Religious Persecution

People are being abused and killed because of their religion

Religious Persecution Violates Human Rights

All over the world people are persecuted because of their religion. According to a recent study reported by the BBC, "Of the 196 nations surveyed, between 2012 and 2014, the report concluded that religious freedom was compromised in 116, where religious minorities experienced persecution, violence, and systematic discrimination" (Wyatt, Caroline. bbc.com). ISIS and Boko Haram are attacking Christians, Yazidis, and other Muslims that do not agree with their violent fundamentalism. In some places, governments ignore the existence of religious minorities. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 1 that people have the "Right to Equality." Also, Article 5 protects people from torture and degrading treatment and Article 18 guarantees a right to "Freedom of Belief and Religion." Clearly, these rights are currently being violated for millions of people across the world.

Who is trying to help?

Amnesty International is one group that is trying to help. For example, on their webpage, they have a petition aimed at stopping the humanitarian crisis that is going on in South East Asia and encouraging local governments to grant Royhingya refugees asylum. There is also an Israeli organization that is committed to helping stop genocide world wide and they have a campaign to help Yazidis. They are called The Combat Genocide Association.

Annotated Bibliography

1. "Amnesty International." Why Are the Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar? Amnesty International, 28 May 2015. Web. 04 June 2015. <https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/news/2015/05/why-are-the-rohingya-fleeing-myanmar/>.

This article explains many of the ways the Rohgyina are being persecuted. It is helpful because it describes the government's response and what Amnesty International is doing about it.

2. Smith-Spark, Laura. "Iraq: 'Hundreds of Yazidi Minority Slaughtered' - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 6 Aug. 2014. Web. 04 June 2015. <http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/06/world/meast/iraq-crisis-minority-persecution/>

This webpage is a news story from last summer on the difficulties faced by the Yazidi minority in Iraq. It was helpful for my project because it gave many specific details on how many people were being affected.

3. Kuruvilla, Carol. "Pew Research Center: Global Harassment Of Jews Has Reached A Seven-Year High." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 26 Feb. 2015. Web. 04 June 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/pew-research-jews-harassment_n_6762340.html>.

This article was very helpful in that it cited information from a recent Pew Research Center study on persecution of Jews. It not only offered statistics, but also stories of specific incidences of persecution.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-30001063

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/burma-says-rohingya-muslims-only-seeking-jobs-not-escaping-persecution/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/04/us-asia-migrants-idUSKBN0OK11320150604