- 145/150 members of parliament pass resolution recognizing religious persecution
- Experts say action must follow this resolution
BRATISLAVA (12 September 2019) – Recently, the parliament of Slovakia passed a resolution calling for increased efforts to protect freedom of religion or belief and support to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities. 145 out of 150 members of parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the resolution.
“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. The official recognition of the suffering of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities by the Slovak parliament is an important political step. After recognition comes action. We hope other European states and countries from all over the world will follow suit and contribute to protecting those who are persecuted for their faith. At the same time, we are acutely aware that recognition alone is not enough. Religious persecution is on the rise around the world. Therefore we urge all States to ensure that their laws and policies are in line with their commitments to protect religious freedom under international law,” said Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International.
Persecution globally on the rise
Recent reports by various national governments highlight the intensity of global persecution. A report commissioned by the British Foreign Office that was published in July 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 scale of the problem.
Similarly, the US Department of State recently hosted the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The Ministerial highlighted the stories of those who have faced persecution. Advocates and government officials discussed goals and strategies to better protect religious minorities and those persecuted for their religion.
22 August 2019 marked the first annual “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief”. The day was created by the United Nations in May 2019. Experts consider it an important step towards the prevention of religious persecution in the future.
Find out more about ADF International’s efforts against religious persecution here.