Religious Freedom in the World 2014 – 2016

by | Nov 30, 2016 | Aid to the Church in Need, Church A, Church Archive, Justice Archive

Full address by Dr John Newton at the recent launch in Newry of this major international study by Aid to the Church in Need.

Religious Freedom in the World 2014 -2016


ACN’s comprehensive assessment on the threat to religious liberty today – published on Thursday 24th November 2016.

Examining the two-year period up to June 2016, this Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report assesses the religious situation of every country in the world. In total, 196 nations were examined with a special focus in each case on the place of religious freedom in constitutional and other statutory documents, incidents of note and finally a projection of likely trends.

Consideration was given to recognised religious groups regardless of their numerical size or perceived influence in any given country.

The frequency and intensity of atrocities against Yazidis, Christians, Baha’is, Jews and Ahmaddiyya Muslims is on the rise, and is reflected in the volume of reportage of extremist violence against religious minorities.

The focus of this Religious Freedom in the World report is concerned with State and non-State actors (militant or fundamentalist organisations) who restrict and deny religious expression, be it in public or in private, and who do so without due respect for others and for the rule of law.