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Religious persecution report

A May report from Amnesty International drew attention to the persecution of religious minorities in the last year.

Christians in Algeria faced prosecution for unauthorized religious activity, including building churches. Spain's regional Catalan government dropped a requirement for municipalities to provide space for those building new places of worship. Eritrea only allowed religious practice by those of recognized faiths (Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Muslims) and "arrested, arbitrarily detained and ill-treated" others. In China, religions or churches without state sanction "risked harassment, detention, imprisonment and, in some cases, violent persecution."


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