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EU finally appoints religious freedom envoy after almost 3 year wait

Former Belgian Ambassador Frans van Daele takes on mandate as the EU’s Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

Global Coalition of 37 Governments Recommits to Pro-Life Women's Health Policy

Countries must protect the rights of both women and unborn children—so pledge the 36 government signatories of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, launched in November 2020.

Opinion: Free Speech Fight Continues Around the World

Elon Musk's highly anticipated acquisition promises meaningful change for the Twitter landscape, with the prospect of canceled voices being soon released from the dark recesses of Twitter "jail." Those of us who have lamented the shrinking space for free speech online should celebrate these signs of hope.

Musician Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Appeals to Nigerian Supreme Court—ADF International Supporting Potential Landmark Case 

A notice of appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court of Nigeria for the case of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a Nigerian Sufi musician, who was sentenced to death for charges of blasphemy.

Over 32,800 Petitioners Call on U.S. Government to Add Nigeria Back on Religious Freedom Watchlist

The removal of Nigeria from the U.S. State Department’s “Country of Political Concern” (CPC) list has led to the worsening of religious freedom abuses in the country. Petition calls on U.S. government to reinstate Nigeria—one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a Christian—to upcoming State Department…

A Crisis of Religious Freedom in Latin America

At a high level event on “Freedom of Religion in Türkiye” held in the European Parliament today, victims of faith-based discrimination highlighted atrocities committed by the Turkish government and parts of society against Christian minorities in the country.

AVISO: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold first-ever hearing on religious freedom in Latin America

At a high level event on “Freedom of Religion in Türkiye” held in the European Parliament today, victims of faith-based discrimination highlighted atrocities committed by the Turkish government and parts of society against Christian minorities in the country.

“The demise of democracy”: Victims of Turkish religious oppression speak out

At a high level event on “Freedom of Religion in Türkiye” held in the European Parliament today, victims of faith-based discrimination highlighted atrocities committed by the Turkish government and parts of society against Christian minorities in the country.

AVISO: Freedom of Religion in Türkiye - A focus on Christian minorities

Experts and witnesses to highlight grave violations committed against Christian minorities at event hosted by MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen and ADF International

Europe’s top human rights court rules Belgium violated right to life in euthanasia case

European Court of Human Rights rules that Belgium failed to conduct proper investigation into circumstances of the 2012 euthanasia of Godelieva de Troyer

Europe’s top human rights court to rule on landmark euthanasia case

The European Court of Human Rights is set to rule on landmark euthanasia case Tom Mortier v. Belgium. The case highlights the dangers of legalising euthanasia, and demonstrates that so-called ‘safeguards’ cannot make safe the practice of intentionally ending a life.

WIN for university valedictorian prosecuted for graduation speech decrying woke agendas

Christian was at risk of losing his license to practice psychology, among other sanctions.

Free speech is being shut down in schools across the world

"The censorship of academic speech is dangerous for us all. Silencing students and professors stunts free thinking. When free speech is shut down in schools, a domino effect ensues," writes Elyssa Koren.

University student in Mexico could lose license to practice psychology for graduation speech

The Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) responded to complaints against recent graduate, Christian Cortez Pérez, with formal proceedings to ban him from practicing psychology. A group of professors has called on the University to silence and sanction Christian because of the content of his graduation speech.

European Court of Human Rights undermines free speech protections in Down syndrome ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has found inadmissible an application by Fondation Jérôme Lejeune claiming that the French Broadcasting Council’s designation of a Down syndrome video as not “a message of general interest” constituted unjust censorship. The Court’s failure to condemn the French authority’s treatment of Down syndrome voices…

40 Days for Life group rejoices as court rules in favor of right to pray in the vicinity of abortion counseling facility

“Every human life is valuable and deserves protection. I am heartened that we will be able to resume our prayer vigils in support of women and their unborn children in the place where we think it makes the most sense. It is a great relief that the court has recognized…

Court to hear challenge to German prayer ban near abortion counseling facilities

Can authorities prohibit a silent prayer gathering on a public street in Pforzheim, Germany? This question will be addressed for the second time by the court on Thursday, 25 August.

