21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

21st Century Wilberforce Initiative 21Wilberforce is a Christian organization working to defend and expand freedom of belief globally. 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative champions religious freedom, the bedrock of human rights protection.
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In the 19th Century, British parliamentarian William Wilberforce led a slave abolition movement that sparked revival. His model - education to raise religious and political awareness, policy engagement, and collaborative partnerships - provides a powerful roadmap to address religious freedom in the 21st century. We use advocacy, education and technology to urge people of all faiths to stand for religious freedom and against persecution. Visit 21wilberforce.org

Mission: 21Wilberforce is a Christian organization working to defend and expand freedom of belief globally.

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International Religious Freedom (IRF) Day, October 27, 2020, marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Internatio...
10/27/2020

International Religious Freedom (IRF) Day, October 27, 2020, marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). IRFA sought to make religious freedom a priority in U.S. foreign policy.

Learn more at: https://21wfreedom.center/library/irf-act/

Tomorrow, OCTOBER 27th, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), l...
10/26/2020

Tomorrow, OCTOBER 27th, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation that – for the first time – made promoting and defending international religious freedom a specific focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Read more about the IRF Act here: https://21wfreedom.center/library/irf-act/

10/23/2020
International Day of Prayer

The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer. Join us this year on 1st and 8th November as we unite globally to pray for the persecuted.

The Cameroonian government uses the term Boko Haram to refer loosely to the Nigerian jihadist group of the same name, as...
10/20/2020
Cameroon Closes Schools as Boko Haram Suicide Bombings Increase

The Cameroonian government uses the term Boko Haram to refer loosely to the Nigerian jihadist group of the same name, as well as the breakaway Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group.

Boko Haram launched its insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 before spilling over into neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroon-closes-schools-boko-haram-suicide-bombings-increase

Cameroon says it has again closed more than 60 schools on its northern border with Nigeria to save children and teaching staff from increasing Boko Haram attacks. The central African state has deployed its military to teach displaced children in locations they say are safe.

Emerging Leaders 2020 is a wrap!Nine college students interested in promoting and protecting international religious fre...
10/15/2020

Emerging Leaders 2020 is a wrap!

Nine college students interested in promoting and protecting international religious freedom met virtually for six weeks followed by a four day intensive that concluded with two teams collaborating and presenting advocacy campaigns.

Thanks to the following speakers: Pamela Tsai, USCIRF Commissioners Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, USCIRF staff Thomas Kraemer and Scott Weiner, Ambassador David Saperstein, IRF Roundtable Managing Co-Chair Greg Mitchell, Naomi Kikoler, Dir. Holocaust Museum's Center for Genocide Prevention, Sarah Seitz, LD in the U.S. Senate, Rachel Wagley, LD in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 21Wilberforce staff.

(Washington-Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted near unanimously to pass legislation to restrict...
09/23/2020
With New State Department Web Page, US Ramps up Emphasis on China’s Xinjiang Abuses

(Washington-Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted near unanimously to pass legislation to restrict imports of goods made using forced labor from China, as lawmakers look to address the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang region.The Democratic-led House passed the measure by 406 to 3.There was no immediate word on when the measure might be taken up by the Senate

The U.S.-China battle of the narratives over Xinjiang continues to heat up.

USCIRF Urges Administration to Increase Refugee Resettlement CeilingThe United States Commission on International Religi...
09/22/2020

USCIRF Urges Administration to Increase Refugee Resettlement Ceiling

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today reiterated its recommendation that the U.S. government commit to resettling 95,000 vulnerable refuges in the United States in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, including survivors of religious persecution.

In honor of IGE's 20th Anniversary, theirhandbook "International Religious Freedom Advocacy" is being offered at 30% off...
09/20/2020

In honor of IGE's 20th Anniversary, their
handbook "International Religious Freedom Advocacy" is being offered at 30% off! Enter code “17AARSBL20” at BaylorPress.com, and you will get 30% off PLUS free US shipping! #IGETurns20 #ReligiousFreedomMatters

Conditional release of "Prisoners of Conscience" requires submission of property deeds ensuring their guarantors are hel...
09/15/2020
Eritrea: Conditional release of 27 Christian prisoners

Conditional release of "Prisoners of Conscience" requires submission of property deeds ensuring their guarantors are held liable for their future actions.

