Kazakhstan urged to end mandatory registration of religious communities – UN expert

The United Nations expert on religious freedom called today on the Kazakhstan Government to halt the mandatory registration of religious communities, which notably affects small groups.

UN rights experts urge Malaysia to reverse decision to restrict use of ‘Allah’ to Muslims

Several independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Malaysian Government to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.

Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion – UN expert

Harmful practices inflicted on women and girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief, an independent United Nations human rights expert told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues today.

Religious communities must embrace shared values to foster peace – UN officials

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the importance of religious communities joining forces to foster peace and development and to combat extremism.

Ban applauds Pope Benedict’s commitment to inter-faith dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the commitment of Pope Benedict XVI to inter-faith dialogue and the promotion of peace, in reaction to the Pontiff’s decision to step down at the end of this month.

Addressing Assembly, UN expert urges States to do more to protect the right of religious conversion

A United Nations independent expert today urged the international community to consistently respect, protect and promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief in the area of conversion.

UN experts voice concern over situation of religious minorities in Iran

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed the release of a pastor in Iran who was charged with apostasy, while voicing deep concern over the arrest and detention of hundreds of Christians in recent years.

‘State religions’ risk alienating minorities, warns UN rights expert

State-sanctioned religions risk alienating minorities and discriminating against members of other faiths, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

Dialogue vital tool to foster understanding among different faiths – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the vital role of inter-religious communication to combat intolerance and discrimination and to promote understanding among people of different faiths.

Christians currently most persecuted religious group in world, Holy See tells UN

Warning that Christians currently suffer more persecution because of their faith than any other religious group, the Holy See today told the United Nations the denial of religious freedom threatened peace and security and precluded integral human development.