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As religious freedom summit ends, US State Department announces new alliance, sanctions

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Washington, DCRNS Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with US partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the US considers to be instigators of religious persecution. The developments on Thursday were among the highlights of the last day of the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. […]

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 conference to host victims of religious persecution

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Washington, DCReuters The US State Department said on Thursday it would host a conference in Washington next week to highlight the problem of religious persecution, and has invited victims of recent attacks at a synagogue in San Diego, mosques in New Zealand and an Easter Day bombing in Sri Lanka. US ambassador for religious freedom, […]

US State Department religious freedom summit ends with commitments, critiques

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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 […]


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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…

US religious freedom summit opens with plea to fight persecution

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RNS US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback opened a summit at the State Department this week by urging leaders from a range of faiths to work together to help the persecuted across the globe. “We need your faith in action to move the world to not just tolerance of differences – although that’s […]