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Religious Freedom Internationally
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Our primary responsibility as Christians is to worship God and obey him. Obedience to God includes following biblical teaching to pray and worship with other Christians, and to speak to others about our faith. We are to remember those who are persecuted for their faith. "Remember me in my chains," pleads the apostle Paul in Colossians 4:18.

The Issue

People are persecuted for religious beliefs and practices around the world, whether they are Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu or other. In today's world the largest group of people being persecuted for their faith are Christians. More than 200 million people in over 60 nations are being denied their basic human rights because of their Christian faith. The main reason for this persecution is the rapid growth of Christianity in countries where human rights are being violated or do not exist.

Use the hyperlinks at right to view country profiles, religious liberty alerts and other detailed resources.

Religious Liberty Commission

The EFC's Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) is comprised of Christians representative of the broad spectrum of the evangelical community in Canada who share a commitment to promoting freedom of religion, as defined by Articles 18‑20 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, for all worldwide. The RLC believes that religious liberty is a God‑ordained, fundamental and inalienable human right of every human being irrespective of colour, race, nationality or religion. The Commission monitors and responds to violations of religious freedom around the world, with priority given to Christians but also with concern for the rights of Jews, Muslims, Hindus and other faith groups. The Commission also sends out monthly prayer alerts, informing subscribers of current human rights sitations we are monitoring and encouraging the public to write to politicians in Canada or overseas about specific situations.


Issue: Persecuted

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Religious Liberty Alerts
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Country Profiles

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Related Issue: Religious Freedom in Canada

Helpful Links

World Evangelical Alliance

International Day of Prayer (IDOP)

Voice of the Martyrs Canada

Compass Direct

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Human Rights Watch

Freedom House

US Commission for Human Rights

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