The German federal government report says freedom of religion and belief is at stake around the world.
The German federal government launched a report investigating religious freedom around the world – it shows a trend towards stronger repression and restriction.
On Wednesday in Berlin, the Federal Government Commissioner for World Religious Freedom, Markus Grubel, presented the report along with other German officials.
“Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right. These human rights are increasingly being limited and questioned, ”Grubel summarized the result.
Nearly “three-quarters of all people live in countries that restrict freedom of religion and belief,” he also pointed out.
According to the report, more than 80 percent of people describe themselves as religious.
Threats to religious minorities have increased in recent years.
In particular, Muslims, Jews, Yazidis and especially Christians are largely exposed to discrimination around the world. Those affected are generally persecuted, discriminated against or experienced violence.
However, the 208-page report opened special subtitles for 30 non-European countries over the past two years.
Syria, Yemen and Libya, where freedom of religion is severely restricted, were removed from the list because of the ongoing civil war.
“In more than 70 countries around the world there are blasphemy laws that violate human rights.
They often discriminate against religious minorities and limit freedom of expression. The right to conversion is also restricted in many countries, ”the report said.
Religious conversion can be punished with death penalty in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iran.
In addition, “online hate speech” has a devastating effect on freedom of religion and belief, and is often linked to real events and often escalates existing conflicts.
For example, online hate speech exacerbates the suffering of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
In the field of education, religious freedom is also often subject to restrictions that can violate human rights.
Grubel underlined the massive systematic repression against Uighur Muslims in China. He also urged an independent investigation by the United Nations into the crackdown.
In Iraq, tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians live in refugee camps.
On the other hand, there have been some positive developments, such as the abolition of the death penalty for apostasy by Sudan. The country also declares Christmas a public holiday.
Source: TRT World
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