“Blasphemous” Pakistani couple tell of their extraordinary escape from death row

Couple speak out on new documentary by ADF International, directed by Emma Webb, ahead of UN Int'l Day for victims of violence based on religion or belief.

Germany denies refuge to Christian convert – after family member tortured, killed for his faith

An Iranian Christian convert in Germany faces likely death for his faith as deportation looms.

Christianity Today: Global Advocacy Impact

Can a silent, peaceful prayer be a criminal act? Not according to the case of 76-year-old grandmother Rosa Lalor, from Liverpool, who successfully challenged the penalty with support from ADF International.

Don’t buffer the truth about censorship zones

Can the state censor conversation on a public street? Should the government have the power to prevent people from being influenced — and penalise those “guilty” of influencing?

Censorship of pro-life adverts was “discriminatory” - rules Slovenian equality body

High-level, non-partisan event this week showcases unprecedented support across the political spectrum on the urgent issue of Christian persecution.

STATEMENT: EU Parliamentarians pressure European countries to introduce abortion with no limits, through all nine months of pregnancy

High-level, non-partisan event this week showcases unprecedented support across the political spectrum on the urgent issue of Christian persecution.

STATEMENT: EU Parliamentarians pressure European countries to introduce abortion with no limits, through all nine months of pregnancy

High-level, non-partisan event this week showcases unprecedented support across the political spectrum on the urgent issue of Christian persecution.

Amidst brutal ongoing attacks, Nigerian Christian and Muslim faith leaders sign joint declaration condemning violence

Nigerian religious leaders came together at the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit in Washington, D.C., to sign an important declaration on principles of inter-religious and civil society cooperation and religious freedom.

ADF International to Highlight Defense of Persecuted Christians at International Religious Freedom Summit

High-level, non-partisan event this week showcases unprecedented support across the political spectrum on the urgent issue of Christian persecution.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns one of the world’s most extreme abortion regimes, returns decision to state-level democratic process

US Supreme Court justices have decided that each U.S. state has the freedom to determine its own abortion laws, including protections for unborn life from its earliest stages.

"Continuously shrinking space” for freedom in Turkey, warns EU

European Parliament urges Turkey to implement “positive and effective reforms” to protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

BAIL FOR “BLASPHEMY”: Man granted bail after 3 years in prison for “blaspheming” during neighborhood pigeon argument

Human rights advocates denounce poor treatment of Stephen Masih, who suffers from bipolar disorder.

20 years of euthanasia in Belgium: after almost 30,000 lives lost, what can we learn?

The rate of euthanasia in Belgium has increased from 235 lives lost per year (2003), to 7 lives lost per day (2021) .

“SHAME ON YOU”: MEPs shout as European Parliament "turns blind eye” to murder of teenage Nigerian accused of blasphemy

European Parliament rejects motion to debate Christian persecution, in particular in the case of Deborah Yabuku, brutally murdered last week when her school peers accused her of blaspheming in a class group chat

European Parliament passes “hostile” report on persecuted religious minorities

On 3 May, the European Parliament adopted a report on “The persecution of minorities on the grounds of belief or religion”. Human rights experts have denounced the report as “openly hostile towards religion”.

Prosecutor files appeal against Finnish MP’s major free speech victory  

The Finnish state prosecutor has filed her appeal against the unanimous court decision which exonerated a Finnish MP and bishop of “hate speech” allegations for sharing their faith-based beliefs.

Pakistani Christian convert granted protection at Europe’s top court  

A Pakistani Christian fearing persecution in case of deportation has won his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

Report identifies worst violators of religious freedom 

Fifteen countries are engaging in “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” violations of religious freedom – as identified by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its 2022 Annual Report published today.

Top human rights court of the Americas fails to uphold parental rights 

The decisions of parents regarding how and by whom their children will receive religious education may be disregarded – so ruled the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Finnish prosecutor's decision paints picture of hostile path towards free speech and Christianity

“The Finnish prosecutor has announced she will appeal Räsänen and Pohjola’s acquittal on 'hate speech' charges."

40 Days for Free Speech

“If you think that the free speech-v-cancel culture tension has already been pushed to its limits in the UK over the past year, you probably haven’t heard of 40 Days for Life."

