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Understanding Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

Petitions

Petitions are designed to support victims of persecution and to shed light on the evil that countries do to believers overseas.

Congressional Briefings

Briefings ensure that Congressional members and staff are aware of issues and strategies in regards to persecution cases so they can act to help the persecuted.

Hearings

We work behind the scenes in Congress to move members to hold Congressional hearings on countries with poor religious freedom records. Hearings represent the highest possible pressure on nations that are restricting the religious freedoms of their people.

Letters

Congressional letters are official letters signed by multiple members on a particular issue of concern. Evil likes to operate in secret. Imagine how national leaders feel when they receive a letter signed by multiple members of Congress regarding their government’s mistreatment and persecution of Christians.

Legislation

By influencing legislation and policy, ICC can secure direct assistance and relief for persecuted victims and the continued existence of government bodies that focus on religious freedom.

Congressional Testimony

In May of 2014, radical Hindu, Narendra Modi, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in India. Emboldened by the political victory, Hindu fundamentalists with close ties to the BJP began escalating attacks on Christians around the country.

 

Gao Zhisheng Petition

Gao Zhisheng was formally arrested in 2006 after being placed under heavy surveillance for providing legal assistance to religious minority groups and underprivileged individuals in China. Prior to his arrest, Gao was hailed as one of the top 10 lawyers by China’s Ministry of Justice and was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gao spent the next eight years in and out of prison. He was tortured by way of sleep deprivation, brutal beatings, and electric shocks. He was released from prison in 2014 and has since been under house arrest in the Shaanxi Province with limited access to medical care and the outside world. He disappeared in August 2017 and his current whereabouts are unknown, but it is believed that he has been put in custody again by the Chinese government.

Please join ICC as we call on the government of China to release Gao Zhisheng from prison so that he can return to his family once and for all. Will you join us?

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Mexico

In 2015, Christian Solidarity Worldwide invited ICC to a joint on-the-ground investigation into reports of persecution in Chiapas, Mexico where they had great depth and experience. The visit confirmed that thousands of individuals had been displaced because of religious hostility and many were being illegally arrested. Soon after, ICC’s advocacy team launched a new effort to raise awareness on Capitol Hill and to call on the Mexican government to address the problem.

Current Initiatives

H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Emergency Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, provides crucial humanitarian relief and support for Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by ISIS.

Meriam Ibrahim

On Mother’s Day 2014, Sudanese Christian, Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to one-hundred lashes and death by hanging unless she renounced her Christian faith in three days. When she refused, she was imprisoned along with her 20-month-old son and condemned to death.

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