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Profile of Religious Freedom Issues Rises in US, Europe

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Human rights observers are noting a perceptible increase in the profile of religious freedom issues in the United States and Europe. President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 6 included many direct references to the issue of international religious freedom. The European Parliament has also just released its first annual report on religious freedom violations around the globe, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, has publicly called for more attention to be paid to severe persecution in nations like Syria, Egypt, and Nigeria.  

European Union Adopts New Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Monday, June 24th, 2013

In a positive development for the advancement of greater religious freedom around the world, the European Union has adopted new guidelines on protecting and promoting religious freedom. Although it may seem an unimportant development to some, the vast majority of the world's population lives with either government restrictions or social hostility towards them on the basis of their faith. Millions of Christians are unable to practice their faith freely or without fear of persecution in nations like China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. Each step taken by Western and other governments towards the promotion of greater religious freedom is a step that may help to reduce the persecution of Christians globally. 

CSW Calls for Increased Protection of Religious Freedom on Human Rights Day

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has been actively working with governments around the world to promote greater religious freedom. According to CSW, 2012 saw a greater focus on religious freedom issues in the past. The next challenge is to turn that focus into concrete action. 

European Parliament to Hold Hearing on Religious Freedom, Human Rights in China

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Christian Solidarity Worldwide will be hosting an important speaker and democracy activist, Dr. Yang Jianli, in Brussells next week to address the European Union Parliament on human rights issues in China. Despite rapid economic growth and some greater freedoms, China continues to repress religious freedom on a regular basis. Millions of Christians who attend China’s unregistered and therefore illegal house churches are at risk of arrest and government harassment. Arrests and temporary imprisonment in “black jails” or unofficial holding cells are not uncommon. Christians who actively work for greater religious freedom are more at risk and face years of potential imprisonment. 

Christians in Europe Face Persecution

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

A recent seminar in Britain drew comments from multiple members of parliament on the rise in discrimination and even outright persecution of Christians in Europe. ICC is closely monitoring the climate for Christians in both Europe and the United States as non-religious values increasingly play a leading role in politics and society. It is an unfortunate reality that what often begins as simply a marginalization of groups based on their religious beliefs can end in outright persecution.

Global Charter of Conscience Urges Renewed Religious Freedom

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

As restrictions on the freedom of religion and belief continue to grow worldwide, advocacy groups are pushing for a new international charter that protects the rights of individuals to choose their own faith. The charter has been introduced to the European Parliament in Brussels and received approval from some national leaders, however even if the charter is enacted some doubt if it will actually do anything to curb the persecution of religious minorities. 

Sharia Court Opens In Belgium

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Sharia laws are discriminatory against non-Muslims and have been criticized for their incompatibility with principles of human rights.

German professor named UN’s top expert on religious freedom

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

German human-rights expert Heiner Bielefeldt has been named the new UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief. He starts the job in August.

Institute report to UN details systematic religious discrimination in Belgium

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

As part of a United Nations process to combat the defamation of religions, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy has submitted a report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights chronicling religious freedom abuses in Belgium.

The Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians of Iraq Demonstrate in Brussels

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Stop the Genocide against the Christians of Iraq”

Religious Liberty in Europe (1 of 2)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

In a continuing series on evaluating every country in the world for religious liberty from a Catholic perspective, below is part one addressing concerns in Europe.

Belgian Police Raid African Pentecostal Church During Service

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Fifteen Belgian police officers raided an African Church service without permission. The latest story of mistreatment of faith groups by the Belgian government.

Belgian Priest to Stand Trial for Hatred for Citing Fears of Coming Islamic Persecution

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Europeans who only know of Muslims as immigrants put priest from the heart of the Muslim world on trial for “hate crimes” of warning against Islam.

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