Stop Religious Persecution in Nigeria

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Say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria

Say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS

SIGN THE PETITION NOW

  • Ask the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately seek justice for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

2,373 submissions
1,750 goal

PETITION

Dear newly seated UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Volker Türk,

As the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, we, the undersigned, are calling on you to use every power/make every effort to closely monitor the situation of religious freedom in Nigeria as a matter of urgent priority.

Background

In Nigeria, more Christians are being killed for their faith than in the rest of the world together. The tragic murder of Deborah Samuel, who was burned to death for thanking Jesus in a text message, shows that religion can be a target of deadly violence within the country. Like Deborah, every day 14 innocent people are slaughtered in Nigeria because of their Christian faith.

Notwithstanding, the UN has so far failed to devote special attention to the deteriorating situation on the ground, leaving behind countless men, women, and children who have been victims or at risk of religious discrimination, violence, and persecution.

What could help

Violent extremist groups, such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province, are terrorizing Christians and civilians in general. Regrettably, the horrific campaigns of abduction, sexual violence, murder, and destruction that have been plaguing towns and villages throughout the country, and the desperate calls for protection against religious persecution have so far been largely ignored by the international community. The silence surrounding this grave human rights situation has now become part of the problem.

We, therefore, urge that you speak out publicly on these issues, and work with the government of Nigeria to put a stop to the perpetration of such heinous crimes. Please conduct an inquiry into the sexual violence, forced conversion, and forced marriage committed by terrorist groups against women and girls belonging to religious minorities. Please raise awareness about the administration of injustice under Sharia courts. Please heed the plight of faith leaders living in fear for their lives and those of their community members, and spare no effort to build a world where everyone is able to practice their religion openly and freely, without discrimination. Please right the wrongs of your predecessors who lacked the courage to speak truth to power and emboldened human rights violators to continue to perpetrate atrocities with impunity.

Final call to action

Mr. High Commissioner, please use your mandate to help protect our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and around the world. And let us work together to make a lasting impact for freedom of religion, for everyone, everywhere.

Meet the four young Nigerian Christians we helped set free

Faith, Hannah, Elijah, and Barbara don’t know each other but their stories have two things in common: suffering, then freedom. Three are converts to Christianity, but all are young. And because of their faith, they faced the potential for religious violence and persecution. Even death.

Hannah was sued before the Sharia Court and her life was threatened because she did not convert to Islam, choosing to follow Jesus instead. Faith was evicted from her home because of her faith and then accused of apostasy before the Sharia Court. Elijah faced death threats from his own family after his conversion. Then his family sought the death penalty at the Sharia Court.

Barbara was displaced to Cameroon where she converted to Christianity and remarried after her husband divorced her. When they returned to Nigeria, the ex-husband sued on grounds of “adultery”. The judge ordered they be sent to prison pending their hearings.

Through the expedient work of the local lawyers ADF International supported in Nigeria, these young Christians were set free. However, these aren’t the only Christians in danger.

Learn more about these brave young men and women. Sign the petition today to say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria.

Updates about Nigeria

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United Arab Emirates (43rd Session)

United Arab Emirates

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report outlines the situation of freedom of religion and freedom of expression in the
United Arab Emirates (hereinafter, the ‘UAE’). While noting positive developments in the area of religious freedom, ADF International remains concerned at the continued criminalization of blasphemy, proselytism, and other so-called ‘crimes violating religious creed and rites’, as well as at the country’s failure to recognize marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims, except when the woman is Christian or Jewish.

Montenegro (43rd Session)

Montenegro

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report stresses the urgent need for the government of Montenegro to intensify its efforts to eradicate the practice of prenatal sex selection in the country. It highlights that the skewed sex ratio at birth has its roots in Montenegro’s prevalent culture of son preference, and suggests recommendations to tackle the root causes of the practice of sex-selective abortion.

Mali (43rd Session)

Mali

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organisation that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report highlights the intense hostility and persecution suffered by religious minorities, particularly Christians, in Mali. Furthermore, it explains why Mali should resist calls to expand access to abortion and instead focus on safeguarding and improving access to maternal health care within its borders.

Luxembourg (43rd Session)

Luxembourg

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report denounces the incompatibility of Luxembourg’s regulation of euthanasia and assisted suicide with the State’s basic obligation to protect the equal right to life of all persons. In particular, it highlights the inevitable subjectivity in the assessment of what constitutes ‘unbearable physical or mental suffering’ under the law and the challenges faced by medical professionals in the exercise of their right to conscientious objection in this regard.

Israel (43rd Session)

Israel

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report examines the discriminatory impact of laws and policies relating to the registration of religious groups and the ownership of religious property and heritage sites. This report also outlines the rising trend of social hostility faced by Christians within the country.

France (43rd Session)

France

(43rd Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report illustrates the state of homeschooling in France, highlighting that the restrictions on home education resulting from the enactment of the 2021 AntiSeparatism Bill violate France’s obligations to respect freedom of education and parental rights under international human rights law.

Nigeria: Country of Particular Concern

Letter Calling on the US State Department to Designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern

Dear Secretary Blinken:

We, the undersigned, are a group of individuals and organizations that advocate for human rights and freedom of religion and belief around the world. We represent diverse religious, non-religious, and ethnic backgrounds but are united in our goal of promoting freedom of religion or belief for all. As you prepare to designate Countries of Particular Concern for nations who have “engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” we ask that you designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) and appoint a Special Envoy to investigate the situation and make recommendations, in consultation with local representatives.

