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Report: Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion PDF Print E-mail

In its third in a series of reports, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life analyzes the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices.

These reports have drawn widespread attention to the fact that a substantial portion of the world’s population – 75% as of mid-2010 – live in countries where governments, social groups or individuals restrict people’s ability to freely practice their faith.

The new study shows that between mid-2009 and mid-2010, religious restrictions rose not only in countries that began the year with high or very high restrictions, such as Indonesia and Nigeria, but also in many countries that began with low or moderate restrictions, such as Switzerland and the United States.

The report looks at restrictions due to government actions as well as acts of violence and intimidation by private individuals, organizations and social groups.

You can access the full report here: