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Source: CDU CSU

October 28, 2020

New Religious Freedom Report shows global increase in restrictions on human rights to freedom of religion or belief

Today, Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet approved the “Second Report on the Worldwide Situation of Religious Freedom” by Markus Grübel as the Federal Government Commissioner for Worldwide Religious Freedom. The representative of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for churches and religious communities, Hermann Gröhe, explains:

“Freedom of religion and belief is still under massive pressure worldwide. Christians are most affected by violations of their religious freedom. At the same time, members of other religions and worldviews also suffer from persecution, degradation and denigration because of their beliefs or precisely because they do not profess any belief.

The report submitted jointly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Foreign Office and prepared by Markus Grübel, the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Worldwide Religious Freedom, is the desired and successful further development of the Federal Government’s first report on the worldwide situation of freedom of religion and belief from 2016 .

The report makes it clear that freedom of religion and belief is being attacked from very different sides. Among other things, he highlights the dangers of blasphemy and anti-conversion laws. Laws that prohibit or make it extremely difficult to change religion are in stark contrast to the human right to religious freedom. So-called blasphemy laws in particular are proving to be a gateway for restricting the rights of religious minorities in the affected country. Corresponding laws in various forms apply in over 70 countries around the world. There have been more than 1,500 blasphemy trials in Pakistan over the past 30 years. The best-known case is the Christian Asia Bibi, who was acquitted in 2018 and was able to leave the country in 2019 – also thanks to the efforts of Western countries.

The report also looks at the development in 30 selected countries in the reporting period of 2018/2019. One example is the increasing restriction of freedom of religion and belief in China as a result of the policy of “sinizing” religions introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2017. This obliges the religions to adapt to the socialist society. This has also led to the ongoing repression of the Islamic Uighur minority in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang, which is condemned by Western governments.

The CDU / CSU parliamentary group has always been committed to the worldwide observance of the human right to freedom of religion and belief and at the beginning of this electoral period enforced the creation of the office of a representative of the federal government for worldwide religious freedom.

It is and remains imperative that the Federal Government, but also the members of the German Bundestag, advocate freedom of religion and belief and whenever possible – whether publicly or in direct conversation with representatives of other countries – point out the importance of this central human right and demand compliance. “


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