International Religious Freedom Day

Apr 2011
International Religious Freedom Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 27, 2013

Freedom of religion is a core American value, but it is not an American invention. It is the birthright of every individual, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The freedom of religion is a priority for President Obama, as it is for me as Secretary of State, because it is essential to human dignity and individual liberty, and it remains an integral part of our global diplomatic engagement.

We call on the international community – governments, civil society, and citizens alike – to speak out against religious persecution, and to stand unequivocally for religious freedom.

We do so humbly, knowing that our own journey as Americans was not without challenge, that the Pilgrims who fled across the ocean to escape religious persecution and landed in my home state of Massachusetts, would soon witness congregations break away and found Connecticut and Rhode Island in search of their own freedom to worship...

Read more here: International Religious Freedom Day
Oct 2011
Persecution in many parts of the world sadly, and against many different religions.

Baha'is need to join with all other like minded people in standing against such behaviour.