Mission & History
CSI is an international Christian human rights organization, campaigning for religious liberty and human dignity, and assisting victims of religious persecution, victimized children and victims of catastrophe. CSI was founded in 1977 in Switzerland by Rev. Hans Stückelberger, following peaceful demonstrations in support of persecuted Christians.
CSI is currently the only organization working to liberate Christians and other South Sudanese forced into slavery by government-backed forces during the Sudanese civil war.
CSI delivers food assistance, medical treatment, and other lifesaving aid to victims of religious terror and natural disaster in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Sudan, Pakistan, and other hotspots around the globe.
On the political front, CSI works to document and publicize violations of religious freedom. Through congressional testimony, media outreach and direct lobbying, CSI works to pressure the U.S. and other governments to take a stand for religious freedom.
CSI’s objective is worldwide respect for the God-given right of every human being to choose his or her faith and to practice it, as stipulated in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
At the same time, CSI is built on biblical foundations:
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.” Isaiah 1:17
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Isaiah 61:1
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” I Corinthians 12:26
CSI-USA Board of Directors
- Dr. John Eibner, Acting Chairman
- Herbert Meier, Secretary
- Markus Weber, CFO
- Rev. Gerald Bell
- Simon Deng
- Valentina Sawelenko
CSI-USA and other CSI national affiliates are represented on CSI’s International Council, presided over by the International President, Herbert Meier. In addition to the United States, CSI has affiliates in the following countries: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Netherlands, and Switzerland.