UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

News in Brief 02 March 2020

 - Seven UN agencies conduct cross-border mission to Idlib, Syria

- Syrians suffering 'unprecedented' levels of displacement: Commission of Inquiry

- Rights expert urges countries to repeal gender discriminatory laws

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Use of religious beliefs to justify rights violations must be outlawed says UN expert

Laws underpinned by religious conviction that discriminate against women and the  LGBT+ community should be repealed, and gender-based violence carried out in the name of religion by non-State groups must be addressed, an independent UN expert said on Monday in a report presented to the Human Rights Council.

National security is no excuse for limiting freedom of religion: UN expert

Too many states are using legitimate public concerns about terrorism, as an excuse to target individuals or communities they don’t like. That’s the view of Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, who was at UN Headquarters this week to deliver a report to the UN General Assembly. He sat down to talk to UN News’s Siwen Qian.

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“Climate of paranoia” fuels persecution in the name of religion

A political vacuum leading to a “climate of paranoia” helps encourage religious persecution and violence.

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