Date:                      October 28, 2021


October 28, 2021

IRF Leaders Call for Quick Affirmation of Rashad Hussain as Religious Freedom Ambassador

Texan would be first Muslim-American to hold the position

In this hyperpartisan era of American politics, international religious freedom has consistently been one aspect of American public policy that still enjoys strong bipartisan support and cooperation. Hussain has enormous credibility across a broad range of faith groups, built on years of leadership in efforts for religious freedom. His nomination has brought enthusiastic praise from groups ranging from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the Baptist World Alliance to the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as widespread commendations from the Muslim community.

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Christians in Karnataka, India Oppose Government Survey of Churches


Members of the All Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights submitted a memorandum to the State Government against the government move to conduct a survey of churches in Karnataka and the proposed anti-conversion law. Such surveys are dangerous in view of the conversion bogey and anti-religious feelings being whipped up resulting in targeting of places of worship, priests, pastors, and sisters.

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Winter Olympics: IOC says China human rights 'not within' remit


IOC Vice President John Coates on Wednesday rejected calls from rights groups and US lawmakers for the IOC to postpone next year’s games and relocate the event unless China ends what the United States has deemed continuing genocide against Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups. When asked about the treatment of the Uighur minority in China, he said the body has no mandate to act.

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Global FoRB Action Summit November 4-5, 2021


"I came to know 21Wilberforce through one of their campaigns for international religious freedom and I applied for their 2020 Emerging Leader practicum. The program was excellent with a multi-disciplinary approach. The material was practical and inspiring. What really elevated the program was the hands-on opportunity to create a think and work collaboratively."

The 2022 virtual summit offers emerging leaders the opportunity to hear from persecuted communities, engage with IRF advocates, then work collaboratively in teams to craft a real-life advocacy campaigns for a religious prisoner of conscience.

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Useful Links

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released the following reports: