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UN member states urged to do extra to guard victims of religiously motivated violence

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UN member states are being urged to sentence violence in opposition to spiritual minorities, and renew their efforts to convey the perpetrators to justice.

The decision coincided with the Worldwide Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based mostly on Faith or Perception on Sunday, and comes at a time of renewed concern for Christians in Afghanistan after the takeover of the Taliban.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) drew consideration to plenty of international locations the place spiritual minorities are struggling for his or her religion.

It expressed specific concern for two,000 Yazidi ladies who’re nonetheless lacking following the occupation of the Nineveh plains and Sinjar area of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists.

Different teams highlighted by the charity embody the Baha’i neighborhood in Iran, whose houses have been destroyed in Mazandaran Province, and the nation’s Christians who’ve been focused by an ongoing “marketing campaign of harassment, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment”. 

In Nigeria, Christians and reasonable Muslims are being attacked by terrorist factions within the north-east of the nation, whereas in India, the victims of communal violence in opposition to Christians in Odisha in 2008 are nonetheless ready for justice 13 years on. 

CSW’s Founder President, Mervyn Thomas, mentioned there was a necessity to deal with the “severity and pervasiveness of religiously motivated violence, discrimination and intolerance in all its kinds”.

He known as on UN member states to do extra to guard spiritual communities from violence.

“We additionally recognise that with world recognition comes world duty to advertise, shield and fulfil the precise to freedom of faith or perception (FoRB) for all,” he mentioned.

“Religiously motivated violence is a worryingly widespread violation of this basic human proper.

“Stopping such acts and guaranteeing that perpetrators are dropped at justice are essential steps in guaranteeing the complete enjoyment of FoRB by all faith or perception communities.”

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