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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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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Former Senator Sam Brownback tapped for religious freedom ambassador

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