A Bipartisan Win for Religious Freedom | Opinion

“In a remarkable show of bipartisan cooperation, last week, the Senate unanimously reauthorized the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act."

This 76 year-old grandmother was arrested while praying. She’s still waiting for justice

“Rosa, a 76-year-old grandmother, was arrested while walking and praying during lockdown. Due to court backlogs, she is still awaiting trial."

Prosecutor to continue “campaign” against Finnish MP after major free speech victory

After a unanimous court decision and strong recommendation by the police not to proceed with prosecution in the first place, the Finnish state prosecutor intends to push criminal proceedings against MP and bishop into their fourth year.

In Finland, a Win for Free Speech Everywhere

“A Finnish member of parliament has won on all charges in a groundbreaking free speech trial involving a Bible tweet..."

Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial

A Finnish court has upheld the right to free speech by dismissing all charges against Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola.

NGOs call on US Senators to hold gross violators of human rights accountable 

Numerous international religious freedom NGOs have penned a public letter calling on US Senators to reauthorize legislation to hold gross violators of human rights accountable.

Aviso: Judgment in Finnish MP’s Bible-tweet trial expected on 30th March

A Finnish court is expected to rule on the Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola's free speech case on 30th March. Both stand accused of having engaged in “hate speech” for publicly sharing their faith-based beliefs.

Sudanese couple faces criminal charges after conversion to Christianity 

A married Sudanese Christian convert couple is currently on trial facing baseless charges after they converted to Christianity despite the decriminalization of apostasy.

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY - France taken to Europe’s top court after censoring Down Syndrome spokespersons

Disability rights organisation faced discrimination after video speaking out about life with Down Syndrome was censored on state television channel

Afghanistan: Religious minorities “remain stranded under constant fear of death”

UN human rights experts call on governments to not lose sight of religious minorities in Afghanistan who “remain stranded under constant fear of death”

Belgian Constitutional Court fails to uphold health care providers’ right to uphold the right to life

Human rights experts have raised concerns about a ruling the Belgian Constitutional Court handed down on February 17th. The Court upheld amendments expanding the Belgian euthanasia law.

COURT OUT: Closing arguments presented in Finnish Bible-tweet trial

Finnish parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola faced their second day on trial in Helsinki.

UPDATE: Closing arguments to be heard in Finnish MP’s criminal trial over Bible-tweet

Finnish parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola will face their second day on trial in Helsinki.

On trial for a Bible tweet

“Once we are no longer free to tweet unpopular opinions — or even unpopular Bible verses — we will find ourselves living in an Orwellian future..."

Finnish Government Puts Christianity On Trial, Calls The Bible ‘Hate Speech’

“The prosecutor began the day by trying to explain that this case was not about beliefs and the Bible..."

“Tantamount to a secular blasphemy law”: US Senators condemn prosecution of Finnish politician on trial for Bible Tweet

Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen has spoken about her dedication to free speech ahead of her criminal trial on 24 January.

LIVE FROM COURT: Finnish politician begins trial for tweet while demonstrators protest for the right to free speech

Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen has spoken about her dedication to free speech ahead of her criminal trial on 24 January.

Censorship would be “worse” than prison – MP speaks out ahead of Bible tweet trial

Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen has spoken about her dedication to free speech ahead of her criminal trial on 24 January.

FREE SPEECH ON TRIAL: MP who tweeted Bible verses could face prison penalty

A criminal conviction for posting a Bible tweet is now a very real possibility in Finland. On 24 January, former Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen will face a criminal trial after being accused of engaging in “hate speech” for publicly voicing her deeply held beliefs on marriage and human…

The gay-cake verdict: a sweet victory for free expression

“Whichever way you slice it, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a win for free expression this week..."

Sweet victory for freedom of conscience: Europe’s top court tosses out attempt to re-open cake dispute

Northern Irish bakers Daniel & Amy McArthur will not be forced to ice messages that are incompatible with their religious beliefs

Pastor convicted for prayer returns home on bail for Christmas

This week, Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya was released on bail after being convicted and jailed for sharing gospel tracts and praying with fellow citizens.

