In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion
A new Pew Research analysis finds that 30 of the world’s countries (15%) belong to a unique group of nations that call for their heads of state to have a particular religious affiliation.
As FIFA attempts to curb racism at the World Cup, a look at hate speech laws worldwide
Hate-speech laws exist in 89 countries around the world (45%). In some countries, the laws protect only certain religious or social groups, while others have broader laws, covering words or actions that insult, denigrate or intimidate a person or group based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or other traits.
Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?
In dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today.
How religious harassment varies by region across the globe
Here’s a region-by-region look at where religious harassment takes place, and to which groups.
Religious police found in nearly one-in-ten countries worldwide
As of 2012, at least 17 nations have police that enforce religious norms. Religion police forces are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, and are also found in the Asia-Pacific and in sub-Saharan Africa.
Key findings about growing religious hostilities around the world
Highlights from the fifth annual Pew Research Center study of religious hostilities around the world.