Freedom, Persecution, and the Status of Christian Minorities

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity, Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell (2016), 330-349

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-307

23 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2014 Last revised: 12 Jun 2016

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John Witte

Emory University School of Law

M. Christian Green

Emory University - Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This chapter explores issues of religious freedom and religious persecution faced by Christian minorities around the world. It describes the nature and scope of religious rights and analyzes various forms of religious persecution against prevailing international human rights instruments. It also provides case studies of recent persecution of Christian minorities in Afghanistan, Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. The chapter concludes with an argument that religious liberty for all peaceable forms of faith is a fundamental human right, and an essential part of every just human rights and constitutional regime.

Keywords: religious freedom; human rights; Christian persecution; church-state relations: Afghanistan, Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam

Suggested Citation

Witte, John and Green, M. Christian, Freedom, Persecution, and the Status of Christian Minorities (2014). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity, Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell (2016), 330-349; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-307. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2517715

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