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

Algeria: Arbitrary Closures of Protestant Churches and Prosecution of Christians Continue through 2021

On 20 August 2021, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), 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 48th session, which will take place from 13 September to 8 October 2021.

Austria

Austria: Expand and systematize existing training on human trafficking for the police and health professionals

At the 47th session of the Human Rights Council during the adoption of the UPR outcome of Austria, together with our member Austrian Evangelical Alliance and Austrian Initiative for People in Prostitution Herzwerk, we called on the Government of Austria to continue with its efforts in tackling human trafficking. While welcoming the Government’s support of …

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Australia

Australia: Abolish the practice of arresting and incarcerating children under 16

Together with Ethos: Australian Evangelical Alliance’s Centre for Christianity and Society, the World Evangelical Alliance stressed the importance of respecting inalienable human rights and freedoms, including protection of minority rights and freedom of expression in Australia, at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council during the adoption of the UPR outcome of Australia. We …

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Nepal: Amend Penal Code to Comply with Human Rights Standards

In Nepal, criminal charges of conversion by force or inducement are used to hinder the enjoyment of religious freedom. More than 30 Christians were arrested and taken to court on charges of “conversion” during 2018 and 2019. At the Human Rights Council’s 47th session in June and July 2021, during the Adoption of the UPR …

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States’ Pandemic Response Should be Inclusive of their Religious Minorities

On 21 June 2021, at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, during the interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the central role of the State in responding to pandemics, the World Evangelical Alliance made an oral statement via video calling on States to hold a dialogue with their religious …

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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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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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