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An anti-discrimination report by the UN could jeopardize religious freedom

The so-called SOGI report from the UN, made public on the 15th of June, proposes to limit freedom of conscience and religious freedom, to avoid discrimination against the LGBT community.


The National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) expressed worry about the implications of this report in a statement, which has also been supported by the World Evangelical Alliance and the European Evangelical Alliance.

According to the statement published by the CNEF, the freedom to employ whom they want, the exercise of conscientious objection and the freedom of education are particularly threatened by the report.

The Christian organisations also consider that the report is calling for “state interference in the doctrinal autonomy of religions, in particular around the notion of sin.” Another worry is that the report is “an incorrect interpretation of the principle of non-discrimination required of religious organisations.”

Even if the report has no direct legal effect in UN member states, the World Evangelical Alliance and the European Evangelical Alliance are concerned about some of its conclusions, which can lead to limitations of Religious Freedom in European countries.


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