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The Hazara have long been targeted in Afghanistan, and many fear violence will intensify with the Taliban in power. Dimitris Lampropoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who are the Hazara of Afghanistan? An expert on Islam explains

With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
The skyline of Tehran. (Shutterstock)

Why the West must challenge Iran on human rights

Iran’s ongoing legal campaign to persecute marginalized groups highlights the pressing need to include human rights in any bilateral and multilateral negotiations over the nuclear deal.
Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses wait in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on April 20, 2017. Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Neglected victims of persecution

Last week a Russian, Sergei Skrynnikov, was charged with “participating in an extremist organization” because he is allegedly a Jehovah’s Witness.
Many Muslim minorities in China, particularly the Uyghurs, are arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned. from shutterstock.com

Explainer: who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

The Uyghurs are a Muslim minority group living China’s Xinjiang region. It is now estimated over one million Uyghurs have been arrested and imprisoned in China’s vast network of “re-education” camps.
Was persecution a consistent imperial policy, and what types of punishments were inflicted on Christians? The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883)/Wikimedia Commons

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – throwing Christians to the lions

The image of cowering Christians being thrown to the lions by Roman emperors is a grisly staple of popular culture. But how accurate is it?

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