FREEDOM 2020

A campaign to champion religious liberty and defend persecuted Christians who cannot defend themselves.

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Last year was one of the bloodiest years yet for Christian believers. *

Every single day 8 Christians are killed, 23 Christians are raped or sexually harassed and 10 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned because of their faith. **

There were more than 9,000 attacks on Christian churches in 51 countries last year. **

A BBC News report stated, “The persecution of Christians is nearing genocide.”

* Source: ACN News (Papal Foundation Aid to the Church in Need), May 2019

** Open Doors World Watch List 2020

Types of Religious Freedom & Persecution Violations the WEA Advocacy Responds To

Are we effective? YES!

With God’s help we make change happen. Discriminatory laws get scrapped. Churches get re-opened. Imprisoned pastors get released. Targeted converts to Christian faith get rescued. Here are just a few examples of how God is working through WEA and our national church alliances: Two Sudanese pastors and a Czech national had been sentenced by the Sudanese court to 12 years in prison. WEA Secretary General was asked to meet with the Sudan ambassador in Washington and make an appeal on the basis of clemency. 25 days later it was granted!

Examples of recent cases addressed by WEA advocacy team include:

Country Outcome
Iran Converts from Islam to Christianity allowed to leave country
Algeria Churches re-opened
Bulgaria Draft legislation threatening churches amended
India Situation worsening, more advocacy needed at all levels
Sri Lanka Defended rights of Christian lawyer vocal about religious persecution who was targeted by extremist state minister who was subsequently fired following multiple interventions by WEA
Italy Discriminatory regional law contested in court and overturned
Kazakhstan Lobbied against church shutdown draft law at UN Human Rights Council and with diplomat and after one year the law has still not been enacted
Cuba No commitment from gov’t yet but encouraging progress made in gaining closer attention to the religious freedom issues

The WEA is a network of churches in more than 130 nations that have joined to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians. Our work focuses on evangelism, church leader discipleship and advocacy for critical causes such as religious freedom and persecution, human trafficking, peace & reconciliation, refugees, creation care, relief and development. WEA enjoys special status with the United Nations and diplomatic type access to world political leaders to advocate for change.  worldea.org.   Box 7099, Deerfield, IL, 60015   T. 213-233 3046