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The Cry of Iraq’s Christians Heard in Front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

“France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint [...]

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Religious Freedom Report Highlights Discrimination in Egypt’s Judiciary

According to the report, Egypt’s religious minorities, 10 percent of which are Christian, and 1 percent Shia, as well as small groups of Quranists, Ahmadi Muslims, fewer than 100 Jews, up to [...]

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President Obama Nominates Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

After leaving the post vacant for nine months, President Obama has finally nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to the post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. If confirmed, [...]

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All 45 Christian Institutions in Mosul Destroyed or Occupied By ISIS

The following is the complete list of the Christian institutions in Mosul, grouped by denomination. Syriac Catholic Church: 1. Syrian Catholic Diocese – Maidan Neighborhood, Mosul 2. The [...]

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The People of “Nouwn”: Christians Under Siege in Iraq

Christians fleeing north for their lives were told by the fighters identifying themselves as the army of the Islamic state that they had four choices: Convert to Islam, pay a Jizya tax and live [...]

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Who Can Save Iraq’s Last Christians

By mid-July, it was accompanied by another statement, painted in black, “Property of the Islamic State.” And with that, the Christians found their worst fears confirmed. On July 19, ISIS, the [...]

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Remarks on the Egypt Portion of the International Religious Freedom Report

  This week the State Department issued its annual International Religious Freedom Report for the year 2013, which details the status of religious freedom in each of 195 countries throughout [...]

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EgyptSection of U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

The 2012 constitution, in effect until its suspension on July 3, stipulated “freedom of belief is an inviolable right,” but only guaranteed the freedom to perform religious rituals for adherents [...]

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Executive Summary of U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

In Syria, as in much of the Middle East, the Christian presence is becoming a shadow of its former self. After three years of civil war, hundreds of thousands fled the country desperate to escape [...]

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Last Christian Left Mosul After 2,000 Years

Yacub, 70, was one of the few Christians remaining beyond last Saturday’s noon deadline. He may have even been the last to leave alive. “[A] fighter said, ‘I have orders to kill you [...]