Refugees, civil wars and hatred. At the heart of many of these crises is the denial of the right to freedom of religion or belief – this is the issue of our time. Tackling religious persecution head-on is a strategic way to resolve many complex, global issues.
If we drop the ball on the right to freedom of religion or belief, the ripple effect to other human rights is devastating: undermining the right to a fair trial, the right to family life, freedom of expression and much more. Existing vulnerabilities such as gender, ethnicity, class or age are further exacerbated, leaving many Christians exposed to various complex layers of persecution.
The annual World Watch List documents in-depth research into religious persecution in the 50 hardest countries to be a Christian. Last year, 97 parliamentarians attended the launch. This was down to people like you who invited them, and asked that they use their power to make a real difference in the lives of persecuted Christians.
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