Middle Eastern Christians

Saving Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East
Saving Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East

Militant groups like the Islamic State have long targeted Christian holy sites in the Middle East. According to Sara Savva, the destruction of sacred Christian sites in the region is “a loss for every single Christian around the world” and a “big loss for mankind.”

Pope Francis Met with Christian Leaders from Lebanon: Now What?
Pope Francis Met with Christian Leaders from Lebanon: Now What?

On July 1, 2021, Pope Francis met with an ecumenical group of Christian leaders from Lebanon to discuss and pray for the rapidly declining state of the Mediterranean country.

Options for Turkey’s Religious and Cultural Minorities
Options for Turkey’s Religious and Cultural Minorities

During an In Defense of Christians event, a diverse panel discussed Turkey’s current political, cultural, and religious environment, as well as potential policy options for the country to become more democratic and religiously rich.

Government Report Signals Hope for Middle Eastern Christians - USCIRF
Government Report Signals Hope for Middle Eastern Christians

While these reports are never perfect, their existence reflects how the US government is uniquely positioned to serve as a global leader in the promotion of human rights. USCIRF’s commissioners and staff deserve commendation for producing them.

A US-led International Conference on Lebanon?
A US-led International Conference on Lebanon?

It’s now up to the Biden administration to decide if it will work with US allies to save the Middle East’s “last bastion of Christianity” or let it fall into the hands of Iran, Turkey, Russia, and China.

How Pope Francis Reminds Us of Good Friday and Easter Sunday
How Pope Francis Reminds Us of Good Friday and Easter Sunday

One important theme of the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a message of hope to Christians in the Middle East and Africa that they are not forgotten.

Baghdeda, Qaraqosh, Al-Hamdaniya: Three Names for One Assyrian City
Baghdeda, Qaraqosh, Al-Hamdaniya: Three Names for One Assyrian City

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq was the first of its kind in papal history. The remaining Christians in Iraq long anticipated his visit, including to an Assyrian city just 23 miles (37 kilometers) east of Mosul.

Pope’s Visit Offers an Opportunity for Christians in Iraq
Pope Francis’ Visit Offers an Opportunity for Christians in Iraq

Hopefully, Pope Francis’ trip to visit the Christians in Iraq will not only lift their spirits but also inspire change so that they can stay and prosper in their ancient homeland, which would benefit all of Iraq.

Advocating for Persecuted Christians Should Be a Non-Partisan Issue
Advocating for Persecuted Christians Should Be a Non-Partisan Issue

As the United States continues its political transition, many in the human rights advocacy community anxiously await tangible signs, beyond rhetoric, that the cause of international religious freedom will remain a policy priority for the Biden administration.