6 April 2010


The plight of religious minorities was highlighted in the interactive dialogue that followed the presentation of the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ms Asma Jahangir, to the Human Rights Council last month.

The situation of the Baha’i in Iran, Christians and Jews in Iran, Christians in Iraq, Christians in Nigeria, and unequal access to education for all religious minorities were issues raised by various member States. Concern was also expressed over restrictions on people who either do not have a religion, or wish to change their religion.

Ms Jahangir also reported on her recent visits to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Laos but noted that many States had failed to respond to her request to visit , including the Russian Federation, Malaysia, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, and Egypt.

A summary of the interactive dialogue can be found at the International Service for Human Rights website. The report of the Special Rapporteur can be downloaded from the Human Rights Council website.

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