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Freedom of religion “indispensable for individual and society”

Summary

  • ADF International comment to US Commission on Unalienable Rights highlights importance of religious freedom
  • Calls for international human rights project to return “back to basics”

WASHINGTON DC (30 July 2020) – ADF International has submitted a public comment to the US Commission on Unalienable Rights about the struggles of the international human rights project and how it has neglected freedom of religion. It emphasizes the importance of returning to the original meaning of human rights but also maintaining international engagements with other nations and international institutions.

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. Freedom of religion or belief, as recognized in the Report of the Commission on Unalienable rights, is indispensable for the integral development of the human person and the flourishing of society as a whole. We welcome the approach to revitalize the international human rights project that the Commission has set out in its recent report – guided by consensus but respecting national sovereignty. While we must prevent political or ideological preferences from dominating the discourse on human rights it is vital that international engagement and discussion on this topic remains,” said Elyssa Koren, Director of UN Advocacy for ADF International.

Derailing of the international human rights project

Countless individuals suffer from the denial of their rights. In Europe, medical staff are forced to choose between their faith and their profession, parents are hindered from freely directing the education of their children, and freedom of speech is being curbed by “hate speech” laws. In Asia, many are persecuted because of their faith as anti-conversion and blasphemy laws are restricting the right to religious freedom.

Reports by various national governments highlight the intensity of global religious persecution. According to a Pew Research Center study, there were incidents of harassment of Christians in more than two-thirds of all countries. A report commissioned by the British Foreign Office outlines the persecution of Christians all over the world. It concludes that they are the most persecuted religious group in the world and reveals an increase in the phenomenon.

Read the full public comment here.

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