Thursday, January 02, 2014

Report On Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoners Issued

On Dec. 21, Human Rights Without Frontiers International released its Freedom of Religion or Belief & Blasphemy Prisoners List 2013. The report documents prisoners in 24 countries being held for violation of laws restricting worship, proselytizing, conversion or conscientious objection.  Nine countries hold prisoners on blasphemy or defamation of religion charges. The countries with the most freedom of religion or belief prisoners are China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea and South Korea. The offending countries are all in Asia, northern Africa, the Middle East or are countries of the Former Soviet Union.