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Europe’s Top Court to rule on Covid-19 worship ban challenges

Is it legal for a government to completely ban public worship in the name of protecting public health?

Bishops of Pakistan on Int’l Day of the Girl Child: Govt must end forced marriage and conversion of minor girls

On the International Day of the Girl Child, Catholic Bishops have taken action to challenge religious freedom violations against teenage…

UN: International engagement with Afghanistan must depend on respect for religious minorities

Almost two months after the rapid takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has…

Escapee from forced marriage speaks out ahead of Intl Day of the Girl Child

This International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), many girls in South Asia fear for their safety. 14-year-old Maira…

As churches reopen, Ugandan faith groups recommit to challenging Summer worship ban

The government concession comes after three cases have been filed to challenge Covid-19 restrictions which maintained a blanket ban on…

"Near helpless” response of international community will embolden those responsible for atrocities in Afghanistan, UN warned

More than six weeks after the rapid takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, civil society groups are still calling on…

AVISO: Webinar – The Forgotten Christian Minorities in Myanmar

Recent world events have called attention to the significance of religious freedom. But is the international community doing enough to…

High Court Ruling: abortion up to birth for babies with Down Syndrome not discriminatory

"We hope to see this decision appealed" - ADF International's Robert Clarke has issued this response to the High Court's…

EU Resolution on Afghanistan demonstrates a “guilty lack of attention to Christians”, says Co-Chair of Intergroup on FORB

Failure to focus on the persecution of Christians can “lead politics to be timid towards regimes that violate religious freedom…

More must be done to protect free speech

The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill is an opportunity to address critical issues within the law.

Social media star challenges censorship ruling in court

"I felt like at any moment there would be a knock at the door, I would open it, and the…

Court date set for Finnish MP charged over Bible-Tweet

Will Finland imprison an MP over a Bible-Tweet? The Helsinki District Court has set the date for the hearing in…

LET US WORSHIP: Faith representatives turn to Uganda’s Constitutional Court to lift worship ban

An alliance of Catholic, Evangelical and Muslim faith representatives, along with parliamentarians, have brought a legal challenge to Uganda’s restrictions…

EU religious freedom envoy position now vacant while Afghan faith minorities face deepening crisis

Today, Christos Stylianides set to leave role as Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside…

"Protecting human rights of religious minorities is essential for conflict prevention”

How can we prevent religious minorities from suffering under conflict? Today, human rights experts addressed this question at the UN…

Eweida v. United Kingdom

The European Court of Human Rights upholds freedom of religion for Christian employees.

Magyar Keresztény Mennonita Egyház and Others v. Hungary

The European Court of Human Rights rules in favour of Hungarian church freedom.

Altınkaynak and Others v. Turkey

Turkey defies European Convention on Human Rights by discriminating against Christians.

F.G. v. Sweden

ADF International supported Christian convert fleeing persecution.

Nagy v. Hungary

The European Court of Human Rights confirmed church autonomy as a basic right deserving protection in its 47 Member States.

“Nigeria must remain a Country of Particular Concern”

Today, a large and varied group of human rights experts and advocates for religious freedom have urged U.S. Secretary of…

Afghanistan: Religious minorities “at extreme risk of being targeted with deadly violence”

UN: Human rights experts call on governments to take robust, coordinated action.

Afghanistan's Christians are turning off phones and going into hiding

Without any clear plan from the United States to evacuate Afghans under special threat, not to mention the remaining thousands…

International day commemorating victims of violence based on FORB

This week, a Pakistani Christian couple, who had been on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges, has…

Street preachers keep being arrested. More must be done to protect free

Christians are finding themselves in trouble with the law for using allegedly “threatening or abusive” language. The police are too…

Pakistani Christians granted asylum after release from death row

This week, a Pakistani Christian couple, who had been on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges, has…

LET US WORSHIP: Legal challenge filed in Uganda to overturn “draconian” covid-19 worship ban

A church in Kampala and a representative from the Muslim community have commenced legal action challenging the Ugandan government’s ban…

Free speech for everyone at stake in social media star's court case

Will the right to share Christian views online be safeguarded? Today, the human rights organization ADF International filed a brief…

In Turkey, Christians are being persecuted just for preaching

"I'm afraid I can't let you through," said the man at the airport desk. "The government has issued a permanent…

Biden nominates new U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

President Biden announced Friday his nomination of Rashad Hussain as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF).

