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Algeria: Protestant Churches Face Arbitrary Closures – Submission to the Human Rights Council

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the Middle East Concern (MEC) and the Protestant Church of Algeria, (Église Protestante d’Algérie – EPA) 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 forced closure of Protestant churches and refusal …

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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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République Centrafricaine: Les efforts pour la paix et contre l’impunité doivent s’intensifier

A la 45ème session du conseil des droits de l’homme, l’Alliance Evangélique Mondiale appelle à l’intensification et l’accélération de la lutte contre l’impunité. Ces efforts doivent être davantage soutenus, pour que la lutte contre l’impunité déploie pleinement ses effets et contribue à ce que les Centrafricains puissent vivre à nouveau sereinement dans un pays pacifié, …

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Sudan: Further Reforms Needed to Ensure Full Respect of the Right to Freedom of Religion

In July 2020 the transitional government repealed Article 126 of the penal code that prescribed death sentence for leaving Islam. The same reforms, however, did not repeal Article 125 of the Penal Code, which prescribes blasphemy as a criminal offense. The World Evangelical Alliance’s Geneva Liaison Office read a statement at the Human Rights Council’s …

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Nepal: Baptist World Alliance, WEA Call on Government to Enact Legislation for Church Registration

Nepal’s Constitution states that “Every religious denomination shall have the right to operate and protect its religious sites and religious trusts.” However, the Nepalese government has yet to enacted the legislation for registration of churches and their properties. The statement was read at the Human Rights Council’s 45th session in the General Debate under Agenda …

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Pakistan: Protect underage girls belonging to religious minorities from abduction & forced marriages

Pakistani authorities have failed to bring justice in cases of abduction and forced marriages of underage girls belonging to religious minorities. The World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide made a joint-statement at the Human Rights Council’s 45th session calling on the government of Pakistan to bring justice to these …

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Joint Statement: Deep Concern on the Negative Impacts of Unilateral Coercive Measures

During the the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Caritas Internationalis in a statement co-sponsored by the WEA and other religious groups, expressed deep concern about the negative economic, social and humanitarian consequences of unilateral sanctions, especially those introduced without and beyond the authorization of the UN Security Council.

Zimbabwe: WEA and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe Call for an Inclusive and Transparent Dialogue

The World Evangelical Alliance and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe call on the Government of Zimbabwe for a dialogue with all components of Zimbabwean society to address the underlying causes of the current crisis, notably due to COVID-19 pandemic, economic collapse, deepening poverty, food insecurity, corruption and human rights abuses. The statement was delivered by …

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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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