Affirm Dignity: Our Guide

Affirm Dignity: Our Guide

Topic | Right to Life

Who has dignity? What does it mean for us to affirm the inherent dignity of every person? What does ‘dying with dignity’ really mean?

We believe that all people have inherent dignity, no matter their age or health condition. A fair and just society cares for its most vulnerable. Once we open the door to intentional killing, there is no logical stopping point. This is not just a hypothesis. In countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, euthanasia cases have increased a hundredfold since legalization.

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The right to life is a fundamental and inherent human right, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and guaranteed by all human rights treaties. People at all stages of life and in all regions of the world are increasingly vulnerable to assaults on this foundational right. Without respect for human life, there can be no respect for human dignity. The most vulnerable deserve our compassionate love and support. There is nothing progressive about a society that refuses to care for them.

Therefore, we:

affirm that the right to life cannot include a right to die;

deplore the promotion of practices like euthanasia or assisted suicide;

consider every suicide a tragedy, and we recall the international obligation on States to take measures to prevent suicide;

denounce the slippery slope of legalized euthanasia which results in pressure on the vulnerable to die;

condemn the application of euthanasia to children, vulnerable adults, and those who have not given their consent;

believe society owes those suffering better options than euthanasia, such as palliative care;

affirm that palliative care is prevention and relief of suffering, which does not hasten nor postpone death (as defined by the World Health Organization);

call for the prohibition of euthanasia and assisted suicide and further investment in compassionate alternatives which Affirm Dignity.

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The Legalization of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: An inevitable slippery slope

This paper makes the case for the protection of life and the societal norms of caring for one another through the prohibition of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Rather than requiring the legalization of these troubling practices, international law robustly protects the right to life – particularly for the most vulnerable. The threat posed by a number of legislative proposals across Europe is highlighted through the example of those countries which have already gone down this road. An investigation into the most recent developments in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Canada shows that where euthanasia and assisted suicide are legalized, the number of people euthanized, and the number of qualifying conditions increase with no logical stopping point. The paper concludes by refuting the main arguments relied upon in support of legalization.

News & Updates

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 the government to improve treatment of the elderly and of persons with disabilities.

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Stop Religious Persecution in Nigeria

African Teenage Boy Sitting And Reading Book

Say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria

Say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS

SIGN THE PETITION NOW

  • Ask the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately seek justice for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

1,000 submissions
2,250 goal

PETITION

Dear newly seated UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Volker Türk,

As the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, we, the undersigned, are calling on you to use every power/make every effort to closely monitor the situation of religious freedom in Nigeria as a matter of urgent priority.

Background

In Nigeria, more Christians are being killed for their faith than in the rest of the world together. The tragic murder of Deborah Samuel, who was burned to death for thanking Jesus in a text message, shows that religion can be a target of deadly violence within the country. Like Deborah, every day 14 innocent people are slaughtered in Nigeria because of their Christian faith.

Notwithstanding, the UN has so far failed to devote special attention to the deteriorating situation on the ground, leaving behind countless men, women, and children who have been victims or at risk of religious discrimination, violence, and persecution.

What could help

Violent extremist groups, such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province, are terrorizing Christians and civilians in general. Regrettably, the horrific campaigns of abduction, sexual violence, murder, and destruction that have been plaguing towns and villages throughout the country, and the desperate calls for protection against religious persecution have so far been largely ignored by the international community. The silence surrounding this grave human rights situation has now become part of the problem.

We, therefore, urge that you speak out publicly on these issues, and work with the government of Nigeria to put a stop to the perpetration of such heinous crimes. Please conduct an inquiry into the sexual violence, forced conversion, and forced marriage committed by terrorist groups against women and girls belonging to religious minorities. Please raise awareness about the administration of injustice under Sharia courts. Please heed the plight of faith leaders living in fear for their lives and those of their community members, and spare no effort to build a world where everyone is able to practice their religion openly and freely, without discrimination. Please right the wrongs of your predecessors who lacked the courage to speak truth to power and emboldened human rights violators to continue to perpetrate atrocities with impunity.

Final call to action

Mr. High Commissioner, please use your mandate to help protect our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and around the world. And let us work together to make a lasting impact for freedom of religion, for everyone, everywhere.

Meet the four young Nigerian Christians we helped set free

Faith, Hannah, Elijah, and Barbara don’t know each other but their stories have two things in common: suffering, then freedom. Three are converts to Christianity, but all are young. And because of their faith, they faced the potential for religious violence and persecution. Even death.

Hannah was sued before the Sharia Court and her life was threatened because she did not convert to Islam, choosing to follow Jesus instead. Faith was evicted from her home because of her faith and then accused of apostasy before the Sharia Court. Elijah faced death threats from his own family after his conversion. Then his family sought the death penalty at the Sharia Court.

Barbara was displaced to Cameroon where she converted to Christianity and remarried after her husband divorced her. When they returned to Nigeria, the ex-husband sued on grounds of “adultery”. The judge ordered they be sent to prison pending their hearings.

Through the expedient work of the local lawyers ADF International supported in Nigeria, these young Christians were set free. However, these aren’t the only Christians in danger.

Learn more about these brave young men and women. Sign the petition today to say NO MORE to Christian persecution in Nigeria.

Updates about Nigeria

Musician Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Appeals to...

A notice of appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court of Nigeria for the…

Over 32,800 Petitioners Call on U.S. Government to...

The removal of Nigeria from the U.S. State Department’s “Country of Political Concern” (CPC) list…

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