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Formal Meetings of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
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July 24, 20189 am - 5 pmExpanding the ConversationCivil Society NGO RepsState DeptEquip and empower civil society orgs to access U.S. financial support; overview of foreign policy goals re IRF; and best practices to improve religious freedom.
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July 25, 20189 am - 5 pmCivil Society Lessons LearnedCivil Society NGO RepsState DeptTell stories, share expertise, and ultimately unite on a path to greater religious freedom.
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5 pm - 7 pmReceptionCivil Society & GovernmentState Dept The Secretary will host a reception with foreign government delegations, select civil society and religious community participants, U.S. government officials, and Members of Congress.
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5 pm - 7 pmReceptionCivil Society & GovernmentUnited States Institute of PeaceAlternate reception for civil society participants who attend the "Civil Society Lessons Learned" meeting at State but do not receive an invite to the Secretary's reception.
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July 26, 20189 am - 5 pmRole of GovernmentGovernment RepresentativesState DeptPlenary sessions focused on: (1) identifying global challenges to religious freedom, (2) developing innovative responses to persecution on the basis of religion, and (3) sharing new commitments to protect religious freedom for all.
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Side Events on the Margins of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
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July 23, 201812 pm - 2 pmIRF Roundtable Opening Lunch Event: Religious Persecution in ChinaCivil Society & Government385 Russell Senate Office BuildingLunch at 12. Panel discussion to start at 12:30, followed by Q&A / discussion. Remarks by three experts: Massimo Introvigne, CESNUR: "Deprogramming One Million Chinese: Persecution, Xie Jiao, and New Re-Education Camps in China"; Rosita Šorytė, ORLIR: "Fleeing China: Why Some Countries Are Refusing Religion-Based Asylum to Chinese Refugees"; Alex Amicarelli, European Federation for Freedom of Belief: "Litigating for Freedom in Geneva: Arbitrary Detention Cases and China's Universal Periodic Review"; stories from religious communities who are victims of persecution: Dr. Larry Liu, Falun Gong; Nury Turkel, Chair, Board of Directors, Uyghur Human Rights Project; Ms. Zhen Qing, Church of Almighty God; and a discussion of solutions that will include Terri Marsh of Human Rights Law Foundation.
IRF Roundtable, CESNUR, ORLIRGreg Laytonglayton@themitchellfirm.com
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2 pm - 3:30 pmRoundtable on Nigeria’s Current Status on Religious FreedomCivil Society & GovernmentChurch of Scientology National Affairs Office
1701 20th Street NW (corner of R Street NW and Connecticut Ave NW)
Washington, DC 20009
ICC will host a roundtable on Nigeria’s current status on Religious Freedom as well as threats posed by non-state actors to its and the region’s stability. Discussion will be led by Matias Perttula (International Christian Concern), Nathan Wineinger (21Wilberforce) and Stephen Enada (ICON).International Christian ConcernMatias PerttulaRSVP at advocacy.dir@persecution.org
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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Briefing on Religious Freedom in Syria Civil Society & GovernmentNational Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045 Briefing focused on: (1) Pluralistic Model for Religious Freedom in Northern Syria’s Democratic Self-Administration; (2) Devastation in Afrin by Islamist Forces; (3) US and International Military and Diplomatic Policy to Support Religious Freedom Following Defeat of Daesh. Confirmed Speakers: Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, Bassam Ishak, President Syriac Democratic Council of Syria, Sinam Mohamad, US Representative of Syrian Democratic Council. Invited: Mervyn Thomas, President, CSW (formerly Christian Solidarity Worldwide), Bishop Mar Awa Royel, Assyrian Church of the East.Law and Liberty Trust, Jubilee Campaign, OthersLauren Homerlauren@lawandlibertytrust.org