CSW is a human rights organisation specialising in freedom of religion or belief, and as Christians we stand with all those facing injustice because of their religion or belief.

Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Co. and its subsidiaries use prison labor (Uyghurs) to produce cotton. The U.S. is Chi...
09/14/2020
U.S. Bars Some China Xinjiang Firms on Alleged Abuse; Plans More

Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Co. and its subsidiaries use prison labor (Uyghurs) to produce cotton. The U.S. is China's biggest purchaser of cotton.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-08/u-s-weighs-barring-products-with-cotton-from-china-s-xinjiang

The Trump administration said it has banned imports from three companies in the Xinjiang region of China over Beijing’s alleged repression of the Uighur Muslim minority group, and it plans to add curbs on six more firms and target cotton, textiles and tomatoes from the area.

Today, 50,000 Cuban doctors' wages are stolen and families held captive; over 2.6 million North Koreans live slavery or ...
09/12/2020
Victims of Communism | Keep the flame of liberty alive

Today, 50,000 Cuban doctors' wages are stolen and families held captive; over 2.6 million North Koreans live slavery or are exported by the regime to work abroad; and 40-50 million Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities have been sent to forced labor camps since the Chinese Communist Party's founding.

Communism is the world's worst perpetrator of forced labor. No matter when it occurs, where it occurs, or what form it takes, join us in standing to condemn forced labor and call for its abolition.

Learn more at
https://VictimsofCommunism.org

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is an educational, research, and human rights nonprofit organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to pursuing the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.

Celebrating the birthday of our namesake, William Wilberforce.William Wilberforce's greatest political achievement was h...
08/25/2020

Celebrating the birthday of our namesake, William Wilberforce.

William Wilberforce's greatest political achievement was his long fight to end Britain's involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. ... Wilberforce achieved the Suppression of the Slave Trade, with the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Bill, in 1807.

On May 22nd, 2020, Pastor Sohail Latif Sandhu, his wife, and their five children lay asleep in their humble Karachi home...
08/18/2020

On May 22nd, 2020, Pastor Sohail Latif Sandhu, his wife, and their five children lay asleep in their humble Karachi home. Local Pakistani authorities burst into the house without warning and dragged Sohail away.

Reports indicate that Pastor Sohail is suffering from fever and related illness as he languishes in a Pakistani prison. He has yet to have a bond hearing, with his first such opportunity scheduled on August 20th.

Join the effort to advocate for Pastor Sohail.

https://www.samaf.org/index.php/2020/08/16/a-moment-of-reckoning/

Over 200 organizations hope to shine a light on communist China's abuses in Xinjiang and #EndUyghurForcedLabour.Virtuall...
07/28/2020

Over 200 organizations hope to shine a light on communist China's abuses in Xinjiang and #EndUyghurForcedLabour.

Virtually the entire apparel industry is tainted by forced Uyghur and Turkic Muslim labor.

"Global brands need to ask themselves how comfortable they are contributing to a genocidal policy against the Uyghur people. These companies have somehow managed to avoid scrutiny for complicity in that very policy – this stops today,” said Omer Kanat, Executive Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

The Chinese government has rounded up an estimated 1 to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim people in detention and forced-labour camps, the largest interment of an ethnic and religious minority since World War II. A central element of the government’s strategy to dominate the Uyghur people is a vast system of forced labour, affecting factories and farms across the region and China, both inside and beyond the internment camps.

Here is a sampling of companies connected to forced Uyghur labor.

Don’t miss this virtual conversation on Tuesday, July 28th at 9am ET
07/27/2020
Advancing International Religious Freedom

Don’t miss this virtual conversation on Tuesday, July 28th at 9am ET

Join USIP as we host the honorary co-chairs of the National Prayer Breakfast, Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY). As two of the leading advocates for religious freedom in the world, the congressmen will share their experiences advancing issues of international religious freedom in...

