Religious Persecution

US Determination of Burma’s Rohingya Genocide Is Better Late Than Never
US Determination of Burma’s Rohingya Genocide Is Better Late Than Never

The genocide determination issued by the Biden administration has been a long time coming, but it’s never too late to do the right thing. The determination should now act as a catalyst for global momentum to hold the perpetrators accountable.

The Destruction of Christian Cultural Heritage
The Destruction of Christian Cultural Heritage

The crime of cultural heritage destruction has been committed against the same victims by the same perpetrators again and again—in Turkey, Cyprus, the South Caucuses, and the Middle East.

Day 1: Christmas Gift! - Yule Blog
Day 1: Christmas Gift!

The manger scene these days really is the face of Christmas for most people and, perhaps not surprisingly, it is one of the aspects of the season that keeps causing trouble.

What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities
What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities

With the West on the run, increased activity by terrorists, and the Taliban inexorably exerting control across the country, we need to be aware of what is happening to real people, right now in Afghanistan.

The Country Where “Missionary” Is a Curse Word - North Korea
The Country Where “Missionary” Is a Curse Word

This month the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a new report that documents religious freedom violations occurring in North Korea.

Vietnamese Government Uses COVID-19 to Crack Down on Christians
Vietnamese Government Uses COVID-19 to Crack Down on Christians

Recent coronavirus outbreaks have led Vietnam to impose harsher restrictions to protect the health of citizens. But COVID-19 has also enabled the socialist government to ramp up its persecution of Christians.

Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom
Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom

It is time for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the global religious freedom advocacy community to highlight the egregious religious freedom violations that result from Turkey’s restrictions on using the Kurdish language as part of religious services.

Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq
Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq

The Simele Massacre, which occurred in 1933, is a largely forgotten tragedy that still awaits official recognition from both the Iraqi government and international community.

Religious Freedom in India Is in Trouble
Religious Freedom in India Is in Trouble

With the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist ideals, Muslims, Christians, and Dalits have been targets of increasing persecution at the hands of both the state and local mobs.