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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.
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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report assesses religious freedom in countries around the world. "The state of religious freedom is dire," says Ambassador Brownback.
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Persia’s Cyrus Cylinder inspires Americans

The glittering Freedom Sculpture in Los Angeles, modeled after the ancient clay Cyrus Cylinder, is just one testimonial to Persian king Cyrus the Great's support for human rights.
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U.S. criticizes China’s repression of Uighurs

The State Department voiced concern about increased Chinese repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, including detention of the relatives of U.S.-based Uighur journalists.
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Who are Sufi Muslims? And why is the Iranian government persecuting...

Muslims who practice Sufism — also known as dervishes — are often targeted by the Iranian government for arbitrary arrests and routinely harassed, along with Iran’s other religious minorities.
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Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
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Celebrating Passover in America

Passover is a major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the Jews' liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt before their journey to the promised land.