The World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) appeared before the World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in early April and urged the group to pay significant attention to all types of religious intolerance.In a declaration to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, WEF called for protection for the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion as stated in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."World Evangelical Fellowship is concerned about the myriad forms of religious intolerance that are occurring around the globe, even as we speak," WEF said in its official presentation."The search for national identity in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and Pakistan, combined with the fact that the Christian church is growing very rapidly in these countries, is creating difficult situations for Christians and other minority religions."As persecution of Christians often starts with disinformation in the mass media, we need to act as soon as we see the first signs of dissemination of incorrect information."WEF is working in a proactive rather than reactive way which requires significant interaction with ambassadors and members of the UN Commission on Human Rights during these Geneva sessions," stated WEF. WEF outlined ongoing concerns in Turkmenistan, Laos, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, India, and Turkey.WEF reported progress in a number of former communist countries, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done."While we have seen vast improvements in human rights and democracy in the former communist countries, we fear that these are being eroded by legislation limiting religious freedom. The Russian model requiring ...1
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