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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,

2020 Semi-annual Report

In order to better understand the state of religious freedom in the region and as part of our “monitoring” goal, the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America launches its Semiannual Report, period January-June 2020. The document is available here.

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

PhD Conferral: “The Specific Vulnerability of Religious Minorities”, D.P. Petri

Friday 29 May 2020: 9:45 (Amsterdam time) Online (open to the public) The starting point for this research was the empirical observation that a number of characteristic aspects of religious persecution in Latin America are insufficiently recognized by existing theoretical frameworks and data collection tools. Adopting a human security perspective, Petri develops a methodology that

Expert Seminar: The Impact of Religious Freedom Research

Monday 18 May 2020: 14:00-17:00 (Amsterdam time) Online (open to the public) In recent years, there has been a growing interest in academia in the documentation and measurement of religious freedom, leading to the development of an increasingly rich corpus of religious freedom monitoring instruments, ranging from qualitative monographs and narrative reports to surveys and

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

Vandalized churches in different countries of the region

On International Women’s Day, celebrated every 8th of March, various groups of women participated in massive marches demanding respect for their rights and equal treatment. In countries like Colombia, Mexico, andArgentina, some radical feminist groups vandalized various public spaces and monuments, including places of Catholic worship. These groups painted the walls of the temples, with

Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal warns candidates not to use religious symbols

A few days ago, the Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal reminded the candidates participating in the 2020 general elections of the guidelines established in the Electoral Regime Law No. 026. According to the provisions, electoral propaganda that directly or indirectly uses symbols and/or religious references of any nature or creed is prohibited. In case of non-compliance,

Annual report 2019: The multidimensionality of religious freedom

The concept that perhaps synthesizes OLIRE’s work best is “the multidimensionality of religious freedom.” With this concept, we express that religious freedom has multiple dimensions that go far beyond political and academic debates about the relationship between religion and State, or interreligious conflicts. With our 2019 Annual Report, we hope to highlight our efforts to

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