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Rep. Chris Smith speaks at an April 2012 press conference.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 18, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the... Read more


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

Aug 7, 2012

In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right... Read more

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Aug 7, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said... Read more

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Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Aug 4, 2012

A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that... Read more

Speaker Boehner greeting Chen Guangcheng.

Congressional leaders support Chinese pro-life activist

Aug 3, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bipartisan leaders of Congress came together in the nation’s capital on Aug. 1 to meet with and offer their support... Read more


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

Jul 31, 2012

The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome... Read more

Pastor Matthew Cork of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California.

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

Jul 15, 2012

Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in... Read more

Jeevaline Kumar addresses Tarika graduates.

Christianity changing lives of India's 'untouchables'

Jul 12, 2012

A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,”... Read more

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear.

Congressman wants ambassador to Vietnam fired over human rights issues

Jul 11, 2012

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, charging that he has... Read more

Hudson Institute senior fellow Nina Shea.

Human rights advocate says Washington Post distorted her views on Islam

Jun 13, 2012

Nina Shea, a prominent Catholic advocate for global religious freedom, says the Washington Post presented her as a “religious bigot”... Read more

Asma Jahangir addresses during the ECOSOC High-Level Segment.

Bishops back Pakistan activist after death threat fears

Jun 8, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Pakistan are giving their “full solidarity and support” to Asma Jahangir, a human rights advocate in... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey welcomes Chen Guangcheng to the United States.

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

May 21, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng and his family have arrived safely in the United States, but reports indicate that his... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith listens to testimony during the May 15, 2012 hearing on the plight of Chen Guangcheng.

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

May 16, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A hearing before a U.S. House subcommittee on human rights discussed the current status of blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng,... Read more


Families reject 'academy of prostitution' in Spain

May 11, 2012

The World Congress of Families condemned a “heartless” group which they believe is taking advantage of Spain's economic crisis in... Read more

Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace listens as Aux Bishop Patrick Lynch of Southwark, England speaks.

Victim of human trafficking praises Vatican conference

May 9, 2012

A young English woman who was forced into a life of prostitution by a human trafficker lauded the Vatican for... Read more