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4 pm - 6 pmRally for Religious Freedom in AsiaCivil Society & GovernmentUnited States Capitol West SideEthnic representatives of the captive nations of Asia will offer remarks, including Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, who will speak about the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China and Pastor Chinh, recently released prisoner of conscience from Vietnam, who will speak about the plight of Christians in Vietnam. It will take place on July 23 at 4PM in front of the U.S. Capitol. Members of Congress, including Chairwoman McMorris Rogers, will also offer remarks.Victims of Communism Memorial FoundationKristina Olneykristina.olney@victimsofcommunism.org
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4 pm - 7 pmIRFA at 20 and World of Faith and Freedom at 10: What has changed and what is changing? An Inquiry into U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy and ReceptionCivil Society & GovernmentRoom G-50
Dirksen Senate Office Building
As the United States prepares to convene the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, leading practitioners and former officials who have been at the heart of the U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy consider what has changed and what is changing in the implementation of that effort. Twenty years since the passing of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) and ten years since the publishing of World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security by Thomas Farr, the arguments put forward in that book that religious freedom is good for security and undermining religion-related violence and promoting societal flourishing seem more incisive than ever. Join leading figures in the global effort to advance religious freedom for this pre-Ministerial event to consider what can be done.Religious Freedom Institute / 21Wilberforce Jeremy Barkerjeremy.barker@religiousfreedominstitute.org RSVP at: http://bit.ly/IRF-Kickoff
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July 24, 20187:30 AMBreakfast with Ambassador Sam BrownbackCivil Society & GovernmentFaith and Action 109 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002CONFIRMED: AMBASSADOR SAM BROWNBACK A FULL breakfast discussion on religious freedom with Ambassador Brownback and like-minded delegates from other countries in the Americas.Liberty Counsel & Faith and ActionChrisann BovellFULL. RSVP closed.
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11:30 am - 1 pmEngaging Transformative Religious Narratives for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Invite OnlyKathwari Amphitheater at the United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
The event seeks to create a space that fosters discussion of the relationship between fundamentalist and extremist narratives of religion or culture and multifaceted forms of violence against women and girls, including of the positive role religious leaders, actors and organizations can have in tackling gender injustice and eliminating violence against women and girls. It will also give space to the discussion on the importance of the critical analysis of religious narratives and strategies to address and ultimately transform the structures and attitudes that sustain patriarchal and misogynistic gender stereotypes and gender-based violence.Office of the Special Representative for Religious Freedom or Belief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Muslims for Progressive ValuesSusan HaywardRSVP at: https://religiousnarrativesevaw.eventbrite.com/
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12 pm - 1 pmProtecting International Religious Freedom from the Politicization of Human RightsCivil Society & GovernmentRayburn House Office Building Room 2456
Dr. Aaron Rhodes’ new book “The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom” identifies a dangerous trend in the international human rights movement. Increasingly, the natural rights of individuals, like religious freedom, are being conflated with manufactured rights which are the social and economic policy priorities of particular groups and governments.
Natural rights protect the fairness of the political process by ensuring that individuals are free to think, speak, and act according to their convictions, including their religious beliefs. However, when governments and social groups can transform their economic and social policy goals into “human rights,” this undercuts the moral legitimacy and persuasive power of natural rights like religious freedom.
The panelists will discuss how robust protection of religious freedom will ultimately lead to economic prosperity and why natural rights are best protected when they are protected for all, not for members of particular identity groups.
