Myanmar (37th Session)

Myanmar

(37th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. 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 Myanmar must commit to the protection of religious freedom for all people, especially for historically persecuted ethnic and religious minorities.

Uruguay (32nd Session)

Uruguay

(32nd Session)

ADF International is a global alliance-building legal organization that advocates for religious freedom, life, and marriage and family 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, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report explains why Uruguay must take urgent steps to protect freedom of conscience, expression, and religion, as well as the rights of parents to raise and educate their children in accordance with their moral and religious convictions.

Vietnam (32nd Session)

Vietnam

(32nd Session)

ADF International is a global alliance-building legal organization that advocates for religious freedom, life, and marriage and family 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, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report explains why Vietnam must ensure that the right to freedom of religion is fully respected and protected within its borders, as well as prevent and end all forms of religious persecution and discrimination, both by the State and by non-state actors, including violent attacks on Christians and their churches.

China (31st Session)

ADF International is a global alliance-building legal organization that advocates for religious freedom, life, and marriage and family 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, the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe, and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report presents China’s increasing restrictions on religious organizations and religious activities and calls on China to revise its laws and policies to guarantee freedom of worship to all. It also explains how the two-child policy continues to prevent Chinese couples from deciding for themselves how many children to have, in violation of international law, and calls for the rescission of the policy.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (33rd Session)

North Korea

(33rd Session)

A coalition of international organizations submits the following report focused on freedom of religion or belief. Several of these organizations maintain 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 explains why North Korea must ensure that the right to freedom of religion is fully respected and protected within its borders, as well as prevent and end all forms of religious persecution by the State, including the imprisonment, torture and execution of Christians and those belonging to other religious groups.

Egypt (34th Session)

Egypt

(34th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. 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 examines the societal violence experienced by religious minorities in the Arab Republic of Egypt, alongside legal restrictions on their ability to worship and evangelize. It explains why their right to freedom of religion must be fully respected and protected.

Iraq (34th Session)

Iraq

(34th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. 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, the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report examines the legal and societal hostility towards religious minorities in Iraq with regard to anti-conversion laws and the violence shown towards individuals and their property. To comply with obligations under international law, Iraq must fully respect and promote the right to freedom of religion or belief within its borders and provide greater protection for Christian and other minorities.

Islamic Republic of Iran (34th Session)

Iran

(34th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. 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 explains why Iran must ensure that the right to freedom of religion or belief is fully respected and protected within its borders, as well as prevent and end all forms of religious persecution by the State, including the imprisonment, torture and execution of Christians and other religious minorities.

Turkey (35th Session)

Turkey

(35th Session)

This UPR report is submitted by a coalition of human rights and faith-based organizations that participate in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable is an informal gathering of civil society members, non-governmental organizations, scholars, religious and secular leaders, and government officials that meets regularly in Washington, D.C., to discuss the most pressing issues regarding international religious freedom—especially persecution, violence, and discrimination against individuals and groups based on their religion or belief—and to develop solutions and provide opportunities for collaboration and engagement. A number of signatories have ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations, and have accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States.

This report explains the current state of freedom of religion or belief in Turkey and makes recommendations accordingly.

Belarus (36th Session)

Belarus

(36th 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, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organization of American States, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report investigates the status of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of association in Belarus by examining laws, regulations and practices impairing the full enjoyment or exercise thereof without discrimination. It also calls upon the Belarusian government to cease any such restrictions and amend its laws to ensure that the right to manifest one’s religion, either alone or in community with others and in public or private is fully guaranteed in accordance with existing international human rights standards and instruments.