The new guide states that “non-crime hate incidents should not be recorded where they are trivial or irrational”. Christians have welcome the initiative.
The 26-page complaint of the prosecutor has been accepted. The Christian parliamentarian sees it as an opportunity: “Acquittals in higher courts have broader significance”.
The speakers at the evangelical gathering stressed that criticism and offense should not be equated to hate speech, and that freedom of expression should prevail in case of doubt.
The Finnish parliamentarian to be tried on 24 January for expressing her biblical convictions about homosexuality hopes her case will encourage other Christians to openly speak about their faith.
The initiative responds to a concern over several attacks on freedom of expression. It will be called the "Forum of Elah".
An OSCE report shows that graffiti, vandalism and arson attacks against churches are some of the more common crimes. There are 70% more cases reported than in 2019.
The confinement and the Covid-19 restrictions in the Mediterranean country led to a generalised fall in all kind of hate crimes. Statistics could be “deceitful”, says the government.
Despite its tolerant and open appearance, a report published by evangelical Christians shows that Tunisia “turns a blind eye” to religious freedom problems.
Vijayesh Lal, leader of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, says Christians are making a difference in times of Covid-19: “Local churches are providing relief to their neighbouring communities”.
The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka publishes a report analysing messages in social media against religious minorities.
The draft law prompted criticism for being “too vague” and threatening free speech. “It could see people prosecuted for offences that they did not know they committed”, the EAUK warns.
The Evangelical Alliance says “it is questionable to extend the Penal Code only for a specific group of people”. The next socio-political debate around the corner is the ‘marriage for all’ law.
Digital persecution is on the rise, the WWL 2020 shows. Asia Bibi’s release was one of the the good news.