Please join us for this discussion on the future of international religious freedom and the human rights movement. Featuring:
Dr. Aaron Rhodes, President of the Forum for Religious Freedom -Europe and Author of “The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom”
Dr. Shea Garrison, Senior Advisor Foreign Affairs, Concerned Women for America
Neydy Casillas, Senior Counsel, OAS and Latin America, Alliance Defending Freedom International
Moderated by Emilie Kao, Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation & Concerned Women for America & ADF InternationalShea GarrisonRSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jcoX6xJqBh5qrFqxYYLTgyzQ8e0pYEnGnn4hDzl9HQo/viewform?edit_requested=true
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5:00 PMA Vigil to Honor the Victims of Genocide in BurmaCivil Society & GovernmentEdward J. Kelly Park - The corner of 21st and Virginia NW, Washington DC 20245Join in a moment of silence to remember those suffering the brutality of a Genocide. Come and pray for the victims. Learn how you can take action.Faith Coalition to Stop Genocide in BurmaNicolee Ambrosenicolee@ambrose-group.com
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5 pm - 7 pmThe Fight for International Religious Freedom: Perspectives from the VaticanCivil Society & GovernmentRayburn House Office Building: Room 2060, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515Please join the Religious Freedom Institute and the Center for Religious Liberty of Catholic University in a discussion of Vatican efforts to advance international religious freedom, and of U.S.-Vatican cooperation in those efforts. Remarks by
Amb. Callista Gingrich, US Ambassador to the Holy See
Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19), Former US Ambassador to the Holy See
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States
Thomas Farr, President of the Religious Freedom Institute
William Saunders, Co-Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Catholic University of America
Religious Freedom Institute & The Center for Religious Liberty at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Jeremy BarkerJeremy.Barker@religiousfreedominstitute.org RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerr-1X6jlxNDLgihdAfU1qYmPH-QeYML1ZWRZA_EWXmW2nyw/viewform
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5:15 pm - 7:30 pmReception and Film Screening: Letter from MasanjiaCivil Society & GovernmentConference Room in 2101 E St, NW, Washington, DC 5:15 - 5:45pm, reception (light refreshments provided);
5:45 - 7:00pm, film screening;
7:00 - 7:30pm, discussion.
An Oregon woman finds an SOS message from a Falun Gong practitioner in a package of Halloween decorations from Kmart, making international headlines and setting off a chain of events that would shut down the labor camp system in China and ignite the letter-writer’s dangerous quest to expose a deadly persecution. Watch trailer at LetterFromMasanjia.com
Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC Larry Liu To RSVP, click LaborCampLetter.EventBrite.com or email larry.liu@falundafa-dc.org
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5:30 pm - 6:30 pmMulti-Faith Prayer ServiceCivil Society & GovernmentJack Morton Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University
805 21st Street (10 minute walk north of State Department)
A multi-faith prayer service for all faith traditions. The service will specifically be focused on praying for persecuted believers from around the world.
Rabbi David Saperstein, Imam Mohamed Magid, Pastor Bob Roberts, Shaykh Abdullah Bin BayyahBob Roberts bobroberts@northwoodchurch.org
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5:30 pm – 8:00 pmLatest Pew Research Center Findings on Global Restrictions on Religion: Discussion and ReceptionCivil Society & GovernmentPew Research Center, 1615 L St NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036Pew Research Center invites you to join a presentation and discussion of the Center’s latest findings on nationalism in Europe and global religious restrictions, exploring public attitudes toward multiculturalism and how nationalist parties and organizations have played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities. The event will feature two brief presentations on “Restrictions on Religious Freedom in 2016: A Focus on Nationalism in Europe” and “Attitudes toward National Identity and Religious Minorities in Europe”. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a reception. The presenters will be Dr. Katayoun Kishi & Dr. Neha Sahgal.Pew Research CenterAnna Schilleraschiller@pewresearch.org RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/J2rAEHZhqS4A1ClE3
