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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.

 

Indonesia Imprisoned Christian Petition

Tell the Government of Indonesia to Release Martinus Gulo Who Was Imprisoned for Blasphemy
The Republic of Indonesia must immediately and unconditionally release Martinus Gulo, a 21-year-old Christian who was sentenced to four years in prison and issued a fine of 1 billion Rupiah (approximately 68,914 USD) for religious defamation. He will have to serve an additional six months in jail if he cannot afford to pay the fine.

Mr. Gulo was found guilty of blasphemy due to a Facebook post that insulted the prophet Muhammad under Indonesia’s controversial Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) law. His arrest took place in March after the hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) reported his online post to the police.

Time for Action
Mr. Gulo’s sentence is an inhumane violation of universal human rights and only emboldens Indonesia’s radical Muslims to abuse the poorly worded hate speech law to discriminate against the country’s religious minorities. It is time for the Indonesian government to stand up for persecuted religious minorities, and free Mr. Gulo. The government of Indonesia must not allow this kind of abuse and must guarantee human rights for all citizens.
How You Can Help
ICC is calling on the government of Indonesia to release Mr. Gulo immediately and unconditionally. Sign the petition today to let the Indonesian government know that their abuse of Christians cannot continue. Will you join us? 
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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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