(RNS) — Commissioners traveled to a dozen countries to assess religious freedom conditions, prioritizing religious prisoners of conscience, blasphemy laws and the connections between women’s equality and freedom of belief.
(RNS) — Looking back, I feel guilty for being so stupid and burying myself in books rather than being part of the historic events of my time.
(RNS) — It is reprehensible that Turkey chose to arrest an American Christian cleric who for more than two decades was fulfilling his religious duties by serving his congregants and others in need.
(RNS) — Pope Francis was faced with a terrible dilemma: Be prophetic and put at risk Christians in Myanmar, or be silent and compromise his moral authority. He chose neither.
(RNS) — Next week Pope Francis will visit Myanmar, where he risks either compromising his moral authority or putting in danger the Christians of that country. I have great admiration for the pope and his abilities, but someone should have talked him out of making this visit.
(RNS) 'Failing to designate CPCs tells the violators of religious freedom around the world that the United States is looking away,' U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Chairman Daniel Mark said.
(RNS) What did Patriarch Abune Antonios do? He refused to betray his flock. He refused to betray his conscience. And he refused to betray his religious beliefs.
(RNS) Russia has labeled the pacifist Jehovah's Witnesses 'extremist,' the same designation as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.
Outgoing Vice Chair James Zogby's bad idea.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.
MUMBAI (RNS) The USCIRF report cited India’s anti-conversion laws, cow protection legislation and the treatment of Dalits, or so-called untouchables, as points of concern.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom experts emphasized the need for education, tolerance and on-the-ground visits to persecuted religious people across the globe.
(RNS) On Human Rights Day — as we commemorate the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — we call for the release of six female prisoners of conscience and for governments to honor religious freedom.
(RNS) A new Putin-backed law would outlaw proselytzing by religious organizations in Russia.
NEW DELHI (RNS) The foreign ministry says the report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom “fails to show proper understanding of India, its constitution and its society.”