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6:30 pm - 9 pmThe People of the Cross by Save The Persecuted Christians
Reception and Exhibit
Civil Society & GovernmentThe U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC 201 AB
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515
Join us for a reception and exhibit of The People of the Cross. Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer and soft drinks will be served. This powerful exhibit shows what millions of people experience simply because they follow Jesus Christ including: violence, rape, murder, torture, imprisonment, loss of property and exclusion from civil society. The perpetrators often go unpunished and some state actors continue receiving U.S. government aid despite their complicity in this persecution of Christians.Save the Persecuted Christians CoalitionDede Laugesendede.laugesen@gmail.com RSVP at: https://stpc-exhibit-072418.eventbrite.com/
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July 25, 20187:45 - 8:45 amPress Conference: How Three Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are Leading the World in FORB Education Civil Society & Government (Space is limited)340 Cannon House Office BuildingHardwired Global Founder and President, Tina Ramirez, will release a groundbreaking study, "Protecting Children from Violent Extremism," which demonstrates the organization's ability to re-train, reeducate, and recondition the mindset of youth to counter religious intolerance and extremism and advance greater respect for the dignity of others. We invite you to join Hardwired for the release of this powerful study and hear from Members of the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus and Officials from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who have been invited to discuss the importance of teaching children to value the rights and freedoms of people of different religions and beliefs to overcome intolerance, violence, and recurrent cycles of conflict in the world. For more information, please contact us at info@hardwiredglobal.org. IRF Caucus & Hardwired GlobalMiranda Robinsonmiranda.robinson@mail.house.gov RSVP at info@hardwiredglobal.org
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8:30 am - 10:30 amA New Era for Religious Freedom in UzbekistanCivil Society & GovernmentThe National Press Club, Holeman Lounge Room, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
Under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Republic of Uzbekistan has carried out several unprecedented political, economic and social reforms, as well as reforms in its approach to religious freedom. These reforms have garnered widespread attention, encouragement, and support from the international community. The Embassy of Uzbekistan and the Institute for Global Engagement will co-host a conversation about this new direction with senior leaders from Uzbekistan, with particular emphasis on Uzbekistan’s religious freedom roadmap, which seeks to protect and promote freedom of conscience and belief while integrating people of all beliefs as equal citizens under the transparent rule of law.

Speakers: H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Ruslanbek Davletov, Minister of Justice; Amb. Sodyq Safoev, First Deputy Chairman, Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan; Dr. Akmal Saidov, Member of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis and Head of the National Center for Human Rights
Moderator: Dr. Chris Seiple, President Emeritus, Institute for Global Engagement
The Embassy of Uzbekistan & The Institute for Global EngagementJames ChenPlease RSVP by July 23rd with your first name, last name and affiliation to: a.fayzullaev@mfa.uz
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11:30 pm - 1:30 pmAre Religious Scriptures a Source of Conflict or Harmony?Civil Society & GovernmentLongworth House Office Building, Room 1540-A
9 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20515.
(South of the U.S. Capitol, bounded by Independence Ave., New Jersey Ave., South Capitol St., and C St., S.E.)
The absence of freedom to see God as a creator of all humanity has become a significant source of conflict. Each religious group acts as if they own God exclusively and is not available to others. Each one believes that God has made a deal with them behind other’s back, they also think that God has given exclusive brokerage to their messenger and denied others. Is that our God? God is more significant than we have made him out to be.

A symposium on scriptures from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Can a Rabbi, Pastor, Imam, Pundit and a Bhikkhu have the religious freedom to universalize their respective scriptures?
