Month: August 2020

Maldives: Freedom of Religion or Belief, Freedom of Expression, and the Right of Peaceful Assembly

On 14 August 2020, the World Evangelical Alliance reported to the Human Rights Committee on the situation of freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly in the Maldives, ahead of the consideration of the List of Issues Prior Reporting for the Maldives during the Committee’s 130th session in …

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Libya: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Non-Discrimination

The World Evangelical Alliance, together with Open Doors and Middle East Concern, reported to the Human Rights Committee, on 17 August 2020, on the situation of freedom of religion or belief in Libya, ahead of the consideration of the List of Issues Prior Reporting for Libya during the Committee’s 130th session in October 2020.

India: Anti-Conversion Laws Threaten Freedom of Religion of Belief and Religious Harmony

Though religiously-motivated violence has existed for years in India, evidence suggests Hindu extremists have created an environment of hate and intolerance toward minority religions in the recent years, primarily against Christians and Muslims. This environment has seen an escalation of violence, social ostracism, property destruction, hate speech, disruption and condemnation of peaceful non-Hindu religious activities, …

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Pakistan: Abduction, Religious Conversion, and Forced Marriage of Minors from Minority Religious Groups

Despite local and international advocacy, girls under the age of 18, belonging to minority religious groups in Pakistan, and to disadvantaged social classes, remain under the threat of abduction, forced conversion to Islam, and forced marriages. On 20 August 2020, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the …

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Algeria: Protestant Churches Forcibly Closed

Over a dozen of churches in Algeria remain forcibly closed by Algeria authorities, in violation of the right to freedom of religion or belief. The World Evangelical Alliance, together with the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, the Protestant Church of Algeria and the Middle East Concern, raised …

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