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PARL World News: January 10, 2023

These news briefs are compiled and shared by the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) as a useful resource for current events.

France - December 21, 2022

Collonges-sous-Saleve celebrates Human Rights Day with a symposium titled “What is the price for human rights?” with the collaboration of the IDLR and the OHCHR.

Read more at: https://adventist.news/news/human-rights-day-celebration-at-collonges-sur-saleve

December 16, 2022 - Uganda

Two Baptist pastors were killed in Uganda for evangelizing.


December 13, 2022 - Bulgaria

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Bulgaria’s government for violating religious freedom rights of Evangelical Christians. The Court ruled that the government had “disproportionately infringed” on the religious freedom of the Pastors and their churches.”



Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22 year-old Nigerian Sufi musician, is challenging Northern Nigeria’s blasphemy laws. He was sentenced to death in 2020 after being convicted of blasphemy by an Islamic court. “Blasphemy laws are incompatible with religious freedom” says Sean Nelson, Legal Counsel of Global Religious Freedom, “and a significant contributor to violence and instability in the country.” Yahaya’s Supreme Court appeal has the potential to overthrow Northern Nigeria’s draconian Sharia-based blasphemy laws.


December 13, 2022 - Azerbaijan

Two Shia Muslim women were fined for organizing religious events involving children.