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Shackled to the Podium: Remembering the Victims of Chinese Persecution

As the world gathered for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, audiences prepared to embrace the globally forged spirit of competition – a tradition we cherish every four years. However, not since 1980 had the Olympics been such a contentious topic…

Policy Briefing: The Case for Afghan Christians to Receive P-2 Visas

Afghanistan is in the midst of what the UN has called the worst humanitarian crisis in history. Even as over 30 million Afghans face acute or emergency-level food insecurity, the Taliban is going door to door enforcing its fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law…

No Escape: The Growing Persecution of Armenian Christians in America

Armenians have a long history as targets of persecution, hatred, and genocide. Unfortunately, this history continues to repeat itself around the world. Armenia is unique in many ways, though one particularly representative characteristic is the fact that…

No Protest Allowed: A Profile of Nigeria’s Governor El-Rufai and How He Punishes Dissent in Kaduna State

It was within a few minutes of sunset—slated for 6:14 that day—on Christmas Eve 2016 when Fulani militants stormed the village of Goska in central Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The assault didn’t last long, but before disappearing into…

Updated Report: The Voiceless Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2018 Fact­sheet on Blasphemy, roughly one-third of the world’s nations maintain a law…

Secular Sharia?

The notion that Nigeria is a well-intentioned but under-resourced country struggling to contain sectarian violence is woefully incomplete. The Nigerian government may be under-resourced, but…

Persecution Incident Report: China

Summarizing ICC reporting on incidents of persecution in China in the year from Q3 2020 though Q2 2021, this report provides both the big-picture and the granular perspectives…

Turkey’s Overflowing Influence: Religious Freedom Impact

The 2016 coup attempt in Turkey ushered the nation into a new chapter, one which includes a significant emphasis on foreign policy and military expansionism. Countries previously part…

Factsheet: Christian Persecution in Pakistan Q2 2021

Over the months of April, May, and June of 2021, International Christian Concern (ICC) documented 27 incidents of persecution against the Christian community of Pakistan…

India’s Anti-Conversion Laws and Their Effects on the Christian Community

Religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed to all Indian citizens by the country’s constitution and laws. However, the religious freedom rights of India’s religious minorities, including Christians, have been in severe decline…

Brief: Religious Freedom in Algeria

Although the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019 provided an unparalleled opportunity for Algeria to improve its human rights and religious freedom record, the nation has only succeeded in doubling down on repressing its vulnerable Christian minority. COVID-19 posed new challenges…

Caught in the Crossfire: Myanmar’s Christian Minorities Under Tatmadaw Rule

When the Burmese military overthrew Myanmar’s civilian government in February, the international community responded with swift condemnation of the Tatmadaw and vocal support for…

Nagorno-Karabakh: A Humanitarian Perspective

ICC urges the international humanitarian and religious freedom community to further investigate the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Awareness, assistance, and advocacy are the three greatest needs. ICC makes the following humanitarian observations…

Factsheet: Christian Persecution in Pakistan Q1 2021

The first three months of 2021 proved to be another challenging time for Christians in Pakistan. Despite the PTI-led government’s lofty claims of complete religious freedom, the country’s Christian community…

Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria – Q4 2020

With at least 73 incidents of militant violence in the final quarter of 2020, Nigeria continues be one of the most violent nations in the world. The two main aggressors, Boko Haram and Fulani militants…

Updated Report: The Voiceless Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2018 Fact­sheet on Blasphemy, roughly one-third of the world’s nations maintain a law…

Report: The Anatomy of Genocide – Karabakh’s Forty-Four Day War

War erupted in the South Caucasus on 27 September 2020 when Azerbaijan and Turkey launched a joint military operation named Operation Iron Fist into the…

Fellows Brief: Religious Freedom Under President-elect Biden

On November 13, 2020, ICC convened a group of Washington, D.C.-based experts to discuss how best to advance international religious freedom in the upcoming Biden administration.

Report: Turkey – Challenges Facing Christians 2016-2020

This report analyzes how the dynamics of historical revisionism and legal status have impacted Turkey’s Christian community, as well as…

Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria – Q3 2020

Through the first half of 2020, Nigeria suffered a steady number of terrorist attacks and deaths. Nearly every day of [...]

Fellows Brief: Depoliticizing International Religious Freedom

On August 21, 2020 International Christian Concern convened a group of Washington, D.C.-based experts to discuss the importance of advancing [...]

Report: Religious Suppression in China

This report seeks to provide an overview of religious persecution against Chinese Christians in recent years. With this…

Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria Q2 2020

The first three months of 2020 clearly demonstrate that the Nigerian government’s actions have been insufficient to curb the tide of violence, killings, and abductions…

Report: Pandemic and Persecution in the Middle East

The COVID-19 pandemic has initiated global lockdowns, slowing down societies but not religious persecu­tion. In the Middle East, where persecution was once defined by ISIS, the pandemic exposed a transforma­tion…

International Religious Freedom Review | Volume 1 Issue 1

In 2019, International Christian Concern hosted its first ever cohort of nonresident fellows. Each took on the challenge to advance international religious [...]

Brief: Religious Freedom in Algeria

Algeria sits on the brink of change as it comes out from twenty years under the reign of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The new administration has the rare opportunity to address…

Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria Q1 2020

The first three months of 2020 clearly demonstrate that the Nigerian government’s actions have been insufficient to curb the tide of violence, killings, and abductions…

Religious Freedom: An Essential Tool of Statecraft

Earlier this year, International Christian Concern convened a group of Washington D.C.-based experts to discuss the role of international religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy.