How One Organization Protects Religious Minorities

One Free World International is a global human rights organization that focuses on the rights of religious minorities and promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for diverse religious beliefs.

religious-minoritiesRev. Majed El Shafie is a human rights advocate and is the President and Founder of One Free World International.

Belonging to a very prominent legal and political family in Egypt, Rev. El Shafie had tried to work within the Egyptian system to reform the country’s human rights regime. His human rights journey started in his native Egypt that he was later forced to flee.

Rev. El Shafie was severely tortured and sentenced to death for his conversion to Christianity and bringing awareness to human rights violations related to religious persecution. Rev. El Shafie fights for those persecuted around the world. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and spiritual leaders, he has not been afraid to put everything on the line to help those in need, including his life.

Between the challenges he faced in these efforts, his firsthand experience as a survivor of religious persecution, the work he has engaged in since advocating for religious freedom, confronting governments that violate this fundamental right, and conducting fact-finding missions and humanitarian/rescue operations, he has obtained significant knowledge and insight into the dynamics of persecution of religious minorities by religious extremists and totalitarian governments alike.

One Free World International is one of the leading organizations advocating for religious minorities globally and has 28 branches around the world. Rev. El Shafie has organized and led delegations of parliamentarians and leaders to address minority rights and humanitarian issues with government leaders, including cabinet ministers and other high-level officials, opposition leaders, and religious leaders in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, India and Cuba.

Rev. El Shafie has developed excellent relationships with members of the Canadian House of Commons, Senate, and Cabinet, and has built bridges with the US Congress in order to educate decision-makers about violations of religious freedom around the world. He has testified before the United States Congress, the Canadian Government and the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

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Rev. El Shafie  has advocated on behalf of Christians, Falun Gong, Jews, Bahá’í’s, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and China’s Uyghur Muslims, among others.

Leading North American and international news media have featured his work which has also been the subject of an international award-winning feature-length documentary the Freedom Fighter, and subsequently the book the Freedom Fighter which was published depicting Rev. El Shafie’s fight for “one free world.”

The Freedom Fighter shows the world what is happening to the Christians and other minorities in places where extremism, hate and fear seem to have all the power, with no one to challenge them. It follows the efforts of Rev. Majed over a four year period, as he travels to Pakistan and Afghanistan to investigate claims of abuse, persecution and slavery. You will also witness the horrific story of what happened to a little girl and her family in Pakistan and Rev. Majed’s fight to save their lives. As Rev. El Shafie always says …. “They can kill the dreamer, but they cannot kill the dream.”

For more information about One Free World International and Rev. El Shafie please visit:  www.onefreeworldinternational.org

Rev. Majed El Shafie is a human rights advocate and founder of One Free World International (OFWI).