Category: News Monitoring

The International Religious Freedom Alliance initiative

Daniel Stefano Salazar, OLIRE intern, comments on this recent initiative: “In February, the United States launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance (IRF Alliance). The goal is the promotion of freedom of worship and religion around the world. The commitment of this group is to observe and provide support to different countries that put in danger

IACHR admits case against Bolivia for violation of conscientious objection to military service

The organization Rights in Action announced that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) declared the admissibility of the international complaint against Bolivia for the violation of the human right to conscientious objection to military service. The complaint was filed in 2016 by Rights in Action, representing José Ignacio Orías Calvo. In the report 147/2020,

Vandalized temples in Argentina

In several provinces of Argentina, theft, vandalism and desecration of churches were reported. In the face of the economic crisis, that is exacerbated by the current pandemic, such incidents are more frequent and affect temples of Christian worship. Alms, images– among other goods – become valuable for various criminal groups. Many times, in addition to

In Cuba, harassment of Christians intensifies during pandemic

While facing the severity of the economic crisis on the island, a situation that has gotten worse due to COVID-19, civil society organizations and Christian denominations have tried to provide spiritual and material help. However, the authorities have taken advantage of the restrictions imposed in the context of the pandemic to intensify the harassment against

ODCA proposes religious communities as humanitarian aid managers in Venezuela

The arrival of the Coronavirus further exacerbated the already critical situation in Venezuela, both in economic, social and political terms. While there is some progress on the support provided by various organizations to the neediest populations, most of the time this is possible thanks to negotiations and / or transactions with authorities at different levels.

Evangelical Churches of the Biobío report violations of religious freedom to the IACHR

Evangelical organizations in the Biobío region have expressed their intention to report  the Chilean state to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for multiple violations of the right to religious freedom and worship. This is a reaction to the measures implemented by the State in the context of the COVID-19. In this region, the conduct

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

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