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Read more...Mexico: Freedom of Religion or Belief
The Mexican constitution guarantees freedom of religion or belief to all its citizens, and Article 2 of the Law on Religious Associations and Public Worship, adopted in 1992 and amended in 2011, clearly lays out the rights and protections associated with freedom of religion or belief. Mexico is party to a number of international agreements including the San Jose Pact, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). 01/02/2015

Read more...Vietnam: Freedom of Religion or Belief
Although there can be little doubt that there have been some improvements in the protection of freedom of religion or belief in Vietnam over the past ten years, the ongoing violations of this right cannot be overlooked, particularly in light of Vietnam’s increased engagement with international human rights mechanisms and election to the UN Human Rights Council in November 2013. 04/12/2014

Pastor Marcelo NievaRead more...Argentina: Pastor Marcelo Nieva and the Pueblo Grande Baptist Church
On 21 October 2014 Pastor Marcelo Nieva and Daniel Carreño, a member of his church, were shot at multiple times while driving in the city of Río Tercero in Córdoba Province. Pastor Nieva leads the Pueblo Grande Baptist Church and heads the church’s work with drug addicts and victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. 10/11/2014

Read more...China: Gao Zhisheng update
Gao Zhisheng is a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who is best known for his work defending Christians, Falun Gong adherents, and other vulnerable social groups. As a result of his work on ‘sensitive’ cases and his open letters in 2004 and 2005 to the National People’s Congress and then-leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao on the torture of Falun Gong practitioners, the Chinese authorities closed down his law firm and revoked his lawyer’s licence. In early 2006 Gao continued to advocate for human rights, and organised a hunger strike involving high profile activists and ordinary citizens across the country. 16/09/2014

Read more...India: Freedom of religion or belief
The scars of the 2008 massacre continue to plague the Christians in Odisha (formerly Orissa) State as they endeavour to eke out an existence. With no visible will from the state or central government to bring the perpetrators to justice, the Christians continue to live in a climate of insecurity and with the fear of further attacks. Many were forced to leave their homes with little resources to start afresh, and have received little financial aid from the state. 15/09/2014

Read more...Cuba: Religious freedom
Despite government claims of increased respect for religious freedom, reported violations of religious freedom in Cuba continued to increase dramatically over the 19 months covered by this report. From the beginning of 2014 to mid-July, CSW recorded 170 separate religious freedom violations, many of which involved dozens of victims. This followed the record of 180 documented cases in 2013, compared with 120 in 2012 and 40 in 2011. Religious groups across the spectrum all reported varying degrees of hostility from the government. Only a few reported any notable improvement. 07/08/2014

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