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The state of religious freedom around the world

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Pew Research Center data show that the number of people living in countries with high religious restrictions and hostilities has reached nearly six billion people, or 78.5% of the world's total population in 2017. This represents an increase of 1.1 billion since the first year of the study. See the details.

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The state of religious freedom around the world

  1. 1. The State of Religious Freedom Around the World • Brian Grim, Ph.D., President Religious Freedom & Business Foundation ReligiousFreedomAndBusiness.org/Research
  2. 2. Restrictions on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Governments Groups in Society
  3. 3. Restrictions on Religious Freedom of countries have high restrictions 40%
  4. 4. Restrictions on Religious Freedom 5.9 Billion People live with high restrictions 78.5%
  5. 5. 5.9 Billions of People living with HIGH Restrictions on Freedom of Religion or Belief 2009 2017 4.8 1.1B Increase
  6. 6. 198 Countries & Territories
  7. 7. Government Restriction
  8. 8. Social Hostility
  9. 9. Government Restriction
  10. 10. Social Hostility
  11. 11. Government Restriction
  12. 12. Social Hostility
  13. 13. Government Restrictions on Religious Freedom of countries have high government restrictions 25%
  14. 14. 4.5 Billion People live with high government restrictions 60% Government Restrictions on Religious Freedom
  15. 15. 157 2007 2015 118 Government Harassment or Intimidation +39 COUNTRIES
  16. 16. 106 2007 2015 61 Government Use of Physical Force +45 COUNTRIES
  17. 17. 146 2007 2015 112 Government Interferes With Worship +34 COUNTRIES
  18. 18. 54 2007 2015 21 Government Regulates Religious Symbols +33 COUNTRIES
  19. 19. Social Restrictions on Religious Freedom of countries have high social restrictions 27%
  20. 20. 4.1 Billion People live with high social restrictions 54% Social Restrictions on Religious Freedom
  21. 21. 89 2007 2015 48 Assaulted for Offending Majority Faith +41 COUNTRIES
  22. 22. 73 2007 2015 35 Coercive Enforcement of Religious Norms +38 COUNTRIES
  23. 23. 49 2007 2015 14 Women Harassed Over Religious Dress +35 COUNTRIES
  24. 24. 56 2007 2015 23 Mob Violence Related to Religion +33 COUNTRIES
  25. 25. 78 2007 2015 60 Religion-related Terror +18 COUNTRIES
  26. 26. 83%of countries have initiatives to reduce religious restrictions
  27. 27. 56% of countries have interfaith initiatives
  28. 28. 56% of countries have interfaith initiatives
  29. 29. 56% of countries have interfaith initiatives
  30. 30. 38%of countries have initiatives to combat religious discrimination
  31. 31. 20%of countries have educational and training initiatives
  32. 32. 15%of countries have land or property initiatives
  33. 33. Religious Freedom & SDGs Research ReligiousFreedomAndBusiness.org/Research

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