Around the world people yearn to be free. Each man and woman desires to pursue their beliefs, to live out their faith. And all people have faith - a belief in who they are, where they have come from and where they are going.
freetobelieve.ca is an initiative by a group of people who are dedicated to pursuing the principle of human freedom – freedom to believe, to be, and to speak. This forum is intended to be a resource for those who are under pressure because of their beliefs. Our intent is to inform and encourage so that those who are persecuted will understand they are not alone and that it is not hopeless.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 18 - Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 - everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 3 - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Lists of persons [USCIRF] determines are imprisoned or detained, have disappeared, been placed under house arrest, been tortured, or subjected to forced renunciations of faith for their religious activity or religious freedom advocacy by government.
Police across the country recorded 159 hate crimes targeted at Muslims, up from 45 in 2012, representing an increase of 253 per cent. In just one year, between 2014 and 2015, that number increased by 59 per cent: from 99 in 2014 to 159 the following year.
Open Doors 2019 World Watch List ranks 50 countries. One in three Christians face high levels of persecution in Asia, with India entering the top 10 for the first time.
By 2018, official Chinese government statistics said there were 39 million Protestants in China. Scholars estimate that including house church worshipers pushes the real number to at least 80 million — almost 6% of China’s population, on par with Communist Party membership.