Category: News Monitoring

Chilean Supreme Court: Attending mass in-person cannot be prohibited

In January 2021, Chile’s Ministry of Health adopted Exempt Resolution No.43, which provides for health measures by Covid-19 outbreak and establishes the new “Step by Step” plan. This resolution, among other things, mandates a ban on holding and attending “public events where attendees have fixed locations” in communes under the category of “quarantine” and “transition”.

Same Faith, Different Persecution. WWR 2021 GSRP Report

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Open Doors International published the WWR 2021 Gender Specific Religious Persecution Report. The report focuses on Open Doors’ World Watch List of the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian and aims to reveal how often Christian men and women experience different pressure

Bill to reform the Law of Religious Associations and Public Worship, puts the right to religious freedom in Mexico at risk

Deputy Reyna Celeste Ascencio Ortega, a member of the MORENA parliamentary group, presented in October 2020 a legislative initiative to reform section IV of article 29, corresponding to the chapter on infractions and sanctions of the Law on Religious Associations and Public Worship. The proposal seeks to punish acts of discrimination based on people’s sexual

Residences of priests canceled in Nicaragua

Since September 2020, the Nicaraguan government has been pressuring Catholic priests by canceling their residences and/or preventing them from returning to the country. The Franciscan priest José Lemus Aguilar, parish priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, of the diocese of Matagalpa, traveled to El Salvador, however, in February he could not return to

Yandier García Labrada remains detained in Cuba, IACHR grants precautionary measures

The Inter-American Commission has granted Yandier García Labrada precautionary protection measures because they believe that he finds himself in a situation of serious and urgent risk of irreparable damage to his rights because of his imprisonment in Cuba. He is an activist with the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) and has been deprived of his liberty

Christian church leaders call for Bolsonaro’s impeachment

Approximately 370 religious leaders from different churches and Christian movements in Brazil filed a petition to open an impeachment trial against President Jair Bolsonaro. Among the reasons, religious leaders point to the total absence of government initiatives to reduce the impacts of the pandemic, denialism, contempt, and sabotage of prevention and health policies; in sum;

World Watch List 2021

Open Doors International, an institution that studies the reality of persecuted Christians around the world has just launched the World Watch List 2021. The list presents those countries where it is most challenging to be a Christian. The private, family, community, national, and church life of Christians is studied to identify pressure situations that put

Christian leaders and temples, targets of violence in Venezuela

Venezuela has been the scene of violent incidents that were targeted at Christian leaders and places of worship. Multiple religious leaders have been killed and robberies have been occurring in the last months. Brother Luigi Manganiello, the headmaster of the La Salle religious institute died on January 6th as a result of the injuries he

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