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Understanding Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

Petitions

Petitions are designed to support victims of persecution and to shed light on the evil that countries do to believers overseas.

Congressional Briefings

Briefings ensure that Congressional members and staff are aware of issues and strategies in regards to persecution cases so they can act to help the persecuted.

Hearings

We work behind the scenes in Congress to move members to hold Congressional hearings on countries with poor religious freedom records. Hearings represent the highest possible pressure on nations that are restricting the religious freedoms of their people.

Letters

Congressional letters are official letters signed by multiple members on a particular issue of concern. Evil likes to operate in secret. Imagine how national leaders feel when they receive a letter signed by multiple members of Congress regarding their government’s mistreatment and persecution of Christians.

Legislation

By influencing legislation and policy, ICC can secure direct assistance and relief for persecuted victims and the continued existence of government bodies that focus on religious freedom.

Congressional Testimony

In May of 2014, radical Hindu, Narendra Modi, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in India. Emboldened by the political victory, Hindu fundamentalists with close ties to the BJP began escalating attacks on Christians around the country.

 

India Petition

In 2008, the murder of a Hindu religious leader in India set off a spate of violent attacks on Christian villages in the state of Odisha, attacks that left thousands homeless. Looking for a culprit, police arrested a number of Christian men at random and accused them of the murder. A radical communist group came forward and claimed responsibility for the killing, but by that point, the government could not lose face for arresting the wrong men, and radical Hindu groups wanted to keep the Christians locked up regardless.

Now, almost 10 years later, seven of those men are still behind bars after receiving a life sentence for their “crimes” in 2013. The hearing of their appeal continues to be postponed by the Odisha High Court, despite strong evidence circulating regarding their innocence.
ICC needs your help as we call on the government of India to release these seven innocent men and allow them to return to their families once and for all. Will you join us?
Sign Petition

Mexico

In 2015, Christian Solidarity Worldwide invited ICC to a joint on-the-ground investigation into reports of persecution in Chiapas, Mexico where they had great depth and experience. The visit confirmed that thousands of individuals had been displaced because of religious hostility and many were being illegally arrested. Soon after, ICC’s advocacy team launched a new effort to raise awareness on Capitol Hill and to call on the Mexican government to address the problem.

Current Initiatives

H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Emergency Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, provides crucial humanitarian relief and support for Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by ISIS.

Meriam Ibrahim

On Mother’s Day 2014, Sudanese Christian, Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to one-hundred lashes and death by hanging unless she renounced her Christian faith in three days. When she refused, she was imprisoned along with her 20-month-old son and condemned to death.

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