There is no doubt that 2020 has brought challenge and uncertainty like no other year, not only for CSW as an organisation, but more importantly, for the people and communities we work for.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many referred to it as a ‘great leveller’, impacting all of society alike. As the UK entered the first lockdown, and many other countries did likewise, we warned that this crisis had the potential of being exploited by authoritarian governments to legitimise crackdowns or violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief. We raised concerns that religious communities that regularly experience violations may be targeted further.
As 2020 drew to a close, it was clear that the suffering of certain religious communities who have faced long-standing harassment, discrimination, mistreatment and even persecution, had been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Despite the challenges, we look back on the year are incredibly proud of all that we have achieved on behalf of so many communities who have been at even greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Look ahead, writing this with hope of soon emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty and challenges it has brought, CSW remains committed to addressing the desperate injustices unfolding in many of the countries on which we work, and we look forward to all that God will do through us to bring about justice and freedom this year.
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