Freedom of Religion

Portugal: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Report to the UPR 47th session

On 5 April 2024, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA), and the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance (AEP) submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Portugal scheduled for November 2024 during the UPR 47th session. Our joint submission reported on the right to […]

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WEA calls on Algeria to overturn convictions of Pastor Youssef Ourahmane and other Christians

The World Evangelical Alliance called on the government of Algeria to allow the re-opening of all Protestant churches and to overturn convictions of individual Christians, including that of Pastor Youssef Ourahmane, who was sentenced in absentia to two years in prison and a fine on charges of holding an unauthorized religious assembly and holding worship

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WEA Statement at the Human Rights Council Panel on Countering Religious Hatred

The World Evangelical Alliance appealed to States and religious communities to pursue and strengthen national and international multi-faith forums in order to counter hate speech while upholding freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression. The oral statement was made at the Human Rights Council 55th session, during the Panel discussion on

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WEA shares examples of Evangelicals engaging in multi-faith dialogue, combating hate speech

The World Evangelical Alliance shared examples of Evangelicals around the world seeking relationships that foster mutual understanding and empathy among religious communities and prevent hateful speech. The WEA further highlights challenges faced by Evangelical communities such as laws and regulations that undermine the right to freedom of religion or belief. The oral statement was made

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WEA urges Sri Lanka to end religious freedom violations, repeal Online Safety Act

The World Evangelical Alliance urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate the Easter Sunday bombings and bring perpetrators to justice, to end violations of freedom of religion or belief, to repeal the Online Safety Act, and to refrain from mandating registration for places of worship. The oral statement was made at the Human Rights Council

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Report: The Paradox of Hate Speech Legislative Restrictions

On 30 October 2023, the World Evangelical Alliance submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in response to the Special Rapporteur’s call for input on “Advocacy of Hatred Based on Religion or Belief – Transformative Responses”. In our report, we address the paradox of the rise of

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Yemen: Religious Freedom and Status of the Christian Church – Report to the UPR 46th session

On 11 October 2023, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) submitted a report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Yemen scheduled for 1 May 2024 during the UPR 46th session. Our submission reported on the situation of freedom of religion or belief in Yemen, addressing cases of religiously driven

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Eritrea: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Joint Report to the UPR 46th session

On 10 October 2023, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the Pentecostal world Fellowship (PWF), the Pentecostal Commission on Religious Liberty (PCRL), and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Eritrea scheduled for 6 May 2024 during the UPR 46th session.

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WEA calls people of all faiths to model tolerance and compassion towards other religious groups

The World Evangelical Alliance called for collaboration across faith traditions to promote a shared understanding of how our increasingly pluralistic societies can be inclusive, tolerant, welcoming and flourishing, at the Human Rights Council. The WEA stressed that addressing drivers, root causes, and Human Rights impacts of religious hatred needs to account for the presence and

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WEA calls on France to ensure that new laws on worship respect freedom of religion

The World Evangelical Alliance called on the government of France to ensure that new legislation on worship is not restrictive or constraining, is applied harmoniously across the territory of France by departments and prefectures, and with adequate attention to the needs of diaspora religious communities in France. The WEA further invited France to include anti-religious

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