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.

Niger (38th Session)

Niger 

(38th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organisation 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 Organisation of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This report highlights the growing persecution of Christians in Niger and calls on the government to protect freedom of religion or belief for all people.

Paraguay (38th Session)

Paraguay 

(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 explains why the Republic of Paraguay must continue to protect the right of life of all human beings, including the unborn, and why it should, in the interest of protecting the rights and wellbeing of women and children, resist calls to liberalize access to abortion. The report also examines the issue of high levels of maternal mortality and morbidity in the country, as well as the importance of respecting parental rights in children’s education.

Singapore (38th Session)

Singapore 

(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 highlights the legal restrictions on the rights to freedom of religion, expression and conscience in Singapore. It raises concerns about arbitrary and overly restrictive regulations on faith-based associations and religious activities, as well as the Singaporean government’s failure to respect the right to conscientious objection.

Somalia (38th Session)

Somalia 

(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 highlights the severe restrictions on freedom of religion in Somalia and calls on the government to adhere to its international human rights commitments to protect this fundamental human right. Furthermore, it explains why Somalia must fully respect the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of religion within its borders and provide greater protection for Christians and other religious minorities. It also explains why Somalia should continue should resist calls to liberalize access to abortion due to the fact that there is no international human right to abortion.

Belgium (38th Session)

Belgium 

(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 details the incompatibility of Belgium’s Euthanasia Law with its human rights obligations, particularly under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Nepal (37th Session)

Nepal

(37th 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 submission reviews the current state of freedom of religion or belief in Nepal,
where religious minorities are restricted from, inter alia, freely manifesting their faith and possessing religious texts and materials. Accordingly, it makes recommendations
regarding the need to align relevant laws with international human rights standards.

Secondly, this report highlights the negative impact of Nepal’s culture of “son preference” and the resulting sex ratio imbalance and makes recommendations on further protecting women’s equal enjoyment of their right to life and freedom from exploitation.

Rwanda (37th Session)

Rwanda

(37th 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, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights
Platform.

This report explains why Rwanda must safeguard the human rights to freedom of
religion, freedom of association, and freedom of expression, as well as prevent and
end all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion.