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Meeting with the President and Vice-President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On Tuesday 1 September 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) received  a joint delegation of ANAJURE (Brazilian Association of Evangelical Lawyers) and the Foundation Platform for Social Transformation at its headquarters located in San José, Costa Rica. ANAJURE was represented by Uziel Santana (Chairman), Valmir Nascimento (Director of Academic Affairs), Augusto Ventura (Honorary Director) and Rosane Araújo

Subcommittee Hearing: Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas

On 17 September 2015, the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of House Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States Congress held a hearing on “Freedom of Expression in the Americas.” Dennis P. Petri was invited to witness at this congressional hearing. This is the video recording of his verbal testimony (starts after minute 15). His written testimony can

Christians in North Mexico

States in North Mexico, particularly the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas (North-East) and Michoacán and bordering states (North-West), are so problematic that they are considered an Overlooked Hotbed of Persecution. North Mexico is one of the most violent regions in the world. Heavily affected by crime, the area is under the influence of extremely

Christians in the indigenous territories of Colombia

The severe situation of Christians in the indigenous territories of Colombia needs to be highlighted as a hotbed of persecution. According to a 2005 census, more than 1.3 million Colombians (3.4 per cent of the country’s total population) identify as indigenas, the country’s original population. There are more than 30 autonomous indigenous territories throughout the

Being pro-life is more than opposing abortion!

Left man: “Hey, hey! Don’t get confused! We are pro-life… But once alive, everyone needs to pay for himself, are we clear?” Left sign: “Yes to life, no to abortion.” Right sign: “I’ve got Hepatitis C. Help!” This cartoon, published in the Spanish newspaper El Diario, reminds that being pro-life is, or should be, more than

Aggressive secularism seen by a cartoonist

“Aggressive secularism” can be defined as a radical expression of secularism, which not only seeks to exclude religion from the public domain, but also from various private spheres. It is based on the indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations based on the conviction that religion should not have a visible

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