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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Morocco

Date: 
Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

The deportation of approximately 40 American citizens and scores of other foreign nationals on charges of proselytism has raised serious concerns about the status of religious freedom in Morocco. The individuals deported ran a wide array of humanitarian organizations which provided services vital to the community. One of the organizations targeted was the Village of Hope, an orphanage that takes in children that have been abandoned by their parents. Time Magazine reported that “the Village of Hope deportations are part of what appears to be a widespread crackdown on Christian aid workers in Morocco.” Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World Report noted backsliding in Morocco on a host of other democracy and human rights issues over the course of the last year.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hoffman (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599.

Hosted by:

Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Witnesses

  • Katie Zoglin, senior program manager, Freedom House
  • Michael Cloud, president, Association Nichan
  • Herman Boonstra, leader, Village of Hope
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Lynn Padilla, foster parents, Village of Hope
  • Dr. Sandra Bunn-Livingstone, Esq., executive director, Jus Cogens LLC

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111th Congress