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The All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief

  • Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose (a1)


According to the Pew Research Centre, 76 per cent of the world's population live in countries where they face ‘high or very high’ restrictions on religion or belief. Over the five years that Pew has been tracking this metric, the percentage of people that face ‘high or very high’ levels of restrictions by their government has risen from 58 per cent to 64 per cent. What is more alarming is the figure for ‘high or very high’ social hostilities (that is, acts of religious hostility by private individuals and groups, including armed conflict and terror), which jumped from 53 per cent in 2011 to 74 per cent in 2012.



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1 Grim, B, Religious Hostilities Reach Six-year High (Pew Research Centre, 2014), p 8.

2 HC Deb 1 May 2014, vol 579, col 1056.

3 HL Deb 24 July 2014, vol 755, col 1290.

4 M Evans (ed), ‘Article 18: an orphaned right’, available at <>, accessed 8 October 2014.

5 Freedom Declared, <>, accessed 8 October 2014



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