The São Paulo event is the first of eight similar events that will take place in countries across South America in the coming years. Organizers are focused on developing strong, well-trained networks of religious liberty advocates throughout the South American Division. Photo: Felipe Lemos/South American Division
"Lasting peace is possible only if we teach our children the weapon of dialogue, the only winning weapon we have," said one speaker at the first Festival of Religious Freedom in Ticino, held Saturday, May 2, at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lugano, Switzerland.
More than 200 religious freedom advocates from across North America attended the 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit at the Newseum's Religious Freedom Center. The event focused on ways to engage government leaders and the media, and to mobilize efforts on behalf of persecuted religious minorities around the world. Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum
A high-ranking African Union official has challenged the international community to step up its efforts to track and respond to religious intolerance and sectarian violence. The remarks came at a formal dinner sponsored by the International Religious Liberty Association and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Keynote speaker Erastas Mwencha said that promoting religious freedom is both a personal responsibility and a political imperative.
The American Jewish Committee has released a new video appeal on behalf of Sajjad Masih Gill, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who is serving a life sentence under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws.