Freedom of Religion

Reversing the Trend: Minority Rights in India – Webinar

Webinar date and time: 3 October 2022, 18:30 New Delhi time, 15:00 Geneva time, 09:00 Washington D.C. time Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RpIj6-fgQ_OZ8M19URCNig In India, incitement, disinformation and stigmatization of minority faith groups, including by senior political figures, have led to a surge of hate speech in social media, and increasing hostility and violence against religious minorities. Anti-conversion …

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Sri Lanka: Ensure full accountability for violence and discrimination against religious minorities

The World Evangelical Alliance, jointly with Baptist World Alliance and ADF International, called on Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), to withdraw unlawful circulars and policies pertaining to registering places of worship, and to ensure full accountability for acts of violence, discrimination and harassment against religious minorities. The statement was made …

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Iran: Freedom of Religion or Belief – Joint Report to the Human Rights Committee 136th Session

On 17 August 2022, the World Evangelical Alliance, Open Doors, Article 18, and Middle East Concern submitted a joint report to the to the Human Rights Committee ahead of the consideration of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting for Iran during the Committee’s 136th session, October-November 2022. Our joint submission reported on freedom of …

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Sri Lanka: Religious Minorities and Freedom of Religion – Report to the UPR 42nd session

On 14 July 2022, the World Evangelical Alliance, the Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA), and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka scheduled for February 2023 during the UPR 42nd session. Our joint submission reported on the situation of religious …

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Switzerland: Solidarity Crime & Discrimination on Basis of Religion – Report to the UPR 42nd session

On 8 July 2022, the World Evangelical Alliance, Freikirchen.ch, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (SEA-RES), and the European Evangelical Alliance submitted a joint report to the Human Rights Council ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland scheduled for January 2023 during the UPR 42nd session. Our joint submission reported on the criminalization of the …

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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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