Religious Harassment Around the World
The Pew Research Center put together this visualization on the social harassment of religious groups around the world. Harassment includes physical or verbal assaults, arrests, detentions, desecration of holy sites, and discrimination in housing, employment or education. The study is based on public data from the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the U.N., Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others.
2012 saw an increase in religious hostilities in every major region of the world except the Americas. These include a number of particular social hostilities such as:
- Abuse of religious minorities by private individuals or groups in society for acts perceived as offensive or threatening to the majority faith of the country (as in Egypt, Libya and Sri Lanka)
- Violence or the threat of violence to compel people to adhere to religious norms (as in India, Vietnam and Somalia)
- Harassment of women over religious dress (as in China and Moldova)
- Mob violence related to religion (as in Kenya, Indonesia and Nigeria)
- Sectarian violence (as in China, Myanmar and Syria)
Read through the report here.