Center for PluralismMike Ghousemike@centerforpluralism.com RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-religious-scriptures-a-source-of-conflict-or-harmony-tickets-48138380191
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4 pm - 5 pmEnhancing the Diplomat’s Toolkit: Best Practices in Advancing International Religious FreedomCivil Society & Government
Religious Freedom Institute
1050 30th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Diplomats are working on the frontlines of governmental efforts to address these challenges, but often are not provided with the training or resources to effectively address the situations. Sharing from their experience and research, veteran diplomats and religious freedom advocates will share best practices and insight into tactics, mechanisms, strategies, and resources for advancing religious freedom.Religious Freedom Institute Jeremy Barker RSVP at https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/rfievents/ministerial-diplomat-training
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7 pm - 9 pmIRF Roundtable After-Party ReceptionCivil Society & Government Hive Bar Rooftop, 2224 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037 (A short walk from State Department) Following the big receptions at the State Department (hosted by the Secretary of State) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (hosted by USCIRF), please join this after party to network with additional NGOs and Government Partners while enjoying dutch-treat cocktails or light food. (please note: this event allows you to get your own food and drink)IRF Roundtable Congressional Working GroupNathan WineingerRSVP: Not required, but helpful. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/9BzspjjtVz1QIl1A2
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July 26, 20188 am - 9 amCongressional Breakfast with Middle East Faith LeadersInvite OnlyUnited States Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room South (CVC 217)Roundtable Discussion | Breakfast Served "A Private Discussion between U.S. Policymakers and Middle Eastern Church Leaders" - President Toufic BaakliniIn Defense of ChristiansPeter Burnspeter@indefenseofchristians.org
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10 am - 12 pmLessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious FreedomCivil Society & GovernmentSenate Visitors Center 212-210The event will feature two panels and a wide range of experts 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 ERLC titled Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity. Refreshments will be provided.Southern Baptist Convention ERLC & Religious Freedom Institute & Boat People SOS Lauren Konkol lkonkol@erlc.com For security purposes, please RSVP no later than 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, July 24. A photo ID is required for entry. RSVP at https://erlc.com/upcoming-events/lessons-from-southeast-asia
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10 am - 12 pmSurveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis124 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingUyghurs and other primarily Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been subjected to arbitrary detention, torture, egregious restrictions on religious practice and culture, and a digitized surveillance system so pervasive that every aspect of daily life is monitored—through facial recognition cameras, mobile phone scans, DNA collection, and an extensive and intrusive police presence. There are credible reports that as many as a million people are or have been detained in what are being called “political reeducation” centers, the largest mass incarceration of an ethnic minority population in the world today. There are recent reports of deaths in custody including suicides. Among those detained in these and other detention facilities are dozens of family members of Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur Service journalists based in the United States, as well as family members of prominent Uyghur rights activist Rebiya Kadeer—amounting to attempts by the Chinese government to silence effective reporting on human rights conditions in the XUAR and Uyghur rights advocacy. This past year, under intrusive “home stay” programs, XUAR officials have also sent nearly a million Communist Party cadres and government workers to live with ethnic minority families in their homes for certain periods of time, carry out political indoctrination, and monitor their daily activities. Also troubling within the context of the crackdown is the extent to which international companies, who have reportedly supplied surveillance and biometric technology to Xinjiang authorities, may be unwittingly or wittingly complicit in these human rights abuses and privacy violations.

The hearing will look at the serious and deteriorating human rights situation faced by Uyghurs; examine the Chinese government’s efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state in the XUAR, and explore policy options to address these issues within U.S.-China relations.

The hearing will be livestreamed via the “Live Hearings” link on our webpage and the CECC’s YouTube channel.

Witnesses: Gulchehra Hoja, Uyghur Service journalist, Radio Free Asia; Rian Thum, Associate Professor, Loyola University New Orleans; Jessica Batke, Senior Editor, ChinaFile and former Research Analyst at the Department of State
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12 pm - 1:30 pmIRF Roundtable Working LunchCivil Society & Government902 Hart Senate Office BuildingParallel to the Ministerial working lunch for government representatives that will be held at the State Department on this date and time, we are organizing a working lunch for civil society representatives on Capitol Hill. Featuring: leaders of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief. We are planning two moderated discussions, serving the dual purpose of an accurate summary and a call-to-action:
1. What did we hear and learn this week at the Ministerial and the side events around it? 2. What are we going to do now, where & when? In answering the second question, we will discuss the IRF Roundtable vision and plans to establish a global, interlocking network of multi-faith religious freedom/policy roundtables and coordinate its actions with the global network of governments (per the International Contact Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief) and the global network of legislators (per the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief). We will also discuss the regions, countries and autonomous regions (within countries) that are most likely to embrace, respect and work with multi-faith roundtables.
Participants of the IRF RoundtableGreg Mitchellirf2018@themitchellfirm.com
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2 pm - 3:30 pmHow to Protect International Religious Freedom from the Politicization of Human RightsCivil Society & GovernmentThe Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman AuditoriumDr. Aaron Rhodes’ new book “The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom” identifies a dangerous trend in the international human rights movement. Increasingly, the natural rights of individuals, like religious freedom, are being conflated with manufactured rights which are the social and economic policy priorities of particular groups and governments.
