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ICC Note: In recent years, the persecution of Christians in Mexico has risen, leading to the displacement of thousands of evangelical Christians. According to human rights groups, unfortunately, the Mexican government is adding to the problem by denying the severity and legitimacy of the issue. Discrimination against Christians in Mexico has been both religiously and sometimes politically motivated.

By Harry Farley

12/06/2016 Mexico (Christian Today) – Mexico has been accused of a “policy of denial” over the thousands of evangelicals forced out of homes for their beliefs.

According to the Mexican Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights, more than 287,000 cases of forced internal displacement took place in the last five years. But the UN-accredited National Human Rights Commission puts the figure at around 35,000.

However, Pedro Faro Navarro, director of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center, disputes both numbers and accused the government of “making up the figures”, according to World Watch Monitor. And he says the government is in denial about the number of people forced to move because they left the traditional Catholic Church for branches of evangelical Protestantism.

“There are some who speak of more than a million people,” he said. “For the time being, what we know for definite is that the lowest number is always the official one.” Many families have to leave their homes and nobody comes to count them, he added.

The problems between evangelical Christians and traditional communities are not uniform, said Faro. Some involve religious differences but others also involve political power struggles.

“Each case is different and has to be well analysed,” he said, according to the persecution watchdog.

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