Throughout the world, religious believers are persecuted because of their faith.
According to the BBC, over a million Turkic Uighurs are detained in concentration camps, prisons and forced labour factories in China. The Yazidis and Christians of Iraq are still recovering from genocide at the hands of Daesh (ISIS), where Yazidi women were sold into sex slavery in open marketplaces.
We invite you to the virtual launch of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World report, which assesses the extent that the core human right of religious freedom is upheld in 196 countries, every country on earth.
More than two years in the making, the report is the only global study on religious freedom that is not produced by, or for, a government. We are pleased to have guest speakers from across the world joining us for this event.
Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, former UN special rapporteur for religious freedom, has described the report as a “source of hope” for people around the world suffering because of their faith.
The event will livestream on YouTube and will be available on this page, beginning at 6pm on 20th April. This report itself will be available for download from the 20th April onwards. You do not have to register to watch the event but we have the option here to register for an event reminder.
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OUR GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Archbishop Nathanael Nizar Semaan of Hadiab, Erbil.
Ordained as Archbishop of Hadiab, Erbil in August 2019, Archbishop Semaan has overseen the recovery of the Christians there who suffered the horrific genocide at the hands of Daesh (ISIS).
Brendan O’Hara, SNP MP for Argyll and Bute.
MP for Argyll and Bute since 2015, Brendan O’Hara is a long-time friend and supporter of ACN who visited Lebanon in 2019 and saw first-hand the suffering of Iraqi and Syrian Christians at the hands of Daesh (ISIS).
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Bishop Doeme was ordained bishop of Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria in August 2009, with the diocese often at the heart of Boko Haram’s violent campaign, with one massacre in November 2020 killing 110.
Afzal Khan, Labour MP for Gorton, Manchester.
In 2005, Afzal Khan became the first Muslim Lord Mayor of Manchester and was appointed CBE in 2008 for his race relations work. Labour MP for Gorton since 2017, he is an outspoken critic of the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims.
Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley.
Alexander Stafford was voted in as Conservative MP for Rother Valley in 2019, the first Conservative to be elected for the seat. He has a long-held interest in the plight of Christians in the Middle East.