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  • Filed in: United Nations   |   by Tiffany Barrans   |   12:41 PM Aug. 3, 2011

    United Nations Adopts the ECLJ’s Recommendations, Shari’a Law Restrictions Prohibited

    The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at U.N. headquarters in New York

    We are happy to report that the United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted several recommendations by the European Center for Law & Justice (ECLJ) in its General Comment No. 34, which is the official interpretation of how countries should respect freedom of expression. The ECLJ’s recommendations can be found here. The ECLJ recommended, and the Human Rights Committee accepted, that no right exists to protect the reputation of an ideology, rather human rights belong to individuals. ... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: US Constitution   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Jun. 10, 2011

    Congress: An Int'l Push to Protect Religious Freedom

    The U.S. Capitol is seen the day before mid-term elections in Washington

    As you know, the ACLJ - along with our international affiliates - remains committed to working to ensure that religious freedom is protected here and around the globe. We report regularly about the dangers facing Christians who are often persecuted - even put to death in some circumstances - because of their faith - Christians who live in countries where Christianity is a minority religion. That's exactly why we're focused on an important new bill before Congress, H.R. 1856, that protects fre... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: United Nations   |   by Jordan Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Mar. 18, 2011

    Christian faith at its best

    Missionary Daniel Pye has called Haiti home for eight years, running an orphanage and distributing necessities the Haitian people desperately needed well before the earthquake of January 2010. Five months ago, in Jacmel, Daniel was arrested and falsely imprisoned without charge. He shared a 10 x 12 prison cell with twenty-four other men. Throughout the ordeal, Danielwas separated from his pregnant wife and daughter while experiencing all the inhumane horrors of a third world, post-natural disaster prison. But Danny is a free man today. Less than one week after the ACLJ became involved in his case, Danny was released from prison, just days before his wife is due to give birth to their second child. In October, Danny was involved in a property dispute that was quickly settled in civil court. After both parties reached an agreement in the case, the judge inexplicably ordered Dannys arrest. The reason for Dannys arrest? According to Haitian attorney Osner Fevry, who represented the Pyes... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: United Nations   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   6:00 PM Mar. 16, 2011

    Freedom for US Missionary in Haiti

    It is a fast moving story. I want to share with you that a Christian missionary from Florida - Danny Pye - has been freed from a jail in Jacmel, Haiti where he's been held without charges for more than five months. We have been working with the family for his release. Danny, who's been working in Haiti for eight years, was detained and jailed in October 2010 after resolving a property dispute in a civil court hearing. Without explanation or any formal charges filed, authorities took him into custody after the hearing and he has been jailed since. Danny's wife, Leann - who is pregnant - says she immediately began working to get her husband released, but ran into numerous problems along the way. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for the family. Danny was scheduled to be released from jail on Christmas Eve. A second judge determined that Danny had been illegally detained and signed orders for his release, but before Danny could leave the jail, the judge who initially put him in... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: United Nations   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   11:00 PM Jan. 31, 2011

    Message to UN: Protect Religious Expression

    Egyptian Muslims and Christians hold a Koran and a cross in the Shobra district of Cairo

    The issue of human rights is at the center of the unrest in Egypt. And while the world is watching closely to see how this crisis unfolds, work continues at the United Nations where our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), has submitted an important document underscoring the need to protect human rights and religious freedom around the world. As you may know, for years now, we've provided the U.N. with the kind of expert analysis that protects the views and ... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: United Nations   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Oct. 1, 2010

    ECLJ Tells UN: Protect Christians From Religious Hatred

    It is vital that all voices - especially those dedicated to the protection of religious freedom - are heard at the United Nations. And for years now, our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), has been active providing the U.N. with the kind of expert analysis that protects the views and beliefs of Christians, especially when they represent the minority in countries where the Muslim faith is the majority. In many countries, as you know, Christians face terrible persecution because of their religious beliefs - often jailed, beaten, and murdered. The ECLJ has just filed an important document with The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the UN - a follow-up to testimony we provided nearly three years ago when we began challenging the dangerous, anti-Christian concept known as "defamation of religions." As you know, for a number of years now, we've been aggressively opposing "defamation of religions" at the U.N. - a concept t... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: Iran   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Jul. 13, 2010

    Iranian Christian Convert Granted Asylum in U.S.

    I want to share with you an important victory for religious freedom involving one of our clients - a woman from Iran who left Islam and converted to Christianity. As you may know, such a move is not only rare - but puts the person at great risk - especially if they return to Iran. Our client had been living in the United States when she converted to Christianity. And because of the dangers she faced in returning to her native homeland, she wanted to remain in this country. One of our legal teams worked with her and her family and ultimately succeeded in getting the United States government to grant her asylum in this country. Here's a report on our client and her situation from our legal team: Our client testified that she was born to a very religious Muslim family in Iran. She grew up surrounded by a society that was exclusively Islamic. Though the rules of Islam did not make sense to her, she was forced to wear the Islamic head and body covering and publicly be Islamic in e... Continue Reading

  • Filed in: Iran   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Jun. 16, 2010

    Standing Up for the Rights of Iranian Christians

    While we continue to work to protect your religious and constitutional freedoms here at home, I want to inform you about an important decision in a case from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) - a case that involved our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ). The European court has ruled in favor of an Iranian family who converted to Christianity - a family who is seeking asylum in the country of Turkey. The Turkish government previously denied the family asylum and sent them back to Iran. Such a move, of course, puts the family at great risk because of their conversion to Christianity. In its decision, the ECHR found that Turkey had violated Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights which prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment when they ignored international mandates and sent the family back to Iran. The family was granted refugee status by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and in the decision issued by the ECHR, ... Continue Reading