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ASYLUM: A HOME FOR THE OPPRESSED

Religious Freedom PosterNovember 9, 2007

Pepperdine School of Law's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics hosted a conference examining religious-based claims for asylum titled "Asylum: A Home for the Oppressed," on November 9 on Pepperdine's Malibu campus.

The continuing war on Christians in Sudan and Eritrea, the Iranian crackdown on all religious practice except certain forms of Islam, and tales of religious persecution worldwide have a common thread: religious oppression of a kind not found in the United States.

This conference was an important time for lawmakers, religious leaders, lawyers and ordinary citizens to understand the problems faced by those suffering at the hand of true religious extremism, and how U.S. asylum laws can help, if enforced correctly. The panel discussions examined religious-based claims for asylum to better understand U.S. laws crafted for the protection of the world's religious refugees and other prisoners of conscience, expressed the University's solidarity with those persons persecuted for their nonviolent confessions of faith.

Panels and presentations included:
• Overview of International Religious Freedom and U.S. Asylum Law
• Jurisprudential Issues in U.S. Religious-Based Asylum Claims
• Professor Karen Musalo, Dean Kenneth W. Starr
• International Religious-Based Asylum Claims

Featured speaker:
• Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper U.S. ambassador-at-large in charge of the secretary of state's Office of War Crimes Issues

For more details, download the conference brochure here.