UPDATE: Frankfurt court strikes down censorship zone around abortion organisation

 A 40-Days-for-Life prayer group acted lawfully in gathering in front of the Frankfurt branch of the Pro Familia abortion organisation in 2020 – so ruled the Administrative Court of Frankfurt, Hesse, in a judgment handed down on 16 December.

Are you staring comfortably?

A new campaign on public transport risks policing thoughtcrimes.

U.S. Senate confirms new International Religious Freedom ambassador

The U.S. Senate has just confirmed Rashad Hussain as new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF).

Open letter to President Biden: Please don't ignore "rampant violence” in Nigeria

46 leading global advocates and organisations for religious freedom call for Biden Administration to reinstate Nigeria as a “Country of Particular Concern”.

Bulgarian pastors challenge government’s disinformation campaign against Christians

Two Bulgarian pastors are standing up against a scaremongering campaign by their local government to label all non-Eastern Orthodox Christians as sects and warn children off against them.

Slovenian Court fails to protect free speech for pro-life NGO

In a blow for the right to freedom of expression, the Administrative Court of the Republic of Slovenia found that the pro-life NGO Zavod ŽIV!M, whose bus ads had been removed in 2018, had not been discriminated against.

Pastor sentenced to jailtime for prayer and evangelism in Nepal

On Tuesday, Pastor Keshab was sentenced to two years in jail and a fine for sharing gospel tracts and praying with fellow citizens.

Press Statement: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The case presents an opportunity for the Court to uphold Mississippi’s law protecting unborn children and their mothers, affirm that life is a human right, and overturn the harmful precedent set in 1973.

German court to hear appeal on prayer vigil ban

A German court announced it will hear the appeal against a prohibition on silent prayer gatherings in the proximity of an abortion organization.

ADF International welcomes OSCE report promoting freedom of speech

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, publishes a special report on legal harassment and abuse of the judicial system against the media

“Overjoyed!”: Colombian Social Media star wins censorship case

The video in which Colombian YouTuber Kika Nieto shared her beliefs about marriage, should not have been censored - so ruled the Colombian Supreme Court.

Outcry after Nigeria removed from U.S. “Country of Particular Concern” list

U.S. State Department removes Country of Particular Concern designation for Nigeria despite worsening religious freedom situation

The Coup in Sudan puts Religious Freedom at Risk

After nearly two years of major reforms on human rights and democratic governance, the coup has the potential to destabilize the country. In particular, the coup puts the historic progress that Sudan had made recently on protecting religious freedom at grave risk and bodes ill for the rest of Africa,”…

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 girls.

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 adopted a resolution to condemn, “in the strongest possible terms”, the ongoing violations and abuses of human rights perpetrated in Afghanistan, including against persons belonging to religious minorities.

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 is one of the estimated 1000 girls that are “converted” against their will through a forced marriage in Pakistan every year.

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 worship, even when malls and business centers could open.

"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 states to take resolute action to protect vulnerable religious minorities who face serious threats to their lives.

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 protect the human rights of those persecuted for their faith?

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 judgment regarding abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities.

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 on a daily basis," said Carlo Fidanza MEP.

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 police would arrest me," recalls Kika. "I cried oceans." And all because of a YouTube video?

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 the censorship case of Finnish Member of Parliament, Päivi Räsänen, for 24 January 2022.

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 on public worship because of COVID-19 before the Constitutional Court.

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 the EU, after less than five months in the role.

"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 Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Conflict Prevention and the Protection of the Human Rights of Minorities.

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 State, Antony Blinken, to re-designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern.

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 of American citizens, Afghan Christians and many other religious minority groups are stranded.

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 safely arrived in Europe*.

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 quick to penalise the speech complained of, rather than consider what rights the accused has to speak freely in public.

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 safely arrived in Europe*.

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 on public worship after new national lockdown measures were announced on Friday.

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 the censorship case of Erika “Kika” Nieto, calling for the protection of freedom of speech.

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 re-entry ban against you."

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 on the menu, or one meal out with a pool-side view, Michelin starred food, and great company?

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 State Antony Blinken, expressing concern and urging action regarding increased persecution of religious minorities in Algeria.

