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

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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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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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.

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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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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Syria: Immediate Action Needed for Permanent Ceasefire and Response to Humanitarian Crisis

At the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, during the Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic, the World Evangelical Alliance made a statement calling all parties involved in the Syrian conflict for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and putting an end to human rights and humanitarian law violations. We reiterated …

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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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