Natural rights protect the fairness of the political process by ensuring that individuals are free to think, speak, and act according to their convictions, including their religious beliefs. However, when governments and social groups can transform their economic and social policy goals into “human rights,” this undercuts the moral legitimacy and persuasive power of natural rights like religious freedom.
The panelists will discuss how robust protection of religious freedom will ultimately lead to economic prosperity and why natural rights are best protected when they are protected for all, not for members of particular identity groups.
Please join us for this discussion on the future of international religious freedom and the human rights movement. Featuring:
Dr. Aaron Rhodes, President of the Forum for Religious Freedom -Europe and Author of “The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom”
Dr. Shea Garrison, Senior Advisor Foreign Affairs, Concerned Women for America Benjamin Bull, Executive Director of Advocacy, Washington D.C, First Liberty Institute
Moderated by Emilie Kao, Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation & Concerned Women for AmericaShea Garrison & Emilie KaoRSVP at: https://www.heritage.org/event/how-protect-international-religious-freedom-the-politicization-human-rights
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2 pm - 3:30 pmForced Organ Harvesting for an Unprecedented Religious Persecution in ChinaCivil Society & GovernmentCosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008An event on the practice of forced organ harvesting in China used with the intent to persecute and eradicate the religious belief system of Falun Gong — two decades of a cold genocideDoctors Against Forced Organ HarvestingTorsten Treyeditor@dafoh.org
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2 pm - 5 pmU.S. Government Grant WorkshopCivil SocietyGovernment Publishing Office Building
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Harding Hall
Washington, DC, 20401
Speakers from the U.S. State Department and USAID
will provide training on how to apply for U.S. government funding
The United States Commission on International Religious FreedomJavier PenaRSVP required: training@uscirf.gov
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4 pm - 6 pmRussia: Religious Freedom in Peril Civil Society & GovernmentChurch of Scientology National Affairs Office 1701 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
The situation in Russia with regards to religious freedom continues to worsen on a weekly basis with religious adherents being held in pre-trial detention for inhumane lengths of time, government raids on faith buildings conducted, and a long list of false charges leveled against many minority faiths simply for the peaceful practice of their religion. The panel will discuss the current scene, what is being done from the US and Europe, and the hope that the current Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will bring.

Panelists: Kristina Arriaga - Commissioner and Vice Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Professor Massimo Introvigne, - Founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR); Ms. Rosita Soryte - Lithuanian diplomat; Dr. Boris Falikov - Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities’ “Center of Religion Studies” (Moscow); Rev. Susan Taylor - National Public Affairs Director, National Affairs Office Church of Scientology

Moderated by: Greg Mitchell - Co-Chair International Religious Freedom Roundtable & Former Chief of Staff for Congressman James Rogan
Chuch of Scientology National Affairs Office & International Christian Concern (ICC) &
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ)
Sue Taylorsuetaylor1@juno.com RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/russia-religious-freedom-in-peril-tickets-47971680588
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6 pm - 7 pmReception to FollowCivil Society & GovernmentChurch of Scientology National Affairs Office 1701 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Reception to followChurch of Scientology National Affairs OfficeSue Taylorsuetaylor1@juno.com
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4 pm - 8:30 pmParental Rights: A Matter of Religious Freedom?Civil Society & GovernmentMuseum of the BibleParental Rights: A Matter of Religious Freedom?
Issues surrounding the fundamental human right of parents to provide care, custody, and control of their children includes questions of religious and philosophical convictions. To what extent and at what point should a State intervene or even override parents’ decisions or objections? Join religious liberty and parental rights experts at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. to discuss. Event includes a complimentary tour of the museum and a reception following the panel discussion.
