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John Graz is secretary-general of the International Religious Liberty Association.


The Grand Tradition

November, 2013

"Liberty Insider" host, Lincoln Steed, and IRLA Secretary General, Dr. John Graz, share their memories and admiration for long time religious liberty advocate, Dr. Bert Beach.

The Circus is in Town

November, 2013

Guest panelist Dr. John Graz, secretary-general of the International Religious Liberty Association, shares his vision for spreading religious freedom across the globe by way of regional festivals.

Spinning Globe

November, 2013

Liberty editor, Lincoln Steed, and Seventh-day Adventist world church religious liberty director, Dr. John Graz, discuss global trends and challenges in the world of religious liberty.

On the Beach

November, 2013

Guest panelist Dr. John Graz, religious liberty director for the Seventh-day Adventist world church, describes the recent Religious Liberty World Congress in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


November, 2013

Liberty editor, Lincoln Steed, and Seventh-day Adventist world church religious liberty director, John Graz, critique the 10th annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which featured a keynote address by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird.

A Very Human Thing

November, 2013

Liberty editor, Lincoln Steed, and Seventh-day Adventist world church Public Affairs & Religious Liberty director, Dr. John Graz, examine secularism and its influence on contemporary religious freedom.


Talking of Freedom

July, 2015

An interview with Ted N.C. Wilson, world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, by John Graz, secretary-General of the iIternational Religious Liberty Association.

The Long Journey to Religious Freedom

September, 2014

Every promoter and defender of religious freedom should once in a while visit a few historical sites related to the struggle. It will inspire them. This is...

Condemned by Phone

November, 2013

The wrong way to implement a blasphemy law.

Sao Paulo Has Its Day of Religious Freedom

September, 2013

A look at the Annual Religious Freedom Day in Sao Paolo, Brazil May 25, 2013.

A Festival in Chiapas

July, 2013

More than 25,000 people attended the 2013 Festival of Religious Freedom in Tuxtla GutiĆ©rrez. This was the largest celebration of its kind in a region that has seen thousands persecuted for their faith. 

The Nightmare of Detention

March, 2013

One of the worst nightmares would have to be detention in an overcrowded prison without knowing why or for how long. You might have done nothing wrong, but you are treated like a murderer.

An Edict

January, 2013

The year A.D. 313 is an important date in the history of religious freedom.

A Changing World

March, 2012

The IRLA's seventh world congress in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, promises to be an "exciting and historic" event.

Facing Up to the Burqa

July, 2011

There is a new law in France forbidding women wearing full-face veils in public. The media has largely focused on the voices of protest from religious...

A Message of Encouragement

May, 2011

It is a great honor for me to receive the First Freedom National Award in the city of Richmond. We are just footsteps away from the place where the...

And the Crowd Roared “Freedom”

January, 2010

Report from Peru

Defaming Religious Freedom

July, 2009

On Thursday, March 26, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations passed early in the afternoon the Resolution on Defamation of Religion. There...

What a Blessed Country It Is!

November, 2008

A group of officials from a country in Central Asia were visiting the International Religious Liberty Association at the world headquarters of the...

Affirming Freedom

July, 2007

The Sixth World Congress organized by the International Religious Liberty Association was its first world congress organized in Africa, and the biggest...

Focused on Freedom

March, 2007

It has taken centuries for a true recognition of the fact that religious freedom is a fundamental freedom and a basic human right. The Universal...

Religious Freedom in the third Millenium

September, 2006

During the night of March 27, 2005, large graffiti was written on the walls of the Adventist Theological College in Belgrade, Serbia, with these...

Religious Territorialism

January, 2005

A remarkable conflict is under way between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church over the issue of proselytism. It is remarkable...

Keep Your Religion at Home

May, 2004

France clearly has a problem with its religious minorities. But is it a cultural, political, or social problem?

French - Anti-Sect Policy Shifting?

January, 2003

France has been the leader of a very restrictive policy against sects and cults for several years. One man has illustrated this better than anyone else: Alain Vivien!

No Sects, Please; We’re French

January, 2002

French antisect politicians and activists want to lead a world crusade against “dangerous” or “potentially dangerous” religious groups. They have no legal definition of the word sect, which is terribly confusing, but they agree to use

The State of Religious Liberty

January, 2000

This article has become the cornerstone of the international instruments defending religious freedom. In the General Comment we read: "The fundamental...

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