As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:
As government restrictions on religious freedom have increased around the world, the United Nations marked its first commemoration of victims of religious-based violence on Thursday.
The “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief,” established by the United Nations earlier this year, comes as sectarian violence, or hostility between religious groups, has declined over the past decade.
The article goes on to state the following:
The most common government regulations include favoritism toward certain religious groups and general policies constraining religious liberty. Those policies “cover a wide range of restrictions,” according to Pew Research, “including a requirement that religious groups register in order to operate.”
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is the federal body that monitors religious persecution.
In a statement, USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins and Vice Chair Gayle Manchin said:
“Commemorating victims of violence based on religion or belief is critical, but that’s only the beginning of the world’s work to achieve justice for the survivors of past tragedies, like the genocide of Yazidis, Christians and Shi’a Muslims in Iraq by ISIS,” said Perkins. “We must also recognize and work together to halt the continuing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and Christians in Burma and violence against Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haram.”
“On this historic day, we must demand accountability, not only to serve the immediate needs and the long-term healing of these victims of violence, but to demonstrate to tyrants and terrorist alike that the international community will truly ‘never again’ tolerate genocide or other atrocities,” said Manchin.
USCIRF’s 2019 Annual Report documents acts of violence based on religion or belief that amount to mass atrocities occurring around the globe, including in North Korea, Central African Republic and Syria.
To get more information about this article, please visit WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM. To weigh in, leave a comment below.