Minority Rights Coalition highlights India’s human rights record for UN’s Fourth Universal Periodic Review

Minorities in India stand on the edge of a precipice as their rights and freedoms have been eroded in the face of a growing violent majority ideology, the World Evangelical Alliance jointly with an interfaith coalition has said in a new report submitted to the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 41st session, which will take place in November 2022 at the United Nations in Geneva.

In its submission, the coalition, made up of Hindus for Human Rights, Indian American Muslim Council, International Commission for Dalit Rights, Open Doors International, Justice for All and World Evangelical Alliance, draws attention to the challenges facing Indian minorities .

His report details how the Indian government has encouraged violence and legal discrimination against religious and social minorities in India. The Stakeholder Report describes the confluence between state and non-state actors that encourage human rights abuses in India. The coalition is alarmed by the deterioration in the situation of minorities, the rule of law and the general health of Indian democracy.

The UPR is a unique process that involves periodic peer review of the human rights records of all UN Member States at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. India’s last review was in May 2017.

Given this situation and the shortcomings of the Indian government in implementing UPR recommendations that the government expressed support for in the previous cycle, the group fears for the future of minorities in the country.

The coalition urges the United Nations to heed the concerns addressed in the stakeholders’ report released in June. The coalition hopes that the concerns of the stakeholders’ report will be included in the UPR recommendations made by member states to India and that the Indian government will implement these recommendations.

Read the report here: https://un.worldea.org/minority-rights-coalition-sheds-light-on-indias-human-rights-record-for-uns-fourth-universal-periodic-review/

Joint Stakeholder Submission to Algeria’s UPR

WEA also submitted a joint stakeholder report to UPR Algeria, in March 2022. The joint submission was made in coalition with the Churches Commission on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, the Church Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), and Concern for the Middle East.

The communication reported violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief in Algeria, focusing on violations against the Protestant Christian community. The report focuses on the current situation of EPA-affiliated churches being forcibly closed and sealed by local authorities, violating their right to gather peacefully to worship God with their brothers and sisters.

Since 2018, at least 16 EPA-affiliated Protestant churches have been forcibly sealed and four more of its affiliated churches have been ordered to close. Several other Protestant churches, not affiliated with the EPA, also face the same problems.

In its report, the coalition calls on the Algerian government to allow all forcibly closed churches to reopen and to allow EPA-affiliated churches to continue to use rented premises as places of worship, to withdraw all closure orders and ongoing procedures. against churches and quash convictions recorded against individual Christians.

Read the report here: https://un.worldea.org/algeria-freedom-of-religion-or-belief-report-to-the-upr-41st-session/

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Minority Rights Coalition highlights India’s human rights record for UN’s Fourth Universal Periodic Review