Report shows rise in restrictions on religion

By REUTERS
August 9, 2011 16:26

 
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WASHINGTON - Nearly a third of the world's population lives in countries where it is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private US research group reported on Tuesday.

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life said government restrictions and public hostility involving religion grew in some of the most populous countries from mid-2006 to mid-2009.

Only about one percent of the world lives in countries that saw more religious tolerance during those years, it said.

A substantial rise in public hostility toward religious groups was seen in China, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam and Britain, while government restrictions rose substantially in Egypt and France.

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