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Religious freedom ‘highly restricted’ in 75% of nations

December 12, 2013

Writing for Reuters, two members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom noted that “75% of the world’s population now lives in countries in which this freedom is highly restricted.”

Mary Ann Glendon (a Catholic) and Katrina Lantos Swett (a Mormon) said that many of the nations that repress religious freedom – including Myanmar, Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan – signed the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which enshrined the right to religious freedom in international law.

“The United States and the entire world community have an enormous stake in upholding the UDHR’s human rights principles — including religious freedom,” they concluded. “It is time to reaffirm the declaration by holding its signatories accountable.”


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 14, 2013 7:51 AM ET USA

    There is here, naturally, a problem. Most of the countries where religious freedom is "restricted" suffer from the intolerance AT THE HEART of Mohammedanism. The fact many of them signed the 1948 declaration is basically meaningless for them since their so-called holy book, the Koran, allows lying on the part of Muslims to gain strategic advantage over an enemy (that would be Christianity in this example). Until we stop lying to ourselves about the reality of Islam, we will continue to retreat.