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Europe: EU ‘must do more’ to stop religious freedom abuses

Violations increasing and intensifying, says Parliamentary report

World: European Parliament Intergroup presents its first Freedom of Religion or Belief World Report

The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance (EP Intergroup on FoRB & RT) presented its first Annual Report on the 'State of Freedom of Religion or Belie...

World: Day of Missionary Martyrs: 1,062 missionaries killed in the world from 1980 to 2014

On March 24, we celebrate the "Day of Prayer and Fasting in Memory of the Missionary Martyrs", promoted by the Youth Movement of the Pontifical Mission Societies, on the anniversary of the assassinati...

World: In Prison for their Religion or Belief

20 countries imprison individuals for exercising basic rights guaranteed under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration, according to the Annual Report of Human Rights Without Frontiers

Europe: Five facts about religious hostilities in Europe

While Europe is not the region with the highest level of religious hostilities - that remains the Middle East-North Africa region - harassment and attacks against religious minorities continue in many...

World: Latest trends in religious restrictions and hostilities worldwide

Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, but roughly a quarter of the world's countries are still grappling with hig...

World: In Prison for their Faith: Mapping 20 Countries - a report of Human Rights Without Frontiers Int'l

North Korea, China and Iran - top three countries massively arresting and imprisoning believers in 2014

World: Hate campaigns target atheists, humanists and liberals as distinct minority

This is a guest post from Bob Churchill, communications director for the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

World: Blasphemy Laws: OPEN LETTER to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

We wish first to congratulate you on your appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. We wish you all success in encouraging compliance by UN members with their international hum...

World: Freedom of religion, belief must be protected in workplace says UN expert

United Nations human rights expert Heiner Bielefeldt has told the U.N. General Assembly that freedom to express one's religion or belief without discrimination should be protected in the employment ar...

Religious Freedom: Religious Freedom An Asset To An Economy's Bottom Line (Investors, Op/Ed – USCIRF, mh)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - August 29, 2014

Religious Freedom: Global religious hot spots get their own U.S. envoy (Religion News Service)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - August 21, 2014

Religious Freedom: Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? (NYT – Op/Ed)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - August 20, 2014

Human Rights: For U.N. Leader on Human Rights, Finish Line Looks Blurry (NYT)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - August 14, 2014

Al-Qaeda: Fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates to join Islamic St ate, U.S. officials say (WP)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - August 11, 2014