The delegation, which arrives in Washington, DC today, includes Members of Canadian Parliament and Senate

Human rights activist Majed El Shafie, President and Founder of One Free World International, is leading the very first Canadian delegation to visit the United States for the sole purpose of discussing freedom of religion and the rights of minorities around the world. The delegation consists of El Shafie and various Members of Canadian Parliament and Senate as observers, who will be meeting with members of the US Congress and Senate and other U.S. Government officials to discuss the American and Canadian missions to Afghanistan and Iraq, relations with Egypt and Pakistan in light of the so-called “Arab Spring” and the ensuing threats to the state of Israel.

One Free World International is an international human rights organization based in Toronto, Canada, that focuses on the rights of religious minorities around the world and promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for diverse religious beliefs. The organization promotes awareness of human rights abuses and comes to the aid of those who are suffering because of their religious beliefs or expression.

On Tuesday, April 17th, One Free World International is hosting a public reception in the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2237) from 5pm-7pm.

One Free World International Delegation:
• Majed El Shafie, One Free World International
• Senator Don Meredith
• Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament
• Hélène Laverdière, Member of Parliament
• Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament
• Kelly Block, Member of Parliament
• Mario Silva, Former Member of Parliament
• Brian Mayes, One Free World International
• Jim Knarr, One Free World International
• Carl James Holcomb, One Free World International

In November, El Shafie testified before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights of the U.S. House of Representatives, regarding the persecution of the Coptic community in Egypt and Christian minorities in Iraq and Iran. His testimony also included details from One Free World International’s recent fact-finding missions to Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He returned in March to testify before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, co-chaired by Congressman Wolf and Congressman McGovern.

About Majed El Shafie:
Majed El Shafie was arrested, tortured and sentenced to die in Egypt because of his Christian faith. Today Rev. El Shafie lives in Canada and fights for those persecuted around the world. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and spiritual leaders, Rev. El Shafie has not been afraid to put everything on the line to help those in need. The upcoming award-winning documentary Freedom Fighter (Destiny Image Films) tells his story. To view the film’s trailer or to learn more about One Free World International, please visit

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