Follow the money: We need to reset the overseas development aid discussion

What do you think is the better deal: three meals out with cockroaches scurrying round your feet and burnt food…

Chilean Constitutional Tribunal upholds parental rights

The Chilean Constitutional Tribunal has handed down a key decision in Latin America upholding parental rights.

“Persecution against people of faith must end”

On Wednesday, ADF International hosted a dinner event on the grave challenges facing Nigeria regarding the protection of religious freedom.

US Senators call for action on increased religious persecution in Algeria

Five United States Senators, two Republican and three Democrats, signed a letter this week, addressed to United States Secretary of…

“The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria”, High-Level Event

Tomorrow, ADF International will host a dinner event on the grave challenges facing Nigeria regarding the protection of religious freedom.

Censored Colombian social media star: “Everyone has the right to freely share their beliefs”

The Colombian Constitutional Court has agreed to review the case of Colombian social media star Erika “Kika” Nieto. There are…

The G7 Forces Africans To Choose: China Or Progressivism

“This is not just about confronting or taking on China,” a senior official in Biden’s administration said this month. “But…

Abandoned Indian mother exposes the harmful practice of sex-selective abortion

Being a woman can bring life-threatening challenges to those living in South Asia – from before birth all the way into adulthood. Bhavana*,…

In the West, ‘Incorrect’ Speech Is Increasingly Treated as Blasphemy

Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental American values. This value was brought all the more sharply into focus…

“Christian candidates to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights should not face discrimination”

Are people of faith barred from being elected to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights?

Pro-life ads censored in Slovenia – Ruling expected

Can state-owned service providers pull down ads that authorities decide they don’t like? In Slovenia, a state-owned bus company removed…

How the Irish, and Many Others, Lost Their Religious Freedom to COVID Restrictions

Around the world, religious institutions bore the brunt of coronavirus rules. We can’t let this happen again.

Pakistani Christians escape death sentence

The Lahore High Court has overturned a death sentence for a Catholic Pakistani couple. A session court had sentenced Shagufta…

30,000+ call on Inter-American Court to affirm religious freedom and parental rights

Most people live in environments with significant restrictions on freedom of religion.

The unstoppable march of state censorship

Vaguely worded hate-speech laws can end up criminalising almost any opinion. Paul Coleman is the executive director of ADF International,…

“Christians should not face discrimination”

Are people of faith barred from being elected to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights? A coalition of human rights…

Edinburgh Council apologises for discriminating against Christian ministry

The City of Edinburgh Council has admitted that they were wrong to cancel a Christian event on the basis of…

Cancelling Christians

"Billy Graham wouldn’t be welcomed into Britain today..." Read Lizzie Throughton's article in The Critic UK.

German court upholds ban on prayer vigil near abortion organization

 Prohibitions on silent prayer gatherings in the proximity of an abortion organization may remain – so indicates a German court’s…

“4 out of 5 five people live in countries with high or severe restrictions on religious freedom”

Most people live in environments with significant restrictions on freedom of religion.

Church autonomy and parental rights challenged at top human rights court of the Americas

Will the decisions of parents be respected when it comes to the religious education of their children? The Inter-American Court…

Irish people of faith call for government commitment to religious freedom

People of faith are signing an open letter, addressed to the Irish Prime Minister, Micheál Martin TD, demanding a commitment…

Belgium’s euthanasia law criticized at UN Human Rights Council

Belgium has been challenged on the human rights implications of its euthanasia law at a meeting of the UN Human…

Save India’s “Vanishing Girls”: UN urged to act as fetal femicide increases by 60%

In India and other parts of the world, girls are targeted for abuse and discrimination, from before birth and throughout…

When a tweet can land you in jail: Criminal charges brought against Finnish MP

Imprisonment for posting a Bible tweet is now a very real possibility in Finland. The Finnish Prosecutor General has brought…

“A critical moment for the future of faith in Ireland”: Court challenge must continue as Ireland announces partial lifting of worship ban

Ireland will no longer be the only place in Europe to have completely prohibited public worship – so announced the…

Russian authorities prohibit use of church building

A Christian church is challenging Russian authorities at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for seizing the congregation’s property…

Colombian social media star challenges censorship ruling

Are we allowed to share Christian views on social media? The Constitutional Court will have to answer this question, at…

10,000+ call for free speech to be protected on campus

Is there a free speech crisis at UK universities? At least 10,000 members of the public think so and have…

