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”.

Protestas webseries

In the framework of an ongoing investigation on Citizen Participation and Governance in Latin America, the Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC-CERI/Sciences Po) in alliance with two journalists, seven researchers, and with the financial support of the Charles Foundation Léopold Mayer, launched the webseries Protestas. The eight episodes of the webseries are available

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

Vulnerability of religious communities in Latin America in the context of COVID-19

Religiones Latinoamericanas Nueva Época has just published the last number of its journal: “Theoretical-Methodological Debates in the Study of Religions” (N. 6, July-December 2020) Rossana Muga, Coordinator of the World Watch Research Unit for Latin America of Open Doors International and Teresa Flores, director of OLIRE, contributed with the article “Vulnerability of religious communities in Latin

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

Biannual Report | July-December 2020

The Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America presents its Biannual Report, period July-December 2020. Through this report, we hope to collaborate with a better understanding of the state of religious freedom in the region. The document is available here.

Resilience to persecution. A practical and methodological investigation

The International Institute for Religious Freedom just published the last volume of the International Journal for Religious Freedom: “Responding to Persecution” (Vol 10 Issue 1/2 2017) Dennis P. Petri contributed to the journal with the article “Resilience to persecution: a practical and methodological investigation“. In the article, the author analyzes how religious minorities respond 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

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