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Armenian Caritas, with the support of Catholic Relief Services and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), launched the Immediate Assistance to Displaced Families of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict program in the Ararat region. Food and non-food assistance is provided to help vulnerable households displaced from Nagorno-Krabakh to meet their needs while they figure out what next steps to take amid the uncertain situation.

U.S. bishops call for opening of corridor to allow aid to Armenian Christians 

Sep 8, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The USCCB said in a press release Thursday that recent reports have indicated a “devastating impact” of the blockade of... Read more

Relatives and friends of those killed in six weeks of fighting for control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region visit the Yerablur Military Memorial Cemetery in Yerevan on Sept. 27, 2022, on the second anniversary of the conflict.

‘Religious cleansing’ threatens Armenian Christians’ existence, human rights leaders warn

Jun 21, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s backing, is really slowly strangling” the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, said Sam Brownback, religious freedom ambassador. Read more

Chinese Civil Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng, featured here at a talk at Catholic University of America, will speak at the IRF event July 13-15.

Charter ahead of international summit affirms religious freedom "for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time"

Jun 29, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Ahead of the International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 (IRF Summit), co-chairs Samuel Brownback and Katrina Lantos Swett, along with the... Read more

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


Nigerian Christians facing 'calculated genocide,' Catholic bishop tells Congress

Dec 18, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The world must not ignore the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko told members of Congress... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

US religious liberty ambassador calls out China for using tech to suppress religion

Nov 19, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. will be working against the use of technology to suppress religious minorities, the religious freedom ambassador announced this... Read more

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

US ambassador issues religious freedom warning at UN event

Sep 25, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. religious freedom ambassador has warned against governments using the pandemic to crack down on religious minorities, in remarks... Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China sanctions U.S. religious freedom ambassador over Uyghurs

Jul 13, 2020

Chinese sanctions against Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Sen. Ted Cruz , Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Chris... Read more

US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

State Department warns governments could exploit coronavirus to close churches

Jun 10, 2020

The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom warned on Wednesday that some governments might close houses of worship for good after... 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 ambassadors: Religious groups provide aid where governments cannot 

Oct 3, 2019

By Courtney Mares

U.S. diplomats asked the Holy See to join the multilateral International Religious Freedom Alliance Wednesday, underscoring the contributions of faith-based... 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

Catholic Church of the Saviour also called Xishiku Church or Beitang in Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Via Shutterstock

Religion in China: 'It’s never been worse than it is right now,' Congress hears

Jun 28, 2019

By Matt Hadro

At a congressional hearing on the worldwide persecution of Christians, religious freedom advocates warned Thursday of the plight of Christians... 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

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

US religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs

Jun 11, 2019

Islamic countries should be more vocal in criticizing China's mistreatment of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group, the US ambassador-at-large... Read more

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017.

Religious freedom under attack from ‘new human rights,’ Parolin says

Apr 3, 2019

The Vatican Secretary of State condemned the ongoing abuse of religious freedom in many parts of the world, calling upon... Read more

Sam Brownback.

Brownback says Pakistan willing to improve religious freedom record

Feb 26, 2019

The U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom has applauded Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for showing a... Read more

Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. (public domain)

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback... Read more

Sam Brownback.

Gov. Brownback confirmed as international religious freedom ambassador

Jan 25, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) was narrowly confirmed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Thursday. The Senate voted 49-49,... Read more