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A declaration of religious freedom [video]

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Jamie Powell holds a picture of her husband, Pastor Cao “John” Sanqiang, who is imprisoned in China. (ShareAmerica)   By :  IENA-NEWS/ ShareAmerica   The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, held at the U.S. State Department July 24–26, brought together government officials, religious leaders and members of civil society organizations, as …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Champions of religious freedom

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A woman in Russia reads the Bible during a Jehovah’s Witness meeting in 2015. Meetings like this are more difficult since the government banned the group’s religious practice in 2017. (© Alexander Aksakov/The Washington Post/Getty Images)   By : Emily Louise Bowman.   Russia has criminalized the activity of Jehovah’s …

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An iconic Pakistani mosque’s plaza is public once more


The eastern façade of Pakistan’s Wazir Khan Mosque and its refurbished Chowk (Aga Khan Cultural Service)   By : Lauren Monsen / ShareAmerica.   The 17th-century Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore is one of Pakistan’s architectural gems, a masterpiece from the Mughal era. But for years the Chowk, or public square, …

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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’


The government of Burma has forced 700,000 of the Rohingya Muslim minority to flee their country. Here Rohingya people try to cross the border into Bangladesh in 2017. (© Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)   By : Mark Trainer / ShareAmerica.   Secretary of State Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to …

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Where ISIS is defeated, freedom of worship returns


Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas Eve service on December 24, 2017. (© Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)   By : Mark Trainer / ShareAmerica.   In 2014, ISIS looted and burned St. George’s, a Chaldean Catholic church in the Ninewa Plains of Iraq, beheading members of its congregation on the altar. Three years …

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Assessing religious freedom worldwide: Shareable photos

By : Mark Trainer /ShareAmerica. Religious freedom is an American value and a universal human right. “The United States promotes religious freedom as a moral imperative,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the latest International Religious Freedom Report, released August 15. Nineteen years ago, the U.S. Congress enacted the …

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Burma: UN calls for inquiry over Rakhine violence

By : Mohammed BOKRETA. Thousands of Rakhine people are living in temporary accommodation after fleeing violence. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an independent investigation following claims of abuses by security forces in Burma’s Rakhine state. Ms Pillay said forces sent to quash violence in the northern …

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