World Religious freedom is coming under increasing pressure worldwide
A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam
Muslims in France have been pressured to assimilate into the country’s secular culture. But at what cost?History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, brought scrutiny this month when he showed his 12- to 14-year-old students two caricatures of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — the same images that in 2015 inspired jihadists to kill 11 staff members at the magazine and six others in Paris. Parents and teachers at the school, located just 20 miles outside the capital, said Paty gave his Muslim pupils the opportunity to leave the classroom or look away so as not to anger them.
According to a new report by the federal government, it is not just rigid laws that undermine the right to exercise one's religion freely. Pressure also comes from more and more hate speech online.
According to a new report by the federal government, the human right to religious freedom has come under pressure in many countries. "As members of the numerically largest religious community worldwide, Christians are particularly affected by the violation of religious freedom," says the second government report on the worldwide situation of religious freedom published in Berlin. But members of other religions and world views also suffered from discrimination and persecution on the basis of their beliefs - or because they themselves did not adhere to any beliefs.
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The Federal Government created the office of Commissioner for Worldwide Religious Freedom in 2018 and assigned the task to the Bundestag member Markus Grübel (CDU). "Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right," said Grübel when presenting the report. However, three out of four people live in a country where their freedom of religion and belief is restricted.
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According to the study, more and more states are restricting freedom of religion and belief, for example through blasphemy and anti-conversion laws one. Digital communication, on the other hand, has positive and negative effects: it can strengthen freedom of belief, but at the same time religious and group-related hate speech on the Internet is also increasing.
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Local leaders in Greater Manchester have been told that the "door is open" for further talks, despite the prime minister imposing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on the region. Boris Johnson announced that tougher COVID-19 restrictions will be introduced in Greater Manchester from Friday.Moving into Tier 3 means pubs and bars in Greater Manchester will be closed, unless they serve substantial meals, while betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas will also shut.
Grübel also expressed concern about the situation of the Muslim Uighur minority in China and called for an independent investigation into their situation by the United Nations.
In a third thematic focus, the analysis is devoted to the field of education. In addition, the situation is explained in 30 countries in which the developments in relation to religious freedom were particularly interesting from the perspective of the Federal Government in the 2018/19 reporting period. It is the first report by Grübel that was produced in collaboration with the Foreign Office. The federal government had already presented such an analysis in 2016.
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