The United States Senate unanimously agrees that religious freedom and economic development must be correlated in any future trade deals the U.S. government pursues. Last week, the Senate voted 92-0 to amend the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), calling on the government to “weigh a nation’s religious freedom picture when conducting trade deals.”
The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 (HR 1150) was passed by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and International Organizations. The bipartisan bill, authored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) with the lead co-sponsorship of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would give the Administration and the State Department new tools, resources and training to help counter extremism and the growing persecution of religious minorities globally.
The undersigned organizations and individuals sent the following letter to Egypt’s Attorney General:
I am writing to ask you take a few minutes to take action on behalf of Mohammed Hegazi. He is being detained in prison as I write this and has a court date scheduled on December, 28th. We know that he has been beaten, and is being detained on charges that are spurious, and in one instance, beyond the statute of limitations.
The testimonies collected reveal that ISIS seeks to subjugate civilians under its control and dominate every aspect of their lives through terror, indoctrination, and the provision of services to those who obey.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.