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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is shown with her two children and Lapo Pistelli, Italy's vice-minister for foreign affairs, on a flight from Khartoum to Rome. (photo: Lapo Pistelli/Facebook)

Christian Woman Previously Sentenced to Death Successfully Departs Sudan

July 24, 2014

A Christian woman sentenced to death by a Sudanese court after refusing to recant her faith has at last been permitted to depart Sudan.

Girls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram are shown in video footage made by the insurgency.

IRD, Allied Groups to Rally for Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls Awaiting Rescue from Boko Haram Militants

July 23, 2014

Over 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria remain captives of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram 100 days after their abduction.

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Reported Release for Christian Woman in Sudan Sentenced to Death on Charges of Apostasy, Adultery

June 23, 2014

A Christian woman sentenced to death by a Sudanese court after refusing to recant her faith has reportedly been released following the ruling of an appeal court.

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To My Fellow Millenials: Christian Persecution is a Social Justice Issue

May 10, 2014

Millennial evangelicals have big hearts. We know that social justice is an important facet of Christianity. So why are we ignoring the voices of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being harassed, kidnapped, arrested, beaten, beheaded, and burned alive for their faith?

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Rallies Worldwide Call on Nigerian Government to “Bring Back Our Girls”

May 6, 2014

Rallies have been held throughout the world to call on Nigerian authorities to return the girls to their families, and a social media campaign using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has raised awareness of their plight.
As this campaign got underway, Secretary of State John Kerry called on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to take more action to rescue more the girls, abducted on April 14 from a school in the country’s rural northwest.
On May 3, rallies were held in London and in several U.S. cities including New York and Oakland, California.

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Podcast: Dennis Crowley Interviews Faith McDonnell on Boko Haram

April 21, 2014

Based on 2012 data, Nigeria alone accounted for almost 60 percent of Christians killed globally.

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Sports Mirror the Battles of Life

April 19, 2014

We say we “play” golf, tennis, soccer, football, and other games. Even professionals “play” their sport. The problem is that we’ve figured out a way to “play” these sports without actually playing.


Faith McDonnell Discusses Consultation of Religious Liberty Partners

April 10, 2014

Dennis Crowley interviews Faith McDonnell, director of religious liberty programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan.   She discusses the consultation of religious liberty partners held at the end of March…

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IRD Commends President’s Prayer Breakfast Remarks on International Religious Freedom

February 6, 2014

“Religious liberty advocates are particularly appreciative that the President mentioned the egregious blasphemy and defamation laws such as those of Pakistan,” says IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith McDonnell.

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Media Advisory: With a Nod to Global South Leadership, Anglicans Gather in Nairobi

October 18, 2013

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be sending a team to the 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this October.

Anglican bishops gather on the Mount of Olives during the first GAFCON gathering in 2008 (photo credit: GAFCON)

Traditionalist Anglicans Prepare to Convene in Nairobi

October 18, 2013

Over 1,200 bishops, clergy and lay leaders representing the majority of worldwide Anglicans will gather next week in Nairobi, Kenya to study scripture, worship, pray, and discern the Holy Spirit’s call to the churches.

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Press Release: IRD Joins Public Coalition Letter Opposing U.S. Visit of Sudan President

September 20, 2013

Washington, DC President Omar al Bashir of Sudan has applied for a visa to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting next week in New York. Bashir has been indicted on 10 counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, and is currently prosecuting multiple wars in his own country.