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Throughout the world, Christians are wrongfully harassed and discriminated against because of their beliefs. This persecution is often state sanctioned or carried out with impunity by militant groups. In many countries, Christians are under constant threat of death, detention, harassment, or imprisonment.

In Pakistan last year, as many as 100 properties were burned in a Christian neighborhood when the area was targeted by a mob. Christians in that country are frequently attacked and face terrible discrimination. In Nigeria, Christian communities have been targeted repeatedly by Islamic extremists, with hundreds of innocents killed because of their personal belief systems. And in China hundreds of Christians have been detained and imprisoned as the government continues to shut down "illegal" churches.

And as you read this, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, languishes in Iran's infamous Evin prison for the crime of sharing his faith while engaged in ecumenical social work activities, including building orphanages.

The United States Center on International Religious Freedom and the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom support protecting all people of faith from discrimination and harassment.

Sign the petition: Urge U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to continue to work with USCIRF and the IRF to make protection of persecuted Christians a top priority.

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TO: The Honorable John Kerry:

First, we wish to thank you for your support of International of Rights and Freedoms cases such as that of Mr. Saeed Abedini, however there are other locations where religious and personal freedoms are being infringed upon by state and local governments and rogue militant groups.

The United States Center on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom have repeatedly identified Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia – among many other countries - as a particularly severe violators of religious freedoms due to the systematic, ongoing and egregious violations that the government both perpetrates and tolerates. Not only is religious freedom an internationally recognized human right, according to the USCIRF, "religious freedom is associated with vibrant political democracy, rising economic and social progress, diminished violence, and greater stability."

In keeping with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, we ask that you call these and other countries to order; to cease and desist from these cruel and oppressive acts against the personal and religious freedoms of their citizens. Encouraging religious freedom should be considered a vital U.S interest.

Petition Signatures

Sep 21, 2017 Bob Brucker
Sep 21, 2017 Dianna Brown
Sep 21, 2017 Gayle Goedhart
Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 Allen Chessmore
Sep 15, 2017 Janet Magdaleno
Aug 24, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Aug 21, 2017 Gregory Anderson
Aug 18, 2017 Gladys Carp
Aug 14, 2017 Diane Czar
Aug 10, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques
Aug 6, 2017 Becky Jones
Aug 3, 2017 Corinne Kissell
Jul 15, 2017 Robert McDaniel This is a giant MUST. Please help
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 4, 2017 c. martinez
Jul 4, 2017 Cheryl Young
Jul 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2017 leonard bildstein They are so concerned about the Muslims who prey on the christians,but do nothing to help the christians !
Jun 30, 2017 Stephanie Branom
Jun 14, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Jun 11, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Jun 11, 2017 KAREN Kesner
Jun 10, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Baker
Jun 10, 2017 Dean OBrien
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 4, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 21, 2017 susan chapman
May 20, 2017 Geraldine Rondeau
May 20, 2017 Nichole Rizzico
May 18, 2017 Kelly Louis god rules
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 Sandrine STAMM
Apr 18, 2017 Andrea Adaway
Apr 16, 2017 Cara Schmidt
Apr 16, 2017 Lora Hamman It's so sad that these countries and militant groups are murderous thugs just because somebody believes a different way.
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 María Galarce
Apr 10, 2017 Sylvain-Paul Côté
Apr 9, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 9, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Apr 3, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 28, 2017 Sandra Hazenberg

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