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07/12/2021 Washington DC (International Christian Concern) – This week, government and NGO leaders, policy experts, and religious figures are gathering in Washington, D.C. to convene the first ever International Religious Freedom Summit. The three-day summit will feature speakers from all faith communities advocating for religious freedom around the globe.

Persecution is on the rise and the religious freedom in general is declining dramatically in many regions around the world. The Chinese Communist Party continues inventing new ways to clamp down on religious minorities throughout the country. North Korea is continuing to oppress Christians, sending them to forced labor and prison camps. Fulani militants across sub-Saharan Africa continue to attack predominantly Christian farming communities in countries like Nigeria. Radical Muslim extremists have massacred Christians throughout the Middle East over the last decade and continue to suppress Christian communities. Muslim extremists in Pakistan use their infamous blasphemy law to discriminate against Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious minorities throughout the country.

Christians and other religious minorities are facing real persecution around the world, and the 2021 IRF Summit will bring light to these realities and challenge people to become involved by becoming part of the movement to change these realities for persecuted people.

The Summit will host a number of side events convened by the individual Summit stakeholders, further highlighting the plight of their various faith communities.

“The 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit is the first of its kind and will be an excellent opportunity for likeminded organizations to link arms and press for the rights of persecuted Christians and other religious communities and to help ensure religious freedom for everyone, everywhere, all the time,” said Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern.

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