Law Library of Congress: New Report on Criminalization of Religious Conversion

Law Library of Congress logoThe Law Library of Congress has released a new report that examines what countries criminalize religious conversion. The report covers twenty-three recently-surveyed countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia, looking at the prevalence of apostasy (renunciation of a religious faith) being a capital or lesser offense and the frequency of the law’s application. Also covered are jurisdictions where apostasy is not actually criminalized but where there may be “non-criminal consequences, including loss of property rights and parental rights, as well as extrajudicial actions that sometimes result in death.” Access the report directly on the Law Library of Congress website and download it as a PDF.

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