Freedom of Religion

Minority rights coalition sheds light on India’s human rights record for UN’s fourth Universal Periodic Review

[Washington D.C., London, Geneva] 17 June 2022. A new coalition of minority rights campaigners says that minorities in India are on the edge of a precipice as their rights and freedoms have eroded in the face of a growing violent majoritarian ideology. As UN member states prepare to gather in November to review India’s human …

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Algeria: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Report to the UPR 41st session

On 30 March 2022, the World Evangelical Alliance, the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), and Middle East Concern submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Algeria scheduled for November 2022 during …

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Greece : Amend or annul the legal provisions prohibiting proselytism

The World Evangelical Alliance called on Greece to take measures to guarantee that options available for religious classes include all the country’s major religious denominations, and to amend or annul the legal provisions prohibiting proselytism. The statement was made at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the Council’s adoption of the Universal Periodic Review …

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Algeria: End persecution of Evangelical Protestants and allow churches to reopen

On 22 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the general debate under Agenda Item 4, the World Evangelical Alliance called on Algerian authorities to end their persecution of Protestant and Evangelical Christians, rescind the unjust court sentences, and allow the churches forcibly closed to reopen.

WEA appeal against anti-conversion laws in several Asian nations

On 8 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the general debate under Agenda Item 2, the World Evangelical Alliance urged Russia to stop its attack on Ukraine, to respect international law and the sanctity of human life. Furthermore, the WEA expressed its concerns about legislation on religious conversion targeting religious minorities …

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Afghanistan: Call for monitoring the situation of religious minorities, women, children and refugees

On 7 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Afghanistan, the World Evangelical Alliance, jointly with Baptist World Alliance and Jubilee Campaign, called on the OHCHR to monitor the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan, and recommended strong human rights pillar of the …

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Sri Lanka: Call for justice for religious minorities victims of violence, Easter Sunday bombings

On 7 March 2022, at the Human Rights Council 49th session, during the interactive dialogue on the OHCHR written update on Sri Lanka, the World Evangelical Alliance urged the government of Sri Lanka to desist from mandating any form of registration of places of worship, and to achieve justice for the victims of the 2019 …

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Sudan: Despite Progress, Discrimination and Violence Against Christians Continue

On 6 October 2021, at the Human Rights Council 48th session, the World Evangelical Alliance participated in the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the Sudan. We urged the government of Sudan to ensure the protection of religious minorities and bring its legislation in compliance with Article 18 of the …

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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.