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  • UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    July 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multi-faith nongovernmental organization (NGO) advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally. Alliance Defending Freedom International’s Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion …

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  • Kidnapped missionaries, others still held in Mali

    July 14 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Kidnapped missionaries, others still held in Mali

    An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, one of them held since 2011. SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, said the recently formed al-Qaida affiliate, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, released the video a day before French President Emmanuel Macron visited the country.

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  • Sudan called ‘disaster for religious liberty’

    July 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sudan called ‘disaster for religious liberty’

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. State Department not to ignore religious freedom and persecution issues before possibly lifting sanctions on the government of Sudan. The State Department has included Sudan in its list of “countries of particular concern” since the designation was first used in 1999.

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  • Five WHO aid workers nabbed in Somalia

    April 13 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Five WHO aid workers nabbed in Somalia

    Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab has abducted five World Health Organization (WHO) employees working in the country, security officials said. The report comes as aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis in some parts of the continent battle security risks. “We are now pursuing them to free the abducted men,” Deeq Abdi Khaliif said.

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  • ‘MLK50’ conference set on anniversary of King’s death

    April 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘MLK50’ conference set on anniversary of King’s death

    A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition. The event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture.

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  • Imprisoned Iranian believer in ‘urgent’ health crisis

    March 29 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisoned Iranian believer in ‘urgent’ health crisis

    Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in “urgent need of special care.” Mohabat News reported that Zargaran’s health condition “deteriorated last week,” citing sources close to her family. Zargaran suffers from multiple health issues, including ASD hole-in-the heart disease, “drastic” weight loss, weakness, depression and trauma.

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  • Houston man pleads for wife detained in China

    March 14 2017 by June Cheng, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Houston man pleads for wife detained in China

    For the past two years, Texan Sandy Phan-Gillis, a naturalized U.S. citizen, has endured torture and imprisonment without trial in China, for unsubstantiated spying charges. Despite media campaigns and help from the U.S. State Department, Phan-Gillis remains in captivity, and the Chinese government has not suffered any consequences.

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  • North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    July 22 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    North Korea is threatening the United States – again. The hermetically sealed nation vowed to sever its only diplomatic communication line and stage “powerful counter-action” over new sanctions on its leader and a planned missile detection system meant to prevent the totalitarian regime’s abuse of nuclear weaponry.

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  • Gendered locker rooms going extinct in U.S. coastal states

    January 19 2016 by Sarah Padbury, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Gendered locker rooms going extinct in U.S. coastal states

    At the end of 2015, two human rights commissions over 2,800 miles apart enacted new rules that could be precedent-setting for the gender battle across the nation, including giving people the right to use whichever locker rooms and bathrooms they choose.

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  • Evangelicals unite in push to help refugees

    December 21 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Evangelicals unite in push to help refugees

    “We recognize that security is a serious issue, and we know that many of our people do have fears, and we do not believe that they’re acting irrationally,” Frank Page said. “But when they’re confronted by the true facts … they’ll recognize that the refugees about whom we’re speaking are people who desperately need ministry …”

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  • Religious liberty key to refugee crisis, leaders say

    Religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities are essential to resolving the escalating refugee crisis in Syria and other countries, human rights advocates said at a forum in the nation’s capital. The worst refugee disaster since WWII was addressed by Antonio Guterres and Robert George…

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  • Magna Carta: Celebrating an 800-year legacy of democracy and liberty

    June 2 2015 by Libby Donaldson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Magna Carta: Celebrating an 800-year legacy of democracy and liberty

    June 15 marks the 800th anniversary of King John’s seal on the Magna Carta. While only three of the Magna Carta’s original clauses are still a part of British law, this canon was foundational in shaping today’s human rights and personal freedoms, including the freedom to practice religion.

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  • Vietnam’s human rights abuses receive congressional attention

    Human rights abuses in Vietnam are receiving attention from the U.S. House of Representatives, with a particular focus on the religious oppression of ethnic minority Christians and other groups. 

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  • China human rights lawyers face non-renewal

    June 10 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China human rights lawyers face non-renewal

    Chinese officials have refused to renew the licenses of nearly a dozen Beijing law firms and more than 10 attorneys known for taking on human rights cases in the communist country, signaling that the “rule of law is losing ground,” according to ChinaAid June 3.

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  • Panelists: White House failing on rights in China

    April 24 2013 by Tonika Reed, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    The White House has failed to respond properly to human rights abuses in China, said experts at a recent Capitol Hill hearing.

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