Freedom of Religion

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.

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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Turkey: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Submission to the Human Rights Committee 132nd session

The Protestan Kiliseler Derneği (Association of Protestant Churches – Turkey), the World Evangelical Alliance, the European Evangelical Alliance, and Middle East Concern jointly submitted a report to the Human Rights Committee, on 7 May 2021, ahead of the consideration of the List of Issues Prior Reporting for Turkey during the Committee’s 132nd session in June …

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France: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Submission to the Human Rights Committee 132nd session

With the support of the World Evangelical Alliance and the European Evangelical Alliance, the National Council of Evangelicals in France – Conseil National des Evangéliques de France CNEF – reported to the Human Rights Committee, on 6 May 2021, on (1) freedom of religion or belief and the proposed modifications to the regime of the …

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Sudan: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Women’s Rights – Report to the UPR 39th session

The World Evangelical Alliance, Open Doors International and Middle East Concern submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sudan during the UPR 39th session of the UPR, on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Women’s Rights in Sudan, on 25 March 2021.

Greece: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Report to the UPR 39th session

The World Evangelical Alliance, the European Evangelical Alliance and the Greek Evangelical Alliance submitted to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review of Greece during the UPR 39th session, on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Greece. Our report addressed prohibition of proselytism, the creation of legal entities under the 2014 Law …

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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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