Global Declarations on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Human Rights

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Thomas K. Johnson, Thomas Schirrmacher, Christof Sauer. Global Declarations on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Human Rights. The WEA Global Issues Series. Vol. 18. Culture and Science Publishing: Bonn, 2017. 117 pp. ISBN 978-3-86269-135-7.

PREFACE

As all reliable reports show, only a small percentage of the world’s population enjoys real freedom of religion or belief. Discrimination and persecution are commonplace, and even martyrdom is far too common. And the lack of protection for the basic human right of religious liberty is very frequently connected with other human rights abuses. Torture, genocide, and ethnic cleansing often accompany religious persecution, while violations of the freedoms of speech, travel, assembly, and the press are such normal parts of widespread religious persecution that they are sometimes no longer mentioned.

Our united concern to address the problems of discrimination, persecution, and martyrdom facing Christians should be organically tied to our proper Christian concern for human rights protection on the global level, including the right to freedom of religion for other faiths.

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