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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.

 

Pakistani Sewer Workers Petition

The Pakistani government must immediately cease its discriminatory hiring practices aimed at religious minorities and the often deadly working conditions facing its sewer workers. ICC and other organizations have noted how Christians, Hindus, and other religious minorities are specifically being targeted to accept jobs with Pakistan’s dangerous sewer maintenance crews. Despite accounting for less than 2% of the population, Christians make up over 80% of all sewer workers in Pakistan and these dangerous conditions have already killed six Christian workers this year.
 
Time for Action
Pakistan’s discriminatory policies not only seek out cheap Christian labor for these dangerous tasks, but do little, if anything, to ensure workers’ safety.  Uneducated Pakistani Christians find themselves with a desperate choice to make in a country that is openly hostile to their faith. It is unconscionable that any government would force a person to decide between risking their lives in the sewers or risk losing their only source of income.
How You Can Help
ICC is putting the spotlight on this hidden corner of Christian persecution in South Asia. The Pakistani government can no longer treat its Christian community as a disposable resource for its most dangerous tasks. 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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