freedom of religion

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Pence: U.S. stands for religious freedom ‘yesterday, today and always’

Vice President Pence affirmed the United States' deep commitment to religious freedom worldwide in his remarks to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
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A declaration of religious freedom [video]

In this video, survivors of religious persecution read highlights of a new declaration supporting religious freedom, which was released at a State Department conference.
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What does it mean for a right to be inalienable?

Some rights are given by governments, but the most important ones, inalienable rights such as religious freedom, are the rights every human is born with.
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The right for all to worship as they wish

At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, these survivors share their stories of being persecuted for the ways they choose to worship.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Champions of religious freedom

Jehovah's Witnesses are law-abiding people of faith who follow a unique interpretation of the Bible. Russia's Supreme Court decided Witnesses' views make them “extremists,” and now 50 face criminal prosecution.
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Mixing faith and fashion at the Met

See how Vatican treasures, religious art and couture come together in a seamless mix of the sacred and the secular at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Iran draws international condemnation for execution of Sufi

Iranian authorities hanged Mohammad Salas after forcing his confession under torture and without granting him a fair trial, in violation of Iran’s international human rights obligations.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
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President Trump hosts iftar at the White House

On June 6, President Trump hosted an iftar at the White House, welcoming guests from many nations and embracing a tradition observed by previous U.S. presidents.