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WEF Calls For Religious Freedom Before The United Nations

Date 08 Apr 2000 02:14:10

April 8, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland

World Evangelical Fellowship Calls For Religious 
Freedom Before The United Nations

Geneva, Switzerland.  World Evangelical Fellowship 
(WEF), in a declaration to the United Nations 
Commission on Human Rights this week in Geneva 
Switzerland, requests that the World Conference on 
Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and 
Related Intolerance pay significant attention to 
all types of religious intolerance. Furthermore 
WEF calls for protection for the right to freedom 
of thought, conscience and religion as stated in 
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human 

The leader of the WEF delegation states: "The 
search for national identity in China, Bangladesh, 
Indonesia, India and Pakistan combined with the 
fact that the Christian church is growing very 
rapidly in these countries is creating difficult 
situations for Christians and other minority 
religions. As persecution of Christians often 
starts with disinformation in the mass media, we 
need to act as soon as we see the first signs of 
dissemination of incorrect information.  WEF is 
working in a proactive rather than reactive way 
which requires significant interaction with 
Ambassadors and members of the UN Commission on 
Human Rights be held during these Geneva 

In the report, World Evangelical Fellowship 
recognises ongoing concerns in Turkmenistan, Laos, 
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, India, and Turkey.  While 
WEF sees progress in a number of former communist 
countries, it acknowledges that there is still 
work to be done.

Through its network of 113 national and regional 
evangelical fellowships, WEF represents 160 
million evangelical Christians in a million local 
churches world-wide. (A contribution of World 
Evangelical Fellowship (WEF))

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