ADF International

Setting the Record Straight

We believe in the inherent dignity of all people.

Promoting human rights means boldly taking positions that are not always shared by everyone. Some even resort to distributing false information about our work rather than engaging in an open debate. See our responses to these smears below.

Allegations We Have Faced

Is ADF International a hate group?

No. This allegation is completely false. On contrary, ADF International fights to end the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities around the world. We defend families and individuals in court and advocate for the right to life and family at international institutions.

This allegation stems from the false and debunked claims made by the US-based Southern Poverty Law Centre in 2012 (?). The SPLC did good work years ago, but have been widely discredited for decades by investigative journalists, charity watchdogs, and commentators as activist, partisan, and unreliable.

The SPLC’s claims about ADF are false and grossly mischaracterize our work. In fact, the SPLC has been sued multiple times for unjustly spreading false information about groups in order to discredit those with whom they disagree.

More recently, the SPLC fired its founder and president amidst numerous claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism in the organization. It is appalling and offensive for the SPLC to compare peaceful Christian organizations, which condemn violence and racism, with violent and racist groups.

Is ADF International trying to criminalize homosexuality?

No. We are not litigating any cases nor pursuing any legislation of the sort. In the media, these accusations are linked to when our US partner, Alliance Defending Freedom, was asked for limited legal advice from leaders in Belize when foreign activists issued a lawsuit challenging their country’s rarely-enforced public health law, which applies to both opposite and same-sex acts.

As citizens of a recently independent nation with a colonial history, Belizeans were equally concerned with neo-imperialism by Anglo-European activists trying to impose their will as they were with the specifics of any law.

We believe in and defend the human dignity of all people.

Has ADF International really called for the sterilization of people?

No. ADF International categorically condemns the forced sterilization of anyone, including transgender persons.

The claim is a willful misrepresentation of a brief that ADF International filed in ‘A.P., Garçon and Nicot v. France’. The cases involved claims that France required transgender persons to undergo procedures that would likely result in sterilization to change their sex on official documents. France disputed this claim, argued that sterilization was not required, and later clarified the law to state that proof of sterilization was not necessary for a legal change of sex. In one case, it was argued that it was wrong for France to require any medical diagnosis before amending official documents and that the authorities should make changes based solely on request. This argument was ultimately rejected by the court.

ADF International’s brief simply argued that the European Convention on Human Rights does not cover changes to identity documents, so the case was outside the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisdiction. The brief took no stance whatsoever on France’s law. In fact, the court specifically instructed ADF International to “not include any comments on the facts or merits of the case, but address only the general principles involved in the solution of the case,” which is precisely what ADF International did.

Where does ADF International get its money?

We are a privately funded NGO, with more than 200,000 supporters worldwide. Most of them give between 10 and 100 EUR per year to support our work. Donors give knowing that our advocacy efforts are spread across the world. We fully comply with all rules set out by the various charity-regulators of the countries we are based in. All of our funds are and have always been transparent. Some media outlets have falsely claimed that we are solely US-funded. This is not true. As of today, we receive donations from supporters in more than 40 countries and the number is growing.

We’ve been able to help thousands of Christians around the world.

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Faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.