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For 25th year, US State Department reports on threats, triumphs in religious freedom

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United StatesRNS US State Department officials continued to point to religious freedom atrocities in Russia, China and Afghanistan as they released their annual report on threats to religious liberties across the globe. “Far too many governments continue to freely target faith community members within their borders,” said Rashad Hussain, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, at […]

In the US, Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles

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Washington DC, USAP The White House announced a slate of nominations and appointments for top religious affairs roles on Friday, including the first Muslim American nominated to be the US ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. President Joe Biden will select Rashad Hussain as his nominee for that post, filling a State Department slot vacant since […]

US religious freedom ambassador wants “like-mindeds” at religious freedom summit; violators need not RSVP

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Washingtonm, DCRNS China, Iran and other countries that the US considers the most egregious religious liberty violators aren’t invited to the State Department’s second summit on religious freedom this week, said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Instead, the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will focus on countries that have at least begun to […]

US State Department religious freedom summit ends with commitments, critiques

Ministerial Wrap

RNS The US State Department concluded its first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Thursday, with declarations promising further efforts to reduce religious persecution, even as critics said they are waiting to see its statements turned into actions. Closing the meeting of some 350 government officials, religious freedom advocates and others from more than 80 […]


Religion Ministerial

In an article first published on Religion News Service, JACOB LUPFER, a US commentator on religion and politics, says it is critical gatherings like this week’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hold the White House to account for its failures to stand up for everyone affected by religious persecution…