Geneva

Addressing the Situation of Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka and in Afghanistan during the Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

On 14 September 2021, at the Human Rights Council 48th Session, the World Evangelical Alliance urged the High Commissioner to include Christian and other religious minorities in her reporting on Sri Lanka and on Afghanistan. Our statement highlighted incidents of religious violence and intolerance against Protestant Christians in Sri Lanka, and that religious minorities in …

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Impact of Sanctions on Humanitarian Work of Evangelical Churches and Organizations – WEA Statement

On 28 September 2021, Caritas Internationalis and the World Evangelical Alliance organized a virtual side-event, on the occasion of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, on the topic of “Assessing the humanitarian impact of unilateral sanctions.” The event panel consisted of prof. Alena Douhan, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral …

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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.

Uganda: Report and Recommendations on Human Trafficking to the Universal Periodic Review

On 14 July 2021, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Salvation Army submitted a joint-report to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review Working Group, ahead of the review of Uganda at the Human Rights Council in January 2022. Our report called on the Ugandan Government to adopt anti-trafficking measures related to the protection of child …

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Central African Alliance: End Impunity, Combat Disinformation

On 9 July 2021, at the Human Rights Council 47th session, the World Evangelical Alliance and Caritas Internationalis appealed for impartial investigations to be conducted in order to combat impunity in CAR as well as disinformation campaigns. And we strongly condemn the attack by the Coalition of Patriots for Change on June 4 against Reverend …

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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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