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Vatican spokesman calls China's suspension of bishop 'serious'

Dec 11, 2012 - 03:56 pm .- The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican's spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned.

New project allows Congress members to adopt conscience prisoners

Dec 11, 2012 - 02:06 am .- A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for their release and to highlight the importance of human rights and religious liberty.

GQ magazine names pro-life activist 'Rebel of the Year'

Nov 29, 2012 - 12:04 am .- A secular men's magazine has praised Chinese anti-abortion advocate Chen Guangcheng in its December 2012 issue, placing him on the list of “Man of the Year.”

Spanish group calls for bolstering of disabled children's rights

Nov 21, 2012 - 04:02 pm .- On Universal Children's Day marked worldwide on Nov. 20, the organization Down Spain called for increased protection of the rights of children with Down's Syndrome.

Catholic couple's 'apostolic hobby' assists 1,400 Chinese orphans

Oct 25, 2012 - 12:02 pm .- For the past decade and a half, an American couple living in China have cited total reliance on God as the source of their success in giving aid to hundreds of medically-fragile orphans.

Dutch leaders urged to investigate child trafficking case

Oct 7, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- Witnesses at an Oct. 4 Helsinki Commission briefing called for increased pressure on the Dutch government to look into numerous sexual abuse accusations against a high ranking government official.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 19, 2012 - 12:09 am .- A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11.

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God's love

Aug 7, 2012 - 12:03 pm .- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others.

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Aug 7, 2012 - 11:45 am .- Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said the leader of a Washington, D.C.-based law center that advocates global religious freedom.

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Aug 4, 2012 - 07:13 am .- A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that has plagued India's “untouchables” for centuries.

Congressional leaders support Chinese pro-life activist

Aug 3, 2012 - 04:07 am .- Bipartisan leaders of Congress came together in the nation’s capital on Aug. 1 to meet with and offer their support to Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng.

Switzerland approves controversial pre-natal test for Down's Syndrome

Jul 31, 2012 - 04:05 pm .- The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome – a move that could lead to an increase of abortions in the country.

Slavery is 'alive and well' in India, pastor says

Jul 15, 2012 - 05:11 pm .- Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in humanitarian work said.

Christianity changing lives of India's 'untouchables'

Jul 12, 2012 - 04:07 am .- A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,” especially for the community's women who are often victims of prostitution and human trafficking.

Congressman wants ambassador to Vietnam fired over human rights issues

Jul 12, 2012 - 12:07 am .- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, charging that he has marginalized human rights and religious freedom concerns.

Human rights advocate says Washington Post distorted her views on Islam

Jun 13, 2012 - 02:01 am .- Nina Shea, a prominent Catholic advocate for global religious freedom, says the Washington Post presented her as a “religious bigot” by falsely crediting her with an inflammatory statement on Islam.

Bishops back Pakistan activist after death threat fears

Jun 8, 2012 - 02:20 am .- The Catholic bishops of Pakistan are giving their “full solidarity and support” to Asma Jahangir, a human rights advocate in Pakistan who says her life is being threatened by factions in the country’s ruling establishment and intelligence services.

Chen arrives in US as family, friends remain vulnerable in China

May 22, 2012 - 12:05 am .- Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng and his family have arrived safely in the United States, but reports indicate that his supporters may still be facing violence at the hands of Chinese government.

Witnesses warn of retribution against Chen Guangcheng’s family, friends

May 16, 2012 - 07:00 pm .- A hearing before a U.S. House subcommittee on human rights discussed the current status of blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng, as well as his family, friends and the women he sought to protect from China’s brutal one-child policy.

Families reject 'academy of prostitution' in Spain

May 11, 2012 - 04:07 pm .- The World Congress of Families condemned a “heartless” group which they believe is taking advantage of Spain's economic crisis in creating an “academy of prostitution” in Valencia.

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