ADF International

Historical Highlights

Affirming religious freedom around the world


  • Special consultative status is granted at the United Nations.
  • ADF International receives accreditation from the European Parliament and European Commission.
  • A, B, and C v. Ireland (ECtHR): In December, ADF International successfully assists in defending the people of Ireland against a direct challenge to the nation’s constitutional pro-life protections. The case reinforces the precedent that the European Convention on Human Rights cannot be interpreted as conferring a ‘right to abortion.’


  • ADF International establishes its Latin American presence in Mexico City.
  • Lautsi v. Italy (ECtHR): In March, ADF International successfully intervenes on behalf of 33 Members of the European Parliament from 12 different European states. The intervention is instrumental in securing a major victory on behalf of Italy and affirming the right of its people to display religious symbols in public places, including classrooms.


  • ADF International opens its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
  • The first time an anti-conversion law (legally restricting people from converting to Christianity)—in place in six Indian states since 1967—is struck down in India.
  • Boissoin v. Lund: ADF International allies successfully defend Canadian pastor Stephen Boissoin after he was reported for ‘hate speech’ simply for writing an opinion editorial supporting marriage.


  • Eweida v. United Kingdom (ECtHR): In January, ADF International is instrumental in a historic win protecting religious freedom.
  • ADF International publishes The Global Human Rights Landscape.


  • ADF International and its alliance partners in India defend Christians in 43 cases in their newly established legal assistance centres, launched in response to increased violent attacks against Christians.
  • ADF International is granted accreditation by the Organization of American States (OAS) in April, enabling it to provide a significant voice on law and policy throughout Latin America.
  • Magyar Keresztény Mennonita Egyház and Others v. Hungary (ECtHR): In April, the ECtHR holds that a Hungarian law that removes the legal status of dozens of Christian churches is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Gross v. Switzerland (ECtHR): In November, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights dismisses a case designed to liberalize assisted suicide laws in Switzerland.


  • Dimitrova v. Bulgaria (ECtHR): ADF International and its allies successfully defend Petya Dimitrova at the ECtHR after her home church was raided by police. The Court invalidated efforts by the Bulgarian government to close down her home church and affirmed her freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.
  • Annen v. Germany (ECtHR): Working with its allies, ADF International played a significant role in the successful defense of Klaus Annen, a pro-life advocate, thereby securing greater freedom of expression throughout Europe.
  • ADF International launches offices in Geneva, Switzerland, allowing greater involvement at the United Nations Human Rights Council and in Brussels, Belgium, in order to better engage at the European Union.


  • ADF International opens an office in Strasbourg, France, in order to effectively engage at the European Court of Human Rights and be a resource at the Council of Europe.
  • ADF International’s direct advocacy efforts at the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France lead to recognition of ISIS’ atrocities against Christians in the Middle East as genocide.
  • In FG v. Sweden (ECtHR), the Grand Chamber ruled that Sweden must not deport an Iranian Christian convert from Islam, as he would face severe persecution for his faith if he returned to Iran.
  • ADF International releases the second edition of Censored (Kairos Publications: Vienna), a work focusing on threats to free speech across Europe.


  • ADF International releases The ‘Conscience of Europe?’—a publication focusing on the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence on the issues of family, the sanctity of human life, and religious freedom.
  • ADF International launches the Affirming Dignity campaign in multiple countries throughout Europe to expose the slippery slope of euthanasia laws.
  • ADF International opens an office in London, United Kingdom, to better engage with crucial developments of law, policy, and media in one of the most influential cities in the world.


  • Argentina Embraces Life. ADF International provided expert testimony on the draft bill before the Argentine Senate that led to the protect life and conscience under international law.
  • ADF International, working with its allies in Norway, helped secure a major freedom of conscience victory for medial professional, Dr. Katarzyna Jachimowicz, at Norway’s Supreme Court.


  • ADF International represented Mr. Altınkaynak before the European Court of Human Rights in the case Altınkaynak and others v. Turkey and won.  The ECtHR ruled that Turkey violated the right to freedom of association when denying a religious foundation legal recognition in 2004.
  • ADF International helped create language that resulted in the US government cutting taxpayer funding to OAS for promoting abortion.
  • ADF International intervened before the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR as a Third Party, arguing for greater respect for parental rights in Strand Lobben v. Norway and highlighting fundamental issues with child protection services. The Court ruled that Norway violated the fundamental right to family life through the actions of its child welfare services.


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