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Faces of religious persecution: Pastor Andrew Brunson [video]

August 22 commemorates victims of religious persecution. The story of Pastor Andrew Brunson illustrates how important religious freedom is around the world.
Illustration of a uniformed Chinese official holding a cellphone with an eyeball on its screen (State Dept./D. Thompson)

China’s surveillance app

The Chinese government is using special mobile apps to watch ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, cataloging and recording their every move.
Two children wearing embroidered hats (© Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis/Getty Images)

China cuts children’s Uighur roots

Over the past several years, China has built a network of orphanages for ethnic minority children whose parents are in internment camps.
Callista Gingrich and Pope Francis exchanging document (© L'Osservatore Romano/AP Images)

35 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See

The partnership of the U.S. and the Vatican focuses on religious freedom, the fight against human trafficking, and the role of women in the Catholic Church.
Building with watch tower behind barbed-wire fence (© Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese leader calls religious internment ‘pioneering’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls the re-education camps “abhorrent.” Detainees suffer beatings and torture in an effort to wipe out their culture.
Mike Pompeo speaking at lectern (State Dept./Michael Gross)

Pompeo presents 1st International Religious Freedom Awards

The first International Religious Freedom Awards were presented to activists from Brazil, Cyprus, Iraq, Nigeria and Sudan.
Woman standing under prayer flags (© Ashwini Bhatia/AP Images)

Survivors of religious persecution tell powerful stories

Survivors of religious persecution shared their stories at the State Department's second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington.
Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.
Closeup of dark-haired young woman (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Daughter of Uighur scholar fights for his freedom

Speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the daughter of a Uighur scholar described her family's persecution by the Chinese government.