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Vandalized churches in different countries of the region

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

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

The European Coalition for Israel issue a global call to fight anti-Semitism

The European Coalition for Israel (ECI) called to the community of nations to seriously commit to combating the current rise in anti-Semitism in order to preserve world peace. As part of these efforts, ECI launched a new Geneva-based entity to fight anti-Semitism, the International Coalition for Israel, an umbrella group that will link activities outside

Christians experience high levels of persecution

According to the Open Doors International report World Watch List 2020 (WWL), about 260 million Christians face different degrees of persecution in 50 countries around the world. The highest scores can be identified in the top 10 countries on the list: North Korea (94), Somalia (92), Libya (90), Pakistan (88), Eritrea (87), Sudan (85), Yemen

Call for Papers for Expert Seminar and Special Issue on “The Impact of Religious Freedom Research”

You are warmly invited to submit proposals by 20 January 2020 on “The Impact of Religious Freedom Research” for a special issue of the International Journal for Religious Freedom (IJRF). The IJRF is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the International Institute for Religious Freedom, accredited by the Department for Higher Education and Training of

Participation at the Schönblick Kongress in Germany

The biannual conference on Persecution of Christians was held at the Schönblick Kongress in Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany) from 10-13 November 2019. Dennis P. Petri, the director of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America, gave a  conference about “Challenges to Religious Freedom: The persecution of Christians in Latin America.” He also gave a workshop

Publication of book Christian Faith, Philosophy and International Relations: The Lamb and the Wolf

The Brill’s Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy Collection has just released the volume “Christian Faith, Philosophy & International Relations – The Lamb and the Wolf”, edited by Simon Polinder and Govert Buijs. We are pleased that Dennis P. Petri, Director of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America and Frans Veerman, Managing Director of

Christian Persecution Review presented to the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom

Last July 2019, the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of Christian Persecution was presented to the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. The document highlights the extent and nature of the global persecution of Christians, evaluates the United Kingdom’s foreign policy in this regard, and provides recommendations. The Observatory for Religious Freedom in Latin America

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