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COVID 19 in Nicaragua, another context of intimidation for the Church

In Nicaragua, there is no defined strategy or official figures regarding the spread of COVID-19. On the contrary, the government, instead of adopting isolation measures, promotes massive activities and forces medical personnel to omit and / or misrepresent information. This stance has been harshly criticized by former public officials and the health sector. To date,

Recognition of religious services as essential activities in Pernambuco

Jose Matheus de Andrade Medeiros, member of ARCAP (Reformed Association for Culture and Political Action) in Brazil informed the Observatory about the restrictions on religious services in the state of Pernambuco as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. In Pernambuco, religious services were not recognized as essential activities, despite the federal decree from 23 March

Christian Ministry is reported to the Ministry of Health in Chile

The Ministry of Restoration, a Christian group whose vision focuses on providing support to people struggling with emotional, relational, and sexual problems, was recently reported to the Chilean Ministry of Health for violating the human rights of LGBTI groups. The complaint was made by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), who claimed that

Various religious denominations form Interreligious Social Council in Venezuela

On April 22nd, representatives of the Catholic and Anglican church, the Jewish community, the Evangelical Council of Venezuela and other social organizations signed a declaration creating the Interreligious Social Council of Venezuela. The Council aim to be a space for reflection and action to generate consensus on how to mitigate the country’s problems. Its main

Criminal groups put the safety of religious leaders at risk in Mexico

Various criminal gangs continue to impose terror and violence in the country. Religious leaders who carry out their activities in areas with high insecurity rates bear their testimonies in anonymity because of fear for reprisals. They continue to report being victims extortion, kidnapping and constant monitoring. These criminal groups, in addition to seeking control of

Rio Negro Court confirms sentence against Argentine gynaecologist

According to the Criminal Code of Argentina, abortion is not punishable in case of rape. In 2012, the Supreme Court specified the scope of this rule, requiring the development of protocols for its proper application. In 2019, the Argentinian gynaecologist Leandro Rodríguez Lastra was sentenced to suspended jail term and disqualification, under charges of non-compliance

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