India

WEA calls on India and Algeria to repeal stringent legal restrictions on NGO access to funding

On 20 June 2022, at the Human Rights Council 50th session, during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, the World Evangelical Alliance called on the governments of India and Algeria to repeal laws that put stringent requirements and restrictions on access to funding and require additional burdensome …

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Minority rights coalition sheds light on India’s human rights record for UN’s fourth Universal Periodic Review

[Washington D.C., London, Geneva] 17 June 2022. A new coalition of minority rights campaigners says that minorities in India are on the edge of a precipice as their rights and freedoms have eroded in the face of a growing violent majoritarian ideology. As UN member states prepare to gather in November to review India’s human …

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Statement: The Plight of Religious Minorities is Under-Reported in the UN System

On 22 September 2021, at the Human Rights Council 48th session, the World Evangelical Alliance urged the High Commissioner, the Human Rights Council, and United Nations Special Procedures to include Christians and other religious minorities, when warranted, in their statements and reporting, and to highlight not only the vulnerability of these groups, but also their …

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India and Nepal: Disinformation and Hatred Against Religious Minorities

On 28 May 2021, the World Evangelical Alliance submitted a written statement to the Human Rights Council’s 47th session, which takes place from 21 June to 15 July 2021. The statement addresses ideological and identity-based disinformation promoted by Hindu nationalist groups in India and Nepal and that have been used against religious minority groups, particularly …

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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.

Statement: States Should Take Pro-Active Measures Against the Use of Hate Speech to Target Minorities

At the Human Rights Council 46th Session, during Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on minority issues regarding report on hate speech, social media and minorities, the World Evangelical Alliance made a statement providing examples of hate speech being used as a tool to target religious minorities in India and Sri Lanka. We urged governments and elected …

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India: Anti-Conversion Laws Incentivize Violence Against Religious Minorities – Submission to the Human Rights Council

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) submitted a joint written statement to the Human Rights Council’s 46th session, which will take place from February 22 to March 23, 2021. The statement addresses the increasingly deteriorating environment for religious minorities in India in 2020 and the incitement to religious violence …

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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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Discrimination against Muslim and Christian Dalits in India and abduction of Christians in Malaysia – Oral Statement at the Human Rights Council

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) delivered an oral statement to the Human Rights Council’s 43rd session, March 11, 2020, addressing the violence targeting the Muslim Community and the discrimination against Dalits belonging to minority faiths in India, and finally the abduction of four Christian workers in Malaysia.