(RNS) — India currently is not on the State Department’s list of ‘countries of particular concern.’
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Poland, one country in the alliance, and the State Department announced that the next Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be held in July in Warsaw.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The department redesignated on Wednesday the nine other countries that had been categorized as ‘countries of particular concern’.
(RNS) — Before 2017, the US took in more refugees in a given year than all the other countries in the world. Thanks to the drastic reduction in US refugee admissions, other countries are outstripping us as the land of opportunity.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — An increasingly vocal band of advocates and experts says the Trump administration’s refugee policies are out of sync with its promises to protect religious minorities from persecution, especially Christians, Yazidis and other groups in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Many of the survivors of religious violence who spoke at the summit reminded attendees of those who remain persecuted for their faith across the world.
(RNS) — The commission chair's view of human rights is not as cramped as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement might lead us to believe.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Brunson said his detention in Turkey made him value his religious liberty more deeply. 'I was isolated. I was the only Christian there, so to be back with other Christians is so important.'
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said the Trump administration wants to ramp up attention to killings and persecution based on religious beliefs and reverse trends that show they are often on the increase in countries across the world.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — But some critics don’t have much faith that the summit will lead to substantive results.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom concluded in its Monday report that 'innumerable believers and nonbelievers across the globe continued in 2018 to experience manifold suffering due to their beliefs.'
(RNS) — 'We are deeply concerned by credible reports indicating a frightening resurgence in white supremacy,' the groups told the secretary of state.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The White House says its administration 'continues to engage hundreds of faith leaders on various issues that directly impact their communities,’ but some say they’re not in that number.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Administration supporters who are also religious freedom advocates spoke in glowing terms about the significance of the gathering. But outside observers are less impressed.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Vice President Mike Pence used a State Department summit of foreign ministers and religious leaders to announce new initiatives and call on Turkey to release U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.