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Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom

  • United States Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Meeting Room 212-210 East Capitol St NE & First St SE Washington, DC United States (map)

The event will feature two panels and a wide range of experts and leaders from Malaysia, Vietnam, and the religious freedom policy space more broadly. The first panel will focus on the role of religious registration systems in restricting religious freedom for religious orders and individuals. The second panel will be focused on the rising threat of non-state actors in Southeast Asia. Both panels will draw lessons from the region for the rest of the world.

The event will also premier a short film produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission titled Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public.

For security purposes, please RSVP no later than 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, July 24. A photo ID is required for entry.




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The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security. It promotes religious freedom for all people throughout the world regardless of creed or conviction.

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The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing.

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Boat People SOS is a nonprofit organization devoted to Vietnamese-American civic and political activism. Its mission is to transform victims into survivors and active citizens who reach out and help others like them achieve liberty and dignity.