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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has today published its latest Commentary on the Current State of International Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB). This coincides with the current meeting of the UN Human Rights Council – the Commentary is partly intended to inform UK policy on FoRB as articulated at the HRC.
Human Rights without Frontiers still has over 160 Protestants, 20 Jehovah’s Witnesses and 4 Coptic Orthodox in its Database of FoRB prisoners. See https://hrwf.eu/prisoners-database/
Human Rights Without Frontiers calls upon the Tajik authorities to release the two Jehovah’ Witnesses and the 15 Sunni Muslims that are behind bars because of their peaceful religious activities. See HRWF Database of Prisoners: https://hrwf.eu/prisoners-database/
On 24 February, a Russian court convicted Valentina Baranovskaya (69) and her son Roman Baranovskiy (46), both Jehovah’s Witnesses) and sentenced them to two and six years in prison respectively. Valentina, who will be 70 in April, is the first female to be convicted and imprisoned in Russia since the 2017 Russian Supreme Court ruling that liquidated all of the Witnesses’ legal entities in Russia and Crimea.
On 20 February 2021, the Kirovsky District Court of Makhachkala (Dagestan) sentenced Bagavudin Omarov to three years in prison and one year of restricted freedom.
Vijayesh Lal, leader of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, says Christians are making a difference in times of Covid-19: “Local churches are providing relief to their neighbouring communities”.
Christian social worker Chinimaya Blon ran an orphanage for poor and abandoned children in Dhankuta district of eastern Nepal for five years from 2011-16 until it was shut down following the government’s refusal to renew its license.
Catholics, Evangelicals, and famous comedians all claim that the draft “Hate Crime and Public Order Bill” threatens free speech and religious liberty.
New proposals from the Scottish government could substantially weaken the protection for freedom of expression on religion in its current hate crime bill – even though this appeared to be settled.
Human Rights Without Frontiers calls upon the international community to defend the freedom of thought of Islamic scholar Said Djabelkhir
Indonesien: Vier Christen in Sulawesi getötet
Hintergründe der Tat unklar / örtliche Christen stehen unter Schock
Aserbaidschan: In armenisches Gebiet vorgerückt
Kongo: Wiedereingliederung von Kindersoldaten gefordert
Viele Kinder stellen sich als Soldaten zur Verfügung
Jordanien: Hilfe für Irakerinnen
Jordanische Christen helfen
Kaukasus: Radiosender unterstützt Christen
Niger: Fünf Menschen sterben
bei dschihadisten Überfall auf ein Dorf: Auch die katholische Kirche wird geschändet