Julia A. Seymour

Julia has worked as a writer in the Washington, D.C., area since 2005 and was a fall 2012 participant in a World Journalism Institute mid-career class conducted by WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky in Asheville, N.C. Follow Julia on Twitter @SteakandaBible.

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Too soon to go home

International | Repatriation effort fails as Rohingya demand rights before returning to Myanmar
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/27/19, 05:18 pm

Thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh refused to go back to Myanmar last week due to fears of further persecution. Myanmar, also known as Burma, granted more than 3,000 refugees permission to return home, beginning with a few hundred specific families. Some refugees left the refugee camp just across the border and hid in fear of being forcibly returned, while others told reporters and human rights groups they needed assurances of safety and citizenship.

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Persecution mounting

International | A new report finds increasing worldwide oppression of Christians, especially women
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/22/19, 03:20 pm

Authoritarianism, religious nationalism, and spreading Islamic extremism fueled the unprecedented growth of persecution against Christians last year, according to a new report from Open Doors. The organization released its annual World Watch List on Wednesday.

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China defends internment camps for Muslim minority

by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 10/16/18, 11:18 am

Chinese officials on Tuesday responded to criticism of the country’s mass internment of Muslims, saying the reeducation camps push people into the “modern, civilized” world. The statement came after reports that China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has legalized what it called “vocational training centers” for Uighur Muslims to prevent the growth of religious extremism.

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