Freedom Of Religion

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President Trump stands up for religious freedom

At a meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, President Trump called on countries to protect religious freedom and end persecution based on beliefs.
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Protecting religious freedom: A U.S. priority

Religious freedom is a fundamental right and a U.S. priority. The State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report monitors abuses.
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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.
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Tortured in Russia for peacefully practicing their faith

Russia has criminalized the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses, labeling them as “extremist,” arresting and imprisoning them, and now torturing them.
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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.
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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.
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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.