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Event: ‘The Global Crisis in Religious Freedom’

ADF International to join policy briefing with world-renowned experts, specifically address anti-conversion laws
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WHO: U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback; European Union Special Envoy Ján Figel; U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; and other experts, including Legal Consultant to ADF International in India Balakrishnan Baskaran and ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek

WHAT: Policy briefing: “The Global Crisis in Religious Freedom

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT

WHERE: 340 Cannon House Office Building, 27 Independence Ave. SE, Washington


WASHINGTON – ADF International will join a policy briefing Tuesday on “The Global Crisis in Religious Freedom” with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. The briefing will address the question of how to counter the steady rise of religious persecution of Christians and other minorities around the world.

“No person or group should live in fear of being killed, tortured, or oppressed because of their religious beliefs. The rise of anti-conversion laws worldwide testifies to a growing crisis in religious freedom,” said Balakrishnan Baskaran, legal consultant to ADF International in India. During the briefing, Baskaran will address the situation of religious minorities in Asia and present the new ADF International white paper “Anti-Conversion Laws and the International Response.”

Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, will address the situation of religious freedom in the United States. The U.S.-partner of ADF International is currently litigating several precedent-setting cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the rights to freedom of religion and belief are at stake.

The International Catholic Legislators Network and the Religious Freedom Institute are bringing together the international experts for the briefing, formally titled, “The Global Crisis in Religious Freedom: State of Play and Recommendations.” Media representatives who wish to attend the event should RSVP.


  • Pronunciation guide: Fiedorek (Fuh-DOHR’-eck)

ADF International is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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