Author: Dennis P. Petri

When pro-family activists are wrong

Some pro-family activists can be wrong, and even outright crazy. The Spanish pro-family lobby HazteOir.org came up with a terrible campaign. In February 2017 this club rigged a bus to circulate around Madrid with the provocative message (in Spanish): “Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Don’t be fooled. If you’re born a man, you’re a

Freedom of religious expression

On the highway near my home, a monumental sign reads: “The Sabbath is the True Day of the Lord.” I find it very interesting but also quite puzzling. On a first impression, this sign can be interpreted as an example of a religious group exercising its right to freedom of expression. It’s likely a statement

Balancing rights

During the last decades of the twentieth century, indigenous movements emerged throughout Latin America. This unprecedented mobilization of indigenous groups, often referred to as indigenismo, had major political consequences. The indigenismo movement led to the first official recognition of the ethnic diversity of Colombia, as well as far-reaching self-administration rights. In Colombia, indigenous autonomy is far-reaching, but not

Interview with Dennis P. Petri about religious freedom in Mexico

World Watch Monitor interviewed Dennis P. Petri about religious freedom in Mexico. The interview led to the production of the following articles: In choosing Christianity, Mexican tribals risk alienation, eviction from their communities Christians easy targets in Mexico’s lawless borderlands Majority-Christian Mexico still struggling to ensure religious freedom for rural converts Excerpts of the interview

Lecture of Dennis P. Petri at Regent’s Park College, Oxford – 20 March 2017

Professor Dennis P. Petri was invited as guest lecturer during the week of 20-24 March 2017 for the Postgraduate Degree on “Constitutional State and Religious Freedom”, hosted by a consortium of academic institutions composed of ANAJURE, Mackenzie Presbyterian University (São Paulo, Brazil), Institute Ius Gentium Conimbrigae – Center for Human Rights of the University of

Latin America’s Overlooked Persecuted Church

1. What does persecution in Latin America look like? Persecution of Christians in Latin America is a complex picture and results from the interplay between an overall lack of security and social exclusion, experienced by the majority of Latin American citizens. The high degree of violence particularly affects Christians who are perceived to be a

Recommendations to reduce the vulnerability of actively practicing Christians in Mexico

Based on our research findings about the persecution of actively practicing Christians by organized crime in Mexico, stabilization mechanisms can be developed to reduce their vulnerability to human security threats. This examination of stabilization mechanisms should be read as an exploration of possible avenues to reduce risk and increase resilience. Reducing risks caused by external

Transcript of Dennis P. Petri’s testimony at Congressional Hearing on Religious Freedom in the Americas now available

The transcript of Dennis P. Petri’s testimony at the hearing on “Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas” before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives of 17 September 2015 is now available. You can access it here. Watch the video recording of the hearing

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