Around the globe, millions of people suffer human rights violations every day due to their religious beliefs and identities. Countless members of religious groups are subject to violence and abuse, including Catholics and Falon Gong in China, Jews in Hungary, Bahá'ís in Egypt, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Hare Krishnas in Russia, Shia and Sufi Muslims in Iran, and Ahmaddiya Muslims in Pakistan.
More people were killed in the 20th century for their religious beliefs than in all previous 19 centuries combined. This staggering reality of harassment and repression is a call for those of us who are free to practice our faiths not only to speak but also to act on behalf of those who face tyranny, discrimination, disenfranchisement and alienation solely because of their personal beliefs.
From women fined for wearing veils in France to Jehovah’s Witnesses banned from practicing their faith in Russia; from Ahmadiyya Muslims imprisoned in Pakistan to Muslims tortured in Uzbekistan; from converts from Islam punished by death in Afghanistan to persecuted Baha’is in Iran; religious and spiritual believers and non-believers face greater hardships and threats to their lives than ever before in world history.
Join us in our mission to ensure freedom of religion as the foundation for security, stability, and democracy around the globe. Together, we can make things better for the next generation.