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Oral statements made at, and written submissions submitted to, the Human Rights Council.

WEA marks the 30th anniversary of the massacre of Armenian Christians during the first Karabakh war

The World Evangelical Alliance marked the thirtieth anniversary of the massacre of Armenian Christians in Maragha village in Nagorno-Karabakh during the first Karabakh war and urged the international community to honour the memory of the victims of Maragha by making good on its many promises to prevent and punish the crime of genocide. The statement …

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Sri Lanka: Ensure full accountability for violence and discrimination against religious minorities

The World Evangelical Alliance, jointly with Baptist World Alliance and ADF International, called on Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), to withdraw unlawful circulars and policies pertaining to registering places of worship, and to ensure full accountability for acts of violence, discrimination and harassment against religious minorities. The statement was made …

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Central African Republic: Call for the respect of the ceasefire

The World Evangelical Alliance, jointly with Caritas Internationalis, called on all parties in Central African Republic to respect the ceasefire, for dialogue between the government and the armed groups, and the implementation of a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process with a view to the return of the exercise of sovereign powers by the State and …

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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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Algeria: End persecution of Evangelical Protestants and allow churches to reopen

On 22 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the general debate under Agenda Item 4, the World Evangelical Alliance called on Algerian authorities to end their persecution of Protestant and Evangelical Christians, rescind the unjust court sentences, and allow the churches forcibly closed to reopen.

WEA shares examples of Evangelical engagement for peace and reconciliation in CAR, Lebanon, Colombia

On 10 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, the World Evangelical Alliance shared several examples of Evangelical engagement for peace and reconciliation in situations of conflict and insecurity in several parts of the world, such as the Central …

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WEA appeal against anti-conversion laws in several Asian nations

On 8 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the general debate under Agenda Item 2, the World Evangelical Alliance urged Russia to stop its attack on Ukraine, to respect international law and the sanctity of human life. Furthermore, the WEA expressed its concerns about legislation on religious conversion targeting religious minorities …

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Afghanistan: Call for monitoring the situation of religious minorities, women, children and refugees

On 7 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Afghanistan, the World Evangelical Alliance, jointly with Baptist World Alliance and Jubilee Campaign, called on the OHCHR to monitor the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan, and recommended strong human rights pillar of the …

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Sri Lanka: Call for justice for religious minorities victims of violence, Easter Sunday bombings

On 7 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the interactive dialogue on the OHCHR written update on Sri Lanka, the World Evangelical Alliance urged the government of Sri Lanka to desist from mandating any form of registration of places of worship, and to achieve justice for the victims of the 2019 …

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Ethiopia: WEA Secretary General calls for immediate ceasefire and peace negotiations at Human Rights Council Special Session

On 17 December 2021, the World Evangelical Alliance’s Secretary General Bishop Thomas Schirrmacher addressed the UN Human Rights Council at its 33rd Special Session on the grave human rights situation in Ethiopia. Bishop Schirrmacher called on all parties to the conflict for an immediate ceasefire and to initiate negotiations to bring lasting peace. He underscored …

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