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Five billion of the world's people face religious persecution. And about a third of people live in places where religious freedom is severely restricted. Violations range from marginalization, imprisonment, violence, torture, to even beheadings. It is against this backdrop that we have launched the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative with a strong desire to stir citizens of all beliefs to action that works to protect and restore religious freedom around the world. 

"All nations should care about abuses beyond their borders, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because what goes on in other nations rarely remains there. In the long run, there is only one permanent guarantor of the safety, security and survival of the persecuted and vulnerable. It is the full recognition of religious freedom."

Katrina Lantos Swett, Former Chair 
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom


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The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is empowering a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right through advocacy, capacity building and technology.