Ambassador for Religious Freedom

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Former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

'You don’t negotiate with evil': Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

May 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt... Read more

U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

US religious freedom ambassador calls for release of prisoners of conscience

Apr 3, 2020

The U.S. religious freedom ambassador on Thursday called on governments to release prisoners of conscience during the new coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Brownback points to Nigeria, China and global spread of religious persecution

Feb 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback has warned that religious persecution is spreading worldwide, and highlighted the... Read more

US Secretary Mike Pompeo and Vatican Secretary Archbishop Paul Gallagher at the Vatican symposium Oct. 2, 2019.

At Vatican, Secretary Mike Pompeo highlights Chinese religious freedom violations 

Oct 2, 2019

By Courtney Mares

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke out Wednesday about China’s religious freedom violations during a visit to the Vatican.  Read more

Sam Brownback speaking at “Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit.”

Bring down 'Iron curtain' of persecution, Religious Freedom Ministerial told

Jul 16, 2019

By Matt Hadro

U.S. leaders called for a worldwide “grassroots” movement to fight religious persecution at a global religious freedom gathering on Tuesday.  Read more

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Iraqi Christians face uncertain future, U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom says

Jun 27, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The security of Christians in Northern Iraq remains “tenuous” and will require close attention in the future, the State Department’s... Read more

Sam Brownback. Public Domain.

Former Senator Sam Brownback tapped for religious freedom ambassador

Jul 27, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas (R) on Wednesday was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next Ambassador at-Large... Read more

Rabbi David Saperstein in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.

New religious freedom official: the time for action is now

Feb 23, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The new U.S. religious freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in... Read more

"David Saperstein World Economic Forum 2013" by World Economic Forum via Flickr  CC BY-SA 2.0

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Jul 28, 2014

By Matt Hadro

While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate... Read more