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man 2612548 640AROUND the world, the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is under threat — as highlighted last Saturday when International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day was marked. In Eritrea, we see an ongoing campaign of arrests and the long-term detentions of Christians, Muslims, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, while religious leaders in Colombia are under threat from armed groups.

In the past year, alleged crimes against humanity against the Rohingya in Burma have been in the headlines (News, 15 September 2017), as have ongoing human-rights abuses against the citizens of North Korea, a country where you can be punished simply for being a Christian. One North Korean escapee told us: “When it comes to religion, North Korean people just shudder because punishment is very severe.”

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