Middle East.

UAE Grants a Permanent Home for an Evangelical Church
UAE Grants a Permanent Home for an Evangelical Church

Human rights activists have been closely watching the UAE, particularly because a key indicator of Emirati leadership’s commitment to human rights is demonstrated not in what they say other countries should do but how they treat the religious minorities in their own lands.

Mounting Violence in Nigeria Tests Trump’s Africa Policy
Mounting Violence in Nigeria Tests Trump’s Africa Policy

A wave of gruesome mass killings in North Central Nigeria on Sunday, March 10, has prompted more calls for a special envoy to Nigeria and reconsideration of the Trump administration’s policy to West Africa.