Syria (40th Session)

Syria

(40th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions.

This report highlights the situation of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR), and SAR’s shortcoming in promoting and defending this right.

South Sudan (40th Session)

South Sudan

(40th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions.

This report highlights violations of freedom of religion and expression in South Sudan, including laws criminalizing blasphemy and defamation, as well as arbitrary arrests of journalists and representatives of civil society. It also raises concerns over targeted attacks on religious leaders and church communities. Finally, it calls on South Sudan to improve its maternal health-care infrastructure.

Iceland (40th Session)

Iceland

(40th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions.

This report draws attention to the government of Iceland’s shortcomings in guaranteeing freedom of expression, protecting the right to life and affirming the dignity of persons with disabilities, in addition to safeguarding parent’s rights to educate their children according to their beliefs.

Antigua Barbuda (39th Session)

Antigua Barbuda

(39th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name ‘Alliance Defending Freedom’), ADF International has accreditation with the Organization of American States, the European Commission and Parliament, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report explains why Antigua and Barbuda should resist calls to liberalize access to abortion, and instead continue to protect the right to life of all persons, including the unborn. It also calls on Antigua and Barbuda to safeguard parental rights in the implementation of school-based sex education programs.

Greece (39th Session)

Greece

(39th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report highlights a number of legal restrictions on the exercise of the rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression in Greece, and the State’s failure to guarantee respect for and protection of religious minorities. The report also focuses on Greece’s prohibition of homeschooling, explaining why it represents a violation of the rights of parents to ensure the education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

Hungary (39th Session)

Hungary

(39th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report focuses on the right freedom of religion or belief in Hungary, where laws concerning church registration result in unjustified and discriminatory restrictions on the practices of faith communities. It also highlights the government’s crackdowns on freedom of expression and assembly, as well as concerns over parental rights in the context of children education.

Ireland (39th Session)

Ireland

(39th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This submission highlights the severe implications of the legalization of abortion in Ireland on the enjoyment of the human right to freedom of conscience, notably in relation to the right of medical professionals to conscientious objection, as well as on the exercise of parental rights and responsibilities. In light of recent parliamentary initiatives to bring about the legalisation of assisted suicide, this report also explains why a so-called right to ‘die with dignity’ is incompatible with Ireland’s obligation to protect the right to life until natural death.

Sudan (39th Session)

Sudan

(39th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report outlines the continued legal restrictions on the rights to freedom of religion or belief and expression in Sudan. It notes that while progress has been made, the continued prohibition of blasphemy combined with other discriminatory legal provisions perpetuate a climate of religious discrimination in the country. Furthermore, the report details the ongoing social hostilities against Christians and other minorities.

Denmark (38th Session)

Denmark 

(38th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform. 

This report focuses on the government of Denmark’s shortcomings in guaranteeing freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief. It calls out legislation criminalizing offensive language and the lack of accommodation for religious practice in immigration and education.

Mozambique (38th Session)

Mozambique 

(38th Session)

The following report is submitted on behalf of a coalition of international non-governmental organizations focused on freedom of religion or belief. Each of these organizations maintains ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations. The information contained in this report was obtained through research and first-hand accounts from these organizations. 

This report focuses primarily on events that have affected freedom of religion or belief in Mozambique, including COVID-19, the insurgency in Cabo Delgado, and the proposed draft law on “religious freedom,” which contains a number of highly problematic provisions.