Month: March 2021

Sudan: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Women’s Rights – Report to the UPR 39th session

The World Evangelical Alliance, Open Doors International and Middle East Concern submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sudan during the UPR 39th session of the UPR, on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Women’s Rights in Sudan, on 25 March 2021.

Greece: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Report to the UPR 39th session

The World Evangelical Alliance, the European Evangelical Alliance and the Greek Evangelical Alliance submitted to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review of Greece during the UPR 39th session, on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Greece. Our report addressed prohibition of proselytism, the creation of legal entities under the 2014 Law …

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National Evangelical Alliances Provide Good Examples of Standing Up Against Discrimination, Exclusion and Scapegoating.

On 3 March 2021 at the Human Rights Council 46th Session, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief presented his report on Anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination and the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. The Interactive Dialogue was an opportunity for the WEA to provide good examples of inter-faith solidarity …

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Libya: Recognize the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in line with Article 18 of the ICCPR

At the Human Rights Council 46th Session, during the adoption of Libya’s report by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, we stressed the importance of respecting the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and called on the government of Libya to bring the 2017 draft Constitution in line with Article 18 of the …

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Maldives: Ensure Respect for the Right to Have or Adopt a Religion of One’s Choice – Oral Statement

At the Human Rights Council 46th Session, during the adoption of Maldives’ report by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, the WEA stressed the importance of respecting the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and called on the government of Maldives to withdraw its reservation to Article 18 of the ICCPR, and to …

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Malawi: Anti-Trafficking Measures Welcomed and Should Continue

During the Human Rights Council 46th Session, the adoption of Malawi’s report by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group was an opportunity for the WEA to welcome the anti-trafficking efforts and commitments by Malawi’s government. WEA underscored the importance of continued efforts to counter human trafficking, as had been mentioned in our pre-session briefing …

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Statement: Pandemic Has Exacerbated Religiously-Motivated Stigmatization and Violence

On 25 February 2021 at the Human Rights Council 46th Session, during the Agenda Item 2 General Debate, the World Evangelical Alliance said that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated religiously-motivated stigmatization and violence in many countries, providing examples form India and Sri Lanka. Read the statement.

Algeria: Allow re-opening of all Protestant Churches

On 11 March 2021 at the Human Rights Council 46th session, during the Agenda Item 4 General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention, the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and Christian Solidarity Worldwide expressed grave concern at the ongoing closure of Protestant churches in Algeria. Read our statement.

Joint Statement on the sanctions imposed on Syria

On 9 March 2021, during the the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, the World Evangelical Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, the World Council of Churches, and other Christian organizations, made the following statement on unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria, that are seriously hampering the ability of NGOs and Church-based organisations to deliver essential aid …

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