“Incessant killing more dangerous than Coronavirus”: report on Nigeria to UK Parliament

June 24th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Women in the aftermath of violence in Agatu, Benue, Nigeria in February 2016. “The incessant killing is more dangerous than Coronavirus” …The words of a community leader in central Nigeria – after coronavirus had reached his country – after an April attack in which nine people died, including a pregnant woman and her three year old. His reaction is one of several testimonies – frequently harrowing to read, let alone to have experienced – that …Read More

Exclusive: Man Tried To Share His Regrets About Transgender Life. YouTube Censored It

June 24th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

By Emily Jashinsky ‘Our hate speech policy prohibits videos which assert that someone’s sexuality or gender identity is a disease or a mental illness,’ YouTube said in a statement. Information provided exclusively to The Federalist shows YouTube removed a Heritage Foundation video featuring testimony from a former transgender-identifying woman for violating the company’s hate speech policy. YouTube confirmed the decision in a Thursday email to The Federalist. Now Heritage is fighting back with a new …Read More

Religious persecution is engulfing the world

June 19th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

By Arielle Del Turco, Op-ed Contributor | Thursday, June 18, 2020 Believers in many countries face severe challenges, according to the State Department’s annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released last week. Religious freedom conditions in China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, and many other countries fail to meet basic international human rights standards. This led Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to decry the “great darkness over parts of the world where people of faith are persecuted …Read More

Religious Freedom Lessons from COVID-19 Disputes

June 16th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

After almost three months of COVID-19-related closures, thousands of congregations of all faiths can gather again in person because state or local orders have expired or relaxed. The situation is complex. Congregations still face restrictions like size limits or social distancing rules; in some places, the restrictions remain severe. Out of safety concerns, many congregations that are free to gather will stay online. And a surge in cases in some places is causing communities to …Read More

ADF International Executive Director Reflects on Religious Freedom in Europe Today

June 16th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

‘We see more cases year on year, and this is, in part, because Christians are becoming more aware of what’s happening.’ K.V. Turley One of the major challenges all governments face is to keep freedom and security in balance, a particularly trying task during times of crisis, such as the current pandemic. From its Vienna headquarters, Executive Director Paul Coleman oversees the advocacy and operations of the global alliance-building legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom International …Read More

China’s ‘repression against all religions continues to intensify’, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says as report devotes section to Xinjiang’s Uygurs

June 16th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

The US State Department released a blistering assessment of China’s treatment of groups in a report on religious freedom This year’s paper marked the second time the report has devoted a stand-alone section on Xinjiang Owen Churchill in Washington, DC Published: 5:03am, 11 Jun, 2020  Updated: 5:36am, 11 Jun, 2020 Why you can trust SCMP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: …Read More

COVID-19: UN criticised for promoting abortion as an ‘essential service’

June 16th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

A senior US official has criticised the United Nations for using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to promote abortion as an ‘essential service’. John Barsa, head of the US Agency for International Development, told the UN to remove all references to “sexual and reproductive health” in its Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 (HRP). Barsa said: “Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, …Read More

COVID-19 arrests for religious gatherings in Chile

June 10th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Summary Emergency measures filed with Inter American Commission on Human Rights Human rights experts see no legal basis for prosecution SANTIAGO DE CIHLE (9 June 2020) – ADF International filed a request for emergency cautionary measures with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights regarding the arrest and ongoing prosecution of Christian pastors for allegedly violating the COVID-19 health measures. Currently, there is no blanket ban of religious services and gatherings, only measures on how …Read More

Desperate Christians trading faith for food in corona crisis – human rights lawyer

June 4th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

A policeman stands guard outside St John’s Cathedral Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.Reuters Some Christians in Pakistan have been left so desperate by the coronavirus crisis that they are converting to Islam in exchange for food, a human rights lawyer has said. The lawyer, named only as Aneeqa A, a partner of ADF International, said that Christians were being denied emergency food aid in the pandemic. “People have become so desperate that they are forced to …Read More

Two cases show that religious freedom is dwindling in Europe

June 4th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

By Andrea Gagliarducci European Parliament in Strasbourg / Credit: Alan Holdren / CNA Conscientious objection and freedom of expression are under threat in Europe, as shown by two legal cases that made news last March. On March 12, the European Court for Human Rights declared “inadmissible” the application by two Swedish midwives who had refused to commit abortions. At the end of March, news broke that a member of the Finnish Parliament and former minister …Read More