WEA Report to United Nations
World Evangelical Alliance (formerly World Evangelical Fellowship)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World Evangelical Alliance Reports Two Hundred Million Christians Persecuted Worldwide
The Geneva Report 2002 revealed that an unprecedented number of Christians now face disinformation, discrimination, and outright persecution worldwide. It detailed specific cases of persecution in India, Greece, Cyprus, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, China and Sudan. The Religious Liberty Commission of World Evangelical Alliance presented the findings at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on April 8, 2002.
“We estimate that there are more than 200 million Christians in the world today who do not have full human rights as defined by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, simply because they are Christians. We believe that this is the largest group in the world without full human rights because of their beliefs,” states Johan Candelin, director of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission. Candelin delivered the report to the UN Commission on Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
The report addressed several key issues and questions. Key issues included advancing religious freedom at home and mobilizing a constituency in support of international religious liberty.
Questions the report raised with the UN include: