Annual Report

CSW 2015 highlights

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The team at CSW has already been working hard this year! Religious freedom continues to get unprecedented media coverage, and our wonderful supporters have helped us make the most of this opportunity by getting behind our campaign to end hate speech.

Meanwhile in South Asia, our pioneering conference with human rights lawyers brought together 25 legal professionals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. They shared experiences, best practice in appealing for the change of discriminatory legislation (such as the blasphemy laws in Pakistan), research – and a new feeling of solidarity and hope.

At the UN Human Rights Council in March, we were hugely encouraged to hear the interim report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea’s human rights. They confirmed our findings, and we’re hopeful that the final report in June will lead to strong international action to tackle the crisis in Eritrea. It’s a country where almost
every human right is violated, including religious freedom.

I know things look bleak when you watch the news. But the overriding feeling I’ve had so far this year is that there is hope even in the darkest times. With your support, campaigning and prayers, we’ll keep working towards our dream of a world where everyone is free to follow and practise their religious beliefs.

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Mervyn Thomas

Chief Executive

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