Majed El Shafie to Testify Before Parliament of Canada; Featured on VisionTV’s Human Rights Week

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Rev. Majed El Shafie will appear before Canada's Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons on Tuesday, September 30, to speak about the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq. His testimony will coincide with VisionTV’s Human Rights Week, which will highlight his work with persecuted Christians and other religious minorities.

Rev. Majed El Shafie speaks at a rally in Toronto on September 13, 2014, following his return from Iraq.

On Tuesday, September 30, One Free World International (OFWI) founder, Rev. Majed El Shafie, will appear before Canada's Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons to speak about the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq. El Shafie traveled to Iraq in August, leading a delegation which included three Canadian Members of Parliament. At the request of United States Congressman Christopher Smith, El Shafie submitted a report about his trip to Iraq to the United States Congress on September 10th.

El Shafie’s testimony will coincide with VisionTV’s Human Rights Week, which will highlight his work with persecuted Christians and other religious minorities. Starting on September 29th, VisionTV and Executive Producer Moses Znaimer will present a week of documentary specials exposing mass atrocities, religious persecution and intolerance around the world. El Shafie and OFWI will be featured in the following VisionTV presentations:

GENOCIDE IN IRAQ: A ZNEWS SPECIAL
*Monday, September 29 at 9:00pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 1:00am ET
This Znews special exposes the dire situation in Iraq and the grave injustices being perpetrated against Yazidi people.

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
*Monday, September 29 at 10:30pm ET
Award-winning filmmaker and accomplished foreign correspondent Martin Himel, along with human rights activist Rev. Majed El Shafie, travel to risky and previously inaccessible locations in Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan to explore some of the atrocities that Christians are facing.

FREEDOM FIGHTER
*Monday, September 29 at 11:30pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00pm ET
Rev. Majed El Shafie was arrested, tortured and sentenced to die in Egypt after he converted from Islam to Christianity. His dramatic story, and those of others worldwide who are suffering persecution, are told in shocking detail in this award-winning human rights documentary. This powerful film follows El Shafie as he travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan seeking out those persecuted for their religious beliefs, and challenging their governments to change.

THE ZOOMER: ARE RELIGIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN FANATICS?
*Monday, September 29 at 9:30pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 12:30am ET
Conrad Black and Denis Donlon host a heated roundtable discussion on religious fanaticism with special guests Rev. Majed El Shafie, journalist/author/activist Tarek Fatah, Context TV-host Lorna Dueck, Air India victim activist Dr. Bal Gupta, Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, Rev. Damien MacPherson from the Archdiocese of Toronto, and former Islamist radical turned CSIS operative and now a professor at Seneca College, Mubin Shaikh.

“We are thankful for VisionTV and their willingness to support human rights around the world,” says El Shafie. “Remember that the persecuted Christians are dying every day, but they are still smiling. They are in a very deep dark night, but they have the candle of the Lord. The enemy can have a very strong weapon and a very strong army, but we have the Lord Almighty.”

El Shafie has a unique voice, having once been arrested, tortured, and sentenced to die in Egypt for defending human rights and fighting for freedom of religion and the rights of minorities. He regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament and Senate, and he's a frequent guest on news outlets worldwide, including FOX News Radio, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Phil Valentine, Laura Ingraham, CBN News, CBC, Sun News Network, CTV News, American Family Radio and many more. He now resides in Canada and fights for those persecuted around the world through his human rights organization, One Free World International. 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.

For more information on Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International, visit http://www.onefreeworldinternational.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International:
Brian Mayes
brian(at)nashvillepublicity(dot)com
615.771.2040

For VisionTV:
Leanne Wright
leanne(at)zoomer(dot)ca
416.886.6873

WHERE TO WATCH VISIONTV:
Rogers channel 60 and 237
Bell 261
Or check your local listings
Full schedule at http://www.visiontv.ca

FREEDOM FIGHTER is available now on DVD from Destiny Image Films. A companion book, FREEDOM FIGHTER: One Man's Fight for One Free World, is also available wherever books are sold. For more information, visit http://www.freedomfighterdvd.com.

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