Date:                   January 24, 2020



Upcoming Events

Feb. 11 - OSCE Report Briefing 
March 4 - USCIRF Hearing
April 28 – USCIRF Annual Report release
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Top News from Around the World

Court Ruling Ends Long Legal Fight in Chinese Torture Case (AP)
Taiwan President Tells Pope of China's Religious Persecution (UCA)
U.S. State Department Appoints Envoy to Counter Chinese Influence at the U.N. (Foreign Policy)

Cuba Stepped Up its Persecution of People of Faith. Will it Get Worse in 2020? (Miami Herald)

India's Supreme Court Refuses to Strike Down Citizenship Law (Al Jazeera)

Indonesian Government Deploys ‘Mosque Hunters’ Who Use Drones to Combat Radicalism (Vice)

Four Members of French NGO Christians of the Middle East 'Missing in Baghdad' (AFP/France24)
Iraqi Minorities Concerned about possible US Troop Withdrawal (Al-Monitor)
U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Iraq Exposes Minorities to Armed Militias, Paves Path for ISIS Return (Assyrian Journal)

Offence of Blasphemy Officially Scrapped from Irish Law (Irish Post)

Montenegro Protest against Religious Law Canceled over possible ‘Serious Disturbance’ to Public Order (RFE/RL)
Montenegrin PM Offers to Continue Talks on Freedom of Religion Act (RFE/RL)

Prayers Answered? Ukrainian Orthodox Church Marks One Year of Independence from Moscow (RFE/RL)