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flag 3370970 640Brussels, Belgium, Sep 7, 2018 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An annual report released by a special group within the European Union warned of serious religious freedom violations in some parts of the world. It highlighted the importance of protecting this freedom, particularly in developing countries. The report examined 34 countries that have recently faced threats to religious freedom. It found serious restrictions against freedom of religion in 19 out of 34 nations.

Among the countries with the most serious violations of religious freedom were Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, China, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Nigeria and Libya. The report, compiled annually by the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, provides recommendations that the EU can implement in the selected countries to “promote and protect freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief for all people.”

Catholic News Agency - EU report highlights religious freedom threats across the globe