UN strategy to combat religious intolerance – is it fit for purpose?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group, Nazila Ghanea and the URG team Blog, In Focus: Human rights and religion

According to a recent report by the  Pew Research Center , violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments, as well as social hostilities by a variety of actors, have reached new heights in all regions except the Americas. This bleak picture is supported by the findings of the latest  report on religious freedom  by the US State Department, which concluded that 2013 saw “the largest displacement …

Charlie Hebdo attack and global reaction highlights critical importance of renewed commitment to the implementation of resolution 16/18 and the Rabat Plan of Action

by Andrew Smith, Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 Blog, In Focus: Human rights and religion

Last week’s appalling attack against journalists and police officers at the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and the cascade of comment and counter-comment that has followed, remind us once again of both the importance of, and the sensitivities that surround, the relationship between freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and non-discrimination. Identifying and understanding the contours of that relationship …

Combatting global religious intolerance: the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 16/18

by the URG team In Focus: Human rights and religion, Policy reports

Combatting global religious intolerance: the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 16/18

It is almost impossible to turn on the news today without witnessing scenes of hatred, violence and intolerance perpetrated in the name of religion or belief. The march of ISIL across Syria and Iraq, with associated reports of gross and systematic violations of human rights, may be an extreme example of such hatred, but it comes against a background of …