“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 high hopes for a positive ruling affirming freedom of speech.

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 until now we haven’t offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business.”

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*, a young mother in Dhanbad, Jharkhand is familiar with such discrimination.

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 recently when my fellow expat, Prince Harry, quite royally offended his host nation by calling the First Amendment “bonkers” on the California-based Armchair Experts podcast.

“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 ads commissioned by the pro-life NGO Zavod ŽIV!M in 2018.

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 Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel to death by hanging in 2014 over blasphemy charges.

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, a human-rights organisation defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. He is the author of Censored: How European Hate Speech Laws are Threatening Freedom of Speech.

“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 experts and religious freedom advocates voiced their concern this week. The coalition published an open letter to member states of the Organization of American States calling for a fair election…

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 the beliefs of the keynote speaker.

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 ruling on 12 May, which dismissed the challenge of the leader of a prayer initiative to have restrictions on their prayer vigils lifted.

“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 of Human Rights will soon answer this question for 35 American countries in the landmark case of Pavez v. Chile.

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 never to ban church worship in Ireland again.

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 Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Undergoing a “Universal Periodic Review”, during which states are scrutinized on their human rights record and called to consider reforms, various states urged…

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 their lives.

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 three criminal charges against Finnish Member of Parliament, Päivi Räsänen.

“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 government on 29 April, signalling a partial lifting of the disproportionate ban as of 10 May.

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 and leaving the community to gather outside in a tent.

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 least for Colombia. Responding to a viewer’s question in an “Ask Me Anything” video, social media star Erika “Kika” Nieto had shared her views on marriage while expressing tolerance for…

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 added their name to a petition addressed to number 10.

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 able to join in celebrations. She had been abducted, forcibly married to a much older Muslim man, and must now wait in hiding after escaping. Forced “conversion” through marriage affects…

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. This month marks nearly a full year of the blanket ban on public worship being in place throughout the country.

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 handed down today from Scotland's top civil court.

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 is preparing for his hearing at Scotland’s top civil court on Thursday 11th- Friday 12th March.

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 of Human Rights will soon answer this question for 35 American countries in the landmark case of Pavez v. Chile.

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 most. She escaped her captor – but not before he brutalised, blackmailed, married and forcibly “converted” her from her Christian faith.

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 the court room.

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 effects of censorship at UK universities, and lays out new proposals to tackle the problem.

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 for Life” group in Pforzheim, Germany, who were prohibited from gathering to peacefully pray near a pre-abortion advisory center.

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 a close-knit member of the community – simply because he shared his faith.  

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 her. She escaped and gave a statement to the court saying she was abused and blackmailed.

“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 police interrogation in recent months.

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 against Belgium at the European Court of Human Rights. The case is Mr Mortier’s last chance to seek justice for the loss of his mother who was euthanized by lethal…

What to Watch as the Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

In evaluating a response measure, it is important to first understand the form it has taken -- whether it is a legislative policy, executive order or decree, or a military ordinance and how that impacts the nature of the response measure.

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 holding allegedly illegal religious worship services there.

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 Parliament Päivi Räsänen faced a police investigation because of a tweet she posted on June 2019.

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 a pro-life society. Julia Rynkiewicz, a final year midwifery student at the University of Nottingham, was subject to an almost 4-month long investigation after concerns were raised about her involvement…

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 has brought a case alleging violations of freedom of religion before the European Court of Human Rights.

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 Girl Child, which was introduced to help focus on the status of girls in society all over the world.

Trump stands up for religious freedom

President Trump isn’t known as a champion of human rights, but on Monday he became the first American president to convene a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom. He kicked off the U.N. General Assembly’s annual session with a “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom.

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’ Union after the initial decision to deny the group affiliation was challenged.

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 by the Pakistani Supreme Court in a landmark ruling, sparking violent protests. Despite her acquittal and significant international criticism, Bibi was kept in custody and not allowed to leave the…

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 Mr Mortier’s case meaning the Court is now his only chance to seek justice for the loss of his mother.

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 until the next day is headed back to a Belgian criminal court.

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 is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow doctor-prescribed death.

Lautsi and Others v. Italy

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