Forcibly-married 14-year-old Maira hopes for Easter miracle

Maira* loved to sing hymns at her church's Easter service. This Easter, she is forced to hide rather than be…

Worship ban in Ireland – doors remained closed over Easter

It’s known to be a season of hope, but Irish Christians cannot gather to worship at church this Easter Weekend.…

Let Us Worship: Churches rejoice as worship ban declared unlawful

The Scottish government's treatment of churches during the pandemic has been unlawful - so ruled Lord Braid in a judgment…

Students speak out on World Speech Day

Which views and opinions are acceptable on UK campuses? According to a survey

Scottish government announces concessions as legal challenge to worship ban set to begin

The Glasgow Priest who is raising financial support from members of the public to challenge the government’s COVID-19 worship ban…

Parents concerned ahead of religious freedom case at top human rights court of the Americas

Will the decisions of parents be respected when it comes to the religious education of their children? The Inter-American Court…

On International Women’s Day, 14-year-old survivor Maira hopes for freedom

This International Women’s Day, Christian girls in Pakistan fear for their safety. Maira Shabaz knows the dangerous reality more than…

LET US WORSHIP: Catholic priest to join other faith leaders in Scottish church ban challenge

Canon Tom White, the Glasgow Priest challenging the Scottish government’s blanket ban on public worship, has moved his case into…

A step in the right direction for free speech on campus

Today, the Department for Education released a report titled “Higher Education: Free Speech and Academic Freedom”, which recognises the harmful…

Thou shalt not pray: German town brought to court over prayer prohibition

Can a local authority ban even silent prayer on the streets? This is the question asked by the “40 Days…

Missionary forced to leave home in Turkey for preaching

David Byle, a Christian evangelist living in Turkey, was forced to leave the country he had called home for 19 years, where he had raised his children and had become…

Suspended pro-life student secures settlement from University

Are universities stifling students’ views? Midwifery student Julia Rynkiewicz believes so, and her newly-settled case provides one such example.

Abduction, rape, blackmail: A Pakistani teenager’s fight for justice

In Pakistan, a fourteen-year-old girl and her family were forced into hiding after she escaped her abductor who forcibly married…

“I will not be intimidated into hiding my faith” - free speech case concerning former Finnish minister continues

On 25 August, former Minister of the Interior and serving Member of the Finnish Parliament, Päivi Räsänen, faces her third…

Final arguments submitted in euthanasia case at top European court

On Friday, ADF International submitted what could be the final legal arguments on behalf of Tom Mortier in his case…

Russian pastor may be forced to tear down his house for hosting religious services

Vitaliy Bak, the leader of a Baptist community in Southern Russia, may soon be forced to demolish his house for…

Free speech case: Long-serving Finnish MP faces criminal investigation for questioning church leadership on Twitter

Are people holding public office allowed to express their deeply held beliefs? On 2 March 2020, member of the Finnish…

Free speech on campus protected: Allegations against midwifery student dismissed and suspension lifted

A midwifery student was forced to suspend her studies after facing a fitness to practise investigation over her involvement with…

Authorities sealed off place of worship – Case against Russia filed at European Court

Amidst reports of increasing religious persecution in Russia and in the run up to Christmas, an international human rights organization…

India: 17.3 million girls not born due to sex-selective abortion

In India, girls are aborted every day simply because they are not boys. Tomorrow is the International Day of the…

Freedom of speech protected after legal intervention at Nottingham University

A pro-life student society - “Nottingham Students for Life” - has been granted affiliation by the University of Nottingham Students’…

Asia Bibi free at last: hope for others suffering under blasphemy laws

Today, Asia Bibi arrived in Canada, according to her lawyer. Late last year, her death sentence for blasphemy was overturned…

Landmark euthanasia case to be heard by human rights court

The European Court of Human Rights agreed to consider the case of Tom Mortier. Belgian authorities have refused to pursue…

Case of doctor who killed depressed woman goes back to Belgian criminal court

The case against a doctor who killed a woman for being depressed and then didn’t have anyone inform her son…

Dimitrova v. Bulgaria

The European Court of Human Rights rules Christian woman’s rights violated in 20-year-old case.

Doctor kills woman for being depressed, son not informed until next day

Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who…

Lautsi and Others v. Italy

Europe’s highest human rights court says Christian crosses can stay in Italy’s classrooms.
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