Articles on International Religious Freedom

Since February, more than 250 Christians have been murdered in Nigeria by either militant Fulani herdsmen or the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. In both cases, the Nigerian government has been negligent in seeking to curtail the violence and bring... Continue...

What just happened? This week, the ERLC was at the United Nations in Geneva advocating for religious freedom and participating in the release of a major report issued by the UN on the state of religious freedom around the world.... Continue...

On November 1, 2018, the ERLC rejoiced at the news of Asia Bibi’s blasphemy charge and death penalty being overturned by the Pakistani Supreme Court. However, since the acquittal, Bibi’s family has reportedly been hunted by Islamic extremist while Asia is... Continue...

A prominent Chinese pastor and human rights activist was recently arrested by the communist government on allegations of “inciting subversion of state power.” Here are five facts you should know about Wang Yi, a remarkable leader in China’s persecuted house... Continue...

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overturned the death penalty conviction of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who was “accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammed during an argument with three Muslim women” in 2010. Continue...

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Here are five facts you should know about one of the most important works of legislation on international religious freedom produced in the 20th century: 1.... Continue...

What’s going on in China? Over the past few weeks, the Chinese government has escalated its persecution of Christians by destroying crosses, burning Bibles, confiscating religion materials, and closing churches. This week the Beijing city authorities banned Zion Church, one... Continue...

Earlier this week the State Department joined with government officials, religious leaders and human rights advocates for the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The three-day event was convened to discuss challenges and identify concrete means to “push back against... Continue...

An American pastor jailed in Turkey for more than 20 months on terrorism-related charges has been transferred from prison to house arrest. A leader of the Turkish Protestant Church told World Watch Monitor that Brunson’s wife is on her way... Continue...

The case of an American pastor jailed in Turkey for more than 18 months on terrorism-related charges has finally gone to trial. “I don’t accept any of the allegations,” Pastor Andrew Brunson told the judge on the first day of... Continue...