The Promises and Limits of Religious Freedom covered in this free online one hour session July 23rd. Click on the photo ...
07/20/2020
Navigating Freedom in a Multi-Religious Democracy (Session 2)

The Promises and Limits of Religious Freedom covered in this free online one hour session July 23rd. Click on the photo to register.

The world of work brings young professionals into environments that are more diverse than ever before. Religious diversity is one of the workplace realities that both challenge and reward those exp…

07/18/2020
Nearly three years ago, the Rohingya fled systematic violence on their doorstep in Myanmar. But the world has yet to hol...
07/16/2020
Call It Genocide — Refugees International

Nearly three years ago, the Rohingya fled systematic violence on their doorstep in Myanmar. But the world has yet to hold Myanmar accountable.

We're pushing for @SecPompeo to call Myanmar's crimes against the Rohingya genocide. Sign the petition today

https://www.refugeesinternational.org/call-it-genocide

Almost three years ago, Myanmar’s soldiers targeted, killed, and raped Rohingya and burned their villages, as the United Nations, Refugees International, the U.S. State Department itself, and many others have documented. Nearly 800,000 Rohingya refugees fled the genocidal violence. Now, the ro...

Calling for the 2022 Olympic Games to be moved out of “a country that is perpetuating a genocide against its Muslim popu...
07/15/2020
Opinion | What’s happening in Hong Kong and Xinjiang prove that China doesn’t deserve the Olympics

Calling for the 2022 Olympic Games to be moved out of “a country that is perpetuating a genocide against its Muslim population and stripping away the civil liberties of Hong Kongers.”

People wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. The coronavirus pandemic led organizer to postpone the 2020 Summer Games until next year. (Jae C. Hong/AP)July 14, 2020 at 5:40 PM EDTRegarding the July 7 editorial “What’s happening in Xinjiang is genocide....

Nepal’s Government Actively Targets Religious MinoritiesGovernment authorities and media outlets in Nepal are utilizing ...
07/13/2020

Nepal’s Government Actively Targets Religious Minorities

Government authorities and media outlets in Nepal are utilizing the global COVID-19 pandemic as a cover for the arbitrary arrests and denial of fundamental rights of religious minorities.

Read our joint report to the UN at:
https://bit.ly/2ZrSuUK

Don’t miss this online Film Festival that will showcase women international filmmakers who promote freedom of religion a...
07/10/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Film Festival & Awards. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Don’t miss this online Film Festival that will showcase women international filmmakers who promote freedom of religion and belief (Saturday, August 1).

Filmmakers hail from #Iran ,#Afghanistan, #Jordan,#Tunisia,#India #Lebanon.

Join online and show your support! Here is the registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOqprDwrGdKmp91XKV1MfS2o5ZVnnQkc

Join us for the 2020 Empower Women Media Film Festival and Awards cosponsored with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. The short films are artful and compelling explorations of the impact of freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) in the workplace and community. Whether inspired by real-life....

Rigal was arrested with his wife, Ayda Expósito, in April 2019. He was serving a two-year sentence and was scheduled to ...
07/08/2020
Cuba Releases Homeschooling Pastor from Prison, Journalist Still Jailed for Reporting on Religious Freedom

Rigal was arrested with his wife, Ayda Expósito, in April 2019. He was serving a two-year sentence and was scheduled to be released in 2021. It is unclear why he was granted early release, however the government has released thousands of prisoners in recent months to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has announced that Cuba's communist regime has released Pastor Ramón Rigal from prison.

07/03/2020

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21Wilberforce is a human rights organization dedicated to defending people of faith internationally. Our vision is to empower people of faith to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge religious repression, and expand religious freedom globally. As global religious freedom advocates, 21Wilberforce equips persecuted groups and their leaders through:

-Policy reforms and prisoner release initiative

-Network mobilization - connecting grassroots to high-level advocacy

-Leadership and advocacy training

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