US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Nigeria’s Christians Face Increasing Violence Day after Day
Nigeria’s Christians Face Increasing Violence Day after Day

In Nigeria—Africa’s most populous country—violence and bloodshed continue to surge, week after week, month after month. Tragically, our Christian brothers and sisters are the primary targets of Islamist terrorism—murders, rapes, kidnapping, and never-ending threats of more.

Three Things the New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Should Prioritize - Rashad Hussain
Three Things the New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Should Prioritize

Despite warring priorities within the Biden administration, Rashad Hussain’s mandate to elevate the plight of the persecuted is vital. Here are three ways that the new ambassador can quickly begin to make a difference.

Bottom-Up Hope: Local Governments Bolstering Religious Pluralism in Turkey - Ekrem Imamoglu - Istanbul
Bottom-Up Hope: Local Governments Bolster Religious Pluralism in Turkey

While religious minorities go back and forth between being scapegoats and props, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has demonstrated that municipalities can play a key role in making their religious minority residents feel welcome as equal citizens and valued stakeholders.

A Shocking Reversal: The US Officially Turns a Blind Eye to Nigeria’s Endangered Christians - Country of Particular Concern - Religious Freedom
A Shocking Reversal: The US Officially Turns a Blind Eye to Nigeria’s Endangered Christians

The US has inexplicably removed Nigeria from its State Department list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). To some, that may sound like innocuous paperwork or an ambassadorial feel-good gesture. But, in fact, this de-listing of Nigeria’s CPC designation is an outrageous betrayal of an already brutalized Christian community.

Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?
Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?

The Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria (AANES) is seeking international recognition as a legitimate government, but currently it is campaigning the US to lift sanctions on its territory.

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.

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.

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.

From Nigeria to Ethiopia, Christians Face an Uncertain Future Amid Ongoing Genocides
From Nigeria to Ethiopia, Christians Face an Uncertain Future Amid Ongoing Genocides

Christians in Nigeria and Ethiopia face nothing short of genocide. Religious and ethnic carnage have become an all-too-familiar reality in both countries, with no end in sight.

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