Panelists:
Michael Farris, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom International
Dr. Tim Clinton, Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute
Tony Perkins, Commissioner of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Michael Donnelly, Director of Global Outreach at the Home School Legal Defense Association
Jenna Ellis, Director of Public Policy for the James Dobson Family Institute (Moderator)
Schedule of Events:
4:00pm - Museum of the Bible Complimentary Tour
5:00pm - Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:30pm - Reception
ADF International & James Dobson Family Institute Jenna EllisRSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parental-rights-a-matter-of-religious-freedom-registration-48007661207
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6:00 PMReligious Discrimination in Iran and Yemen, Using the Baha’is as a Case in PointCivil Society & GovernmentNewseum - 8th Floor6 pm reception (hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks). 7 pm welcome and panel discussion on religious discrimination in Iran and Yemen, using the Baha’is as a case is in point. The evening will include the U.S. premier of Maziar Bahari’s 25-minute film, “The Cost of Discrimination.” Richard Foltin will moderate the panel.Baha’is of the United States & Religious Freedom Center at the Freedom Forum Institute/NewseumAnthony VanceRSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/religious-persecution-in-iran-and-yemen-the-case-of-the-bahais-tickets-47972203151. The password is HOPE, all caps.
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6 pm - 8:30 pmUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum ReceptionInvite onlyUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Place)The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to invites you to a reception marking the conclusion of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. We are honored to have Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, join us and provide remarks.

The Museum’s permanent exhibit on the Holocaust will be open for you to tour, as will our contemporary exhibit on Syria.
United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumNaomi KikolerRSVP to asears@ushmm.org by Tuesday, July 24th (this invitation is not transferable)
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6:30 pm - 8:30 pmTech and Religious FreedomCivil Society & Government1800 Massachusetts Ave NW
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Dinner and Discussion: How can new tech strengthen religious and civil liberty protections? What is the role of private industry and the tech sector?UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations & ByteCubedHaroon AzarRSVP at sarah.elkhatib@bytecubed.com
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July 27, 20188:30 am - 11 amSecurity and Religious Freedom: How Do We Protect Both? Civil Society & GovernmentNewseum -- Enter C Street EntranceDoors will open at 8am. The event will begin at 8:30am with a welcome, introduction, and panel discussion. One of the most pressing questions in the world today is how best to protect both security and robust rights to religious freedom. Following the event, there will be an opportunity for those attending the event to take a Religious Freedom Tour of the Newseum. Asma Uddin will moderate the panel. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (British PM Theresa May's Special Envoy to promote religious freedom), Brian Grim and Haroon Azar are panelists. Religious Freedom Center at the Freedom Forum Institute/NewseumAsma UddinRSVP at https://secure2.convio.net/newseu/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=100761
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8:30 am - 12:30 pmThe Impact of War on Religious FreedomCivil Society & GovernmentSenate Dirksen Office Building, Room G50Special Guest Ambassador Sam Brownback; Rod Dreher, Panel Moderator - American Conservative; Dr. Peter Petkoff, Panel Moderator - Senior Lecturer in Law, Brunel University, London; Dr. Daniel Mark, Professor at Villanova and former Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; Dr. Tom Farr, President - Religious Freedom Institute; John L. Allen Jr., Author of the Global War on Christians and editor at Crux; Steve Gumaer, Partners Relief & Development (England); Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; Heinrich Arnold, Pastor - Bruderhof Communities The Committee for Responsible Foreign PolicyShonda WerryInfo@ResponsibleForeignPolicy.org
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11 am - 2:30 pmFaith and Fragile States: Political Stability and Religious FreedomCivil Society & GovernmentUnited States Institute of PeaceAn event on religion, religious freedom, conflict and CVE. There will be two parts. The first part of the event will be on religious engagement in CVE. The second part of the event will be on interfaith peacebuilding and FoRB.United States Institute of Peace & Search for Common Ground & International Republican Institute Susan HaywardRSVP at https://www.usip.org/events/faith-and-fragile-states-political-stability-and-religious-freedom
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