Three Ways the 45th President Can Advance International Religious Freedom

By Travis Wussow and Matthew Hawkins

While both candidates have talked in vague terms about combatting the Islamic State, neither has enunciated a vision for promoting religious freedom as a common good that is severely deficient across the world. This need not be the case. Here are three ways the 45th president can leverage existing resources to advance this strategic value as an essential part of American foreign policy

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A Somber Anniversary Marks Continuing Religious Repression in Iran

By: Naseem Kourosh

This past April, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif declared, “We do not jail people for their opinions.” The facts, however, tell a different story. Iran is one of the world’s worst violators of human rights, executing startling numbers of its citizens; engaging in systematic oppression of women; targeting political dissidents and human rights defenders; and persecuting ethnic and religious minorities. Iran routinely imprisons so many of its citizens for their opinions and beliefs that, in recent years, it has been estimated that prisoners of conscience in Iran number in the thousands, and Iran has been ranked as the world’s second worst jailer of journalists. Mr. Zarif’s declaration was particularly ironic, coming just two weeks before a somber anniversary for the Baha’i community: May 14, 2015 marked seven years since seven Baha’i leaders had been imprisoned in Iran. 

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