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USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Minorities in Afghanistan

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom today released the following new report: Afghanistan Factsheet – This report catalogues deteriorating religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country on August 15, 2021. Afghans who do not adhere to the Taliban’s harsh and strict interpretation of Islam, as well as those who follow …

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USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Violations in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya

Shabtabnews – USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Violations in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF (https://uscirf.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4140491c2adff549668e45bcc&id=507ff01382&e=bd32a99346)) today released the following report on religious freedom violations in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Chechnya: Russia Issue Update (https://uscirf.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4140491c2adff549668e45bcc&id=d3cb9f8eed&e=bd32a99346) – The government of Chechnya—a tiny ethnic enclave in the North Caucasus …

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How the Jews of Brooklyn and Chicago Helped Save At-Risk Afghans

Iranwire – Last August, just as many Americans were preoccupied with their summer holidays, the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan precipitated a human catastrophe: the rapid fall of the Afghan government and coming to power of the Taliban, a brutal terrorist organization now in charge of a country. While the US and many other countries accelerated an official rescue …

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USCIRF Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks on Shi’a Mosques in Afghanistan

Shabtabnews – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks on the Imam Barga Mosque in Kandahar today and Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz last Friday. USCIRF urges the Biden administration to expand its Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their family members to include …

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Tajikistan’s Inhumane Treatment of Religious Prisoner Indicative of Deteriorating Religious Freedom Conditions

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is alarmed by the government of Tajikistan’s treatment of 70-year-old Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov, who is serving an excessively harsh prison sentence for alleged extremism for peacefully practicing his faith and reportedly worsening in health especially without proper medical attention. This treatment further demonstrates why the U.S. Department of State should …

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New Letter to President Biden on P2 Refugee Status for Religious Minorities

Shabtabnews – The Inter religious Freedom Roundtable writes a letter to President Biden on Emergency Protection and Evacuation of Afghan Religious Minorities/Sanctioning Taliban . The letter requests safeguarding of vulnerable religious minorities: Shia Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Hindus, specific steps to assist non-governmental organizations in the evacuation and Bahais, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and others. 2021-9-1-Letter-to-President-Biden-FinalDownload 2021-9-8-Letter-to-G20-Interfaith-Forum-3Download

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Establishing the Senate Human Rights Commission

Shabtabnews – In a letter to the chairman and ranking member Risch, a number of US senators requested an establishment of a Senate Human Rights Commission, by stating that: ” The adoption of this resolution would establish a nonpartisan platform for Senators to take action on matters regarding international human rights. “ For full text of letter see below: Establishing-the-Senate-Human-Rights-Commission-August-2021Download

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Iran continues to be rocked by protests, and the COVID crisis

nufdiran.org – Iran continues to be rocked by protests, the COVID crisis caused by Khamenei’s ban of the American and British vaccines, and the inauguration of the criminal Ebrahim Raisi as the Islamic Republic’s new president.The people of Iran are suffering under unimaginable pressure from the regime and its brutality. At NUFDI, we are doing everything we can to bring …

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2021 USCIRF Releases New Report on Iran’s Escalation of Religious Repression

Shabtabnews – USCIRF today released the following new country update highlighting the government of Iran’s escalation of religious repression in 2021: Iran Country Update provides information about religious freedom conditions in Iran. It documents recent religious freedom violations against Baha’is, Christians, Sunnis, Sufis, and Yarsanis. The report notes two recent amendments to Iran’s Penal Code, making it easier for the …

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