Perspectives

FOR YOUR INFORMATION March 27, 2014 Pakistan Leads the World in Blasphemy Prisoners By: Knox Thames and Elizabeth Cassidy for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs There is a global rise in the use of blasphemy laws. More than simply placing roadblocks to free speech, these laws are... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION March 14, 2014 Why human rights sanctions could work with Iran By Dwight Bashir, Special to CNN World   Editor's note: Dwight Bashir is Deputy Director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. You can follow him @DwightBashir.... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION January 24, 2014 A State of Denial: Religious Freedom in Egypt By Dwight Bashir for The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy – Posted on January 23 Some in Egypt hail the overwhelming backing of last week’s constitutional referendum as a repudiation of the 2012... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION September 21, 2013 Time for Renewal of Religious Independence in Uzbekistan By: Catherine Cosman for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs - Posted on September 21 Today, long after the eighth century spread of Islam into Central Asia that largely displaced... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION September 18, 2013 Rouhani Should Give Priority To Religious Freedom in Iran By: Dwight Bashir for Al-Monitor -Posted on September 17 Next week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will take the world stage for the first time as he addresses the UN General Assembly in... Read More
FOR YOUR INFORMATION May 6, 2013 Beyond Boko Haram: Nigeria's History of Violence By: Tiffany Lynch  for the Council on Foreign Relations  - Posted on May 6 For almost two years, stories about violence in Nigeria have focused almost exclusively on Boko Haram's attacks on churches... Read More