No one should be persecuted because of their faith. All people have the right to peacefully live out their faith, and we can never forget those who have faced persecution for doing so. We welcome the United Nations’ decision to create an international day commemorating victims of religious persecution. At the same time, we are acutely aware that remembrance 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. The 'International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief' will be observed for the first time. This is considered an important step towards the prevention of future religious persecution.
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