- Jan 28, 2020
Government restrictions on religion continued to rise across the globe in 2016, according to a recently released Pew study, which linked the stifling of religion to nationalist parties and organizations.
Religious freedom conditions worsened across the globe in the past year, according to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom’s 2018 report, released April 25.
“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback at an event marking the second anniversary of U.S. recognition that the Islamic State committed genocide against religious minorities, including Christians, in Syria and Iraq.
Once more Pope Francis speaks up in defense of persecuted Yazidi communities in the Middle East.
The United Nations special investigator on religious rights called for the repeal of all laws that undermine the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief — or discriminate against that right. “Increases in unlawful government restrictions against religious groups remain one of the primary and most fundamental factors resulting in higher levels of religious intolerance in any given society,” Ahmed Shaheed said.
Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, told the United Nations in New York that although every recognized faith group experiences some form of oppression globally, Christians remain the most persecuted. The archbishop was citing findings from a number of extensively researched reports.