Feature | Jul 15, 2019
A closer look at changing restrictions on religion

Pew Research Center has analyzed restrictions on religion around the world for 10 years, finding that global restrictions have risen. What is happening in some of the countries with the biggest changes?

Feature | Jul 15, 2019
Restrictions on religion among the 25 most populous countries, 2007-2017

In 2017, among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia had the most restrictions on religion, while Japan, South Korea, South Africa, the Philippines and Brazil had the fewest restrictions. Click play to see how restrictions have changed in each country since 2007. Read the full report.

Short Read | Nov 7, 2018
In 2016, emergency laws restricted religious freedoms of Muslims more than other groups

In 2016, seven nations – Turkey, Brunei, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Niger and Tunisia – directly used emergency laws to restrict religion, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual religious restrictions study. While a number of different religious groups were targeted, these laws imposed restrictions on Muslims more than any other group.

Short Read | Oct 11, 2018
Recent Chinese dealings with faith groups reflect a pattern of government restrictions on religion

While the Chinese government asserts that it protects religious freedom, a series of annual Pew Research Center reports on religious restrictions around the globe have detailed government efforts aimed at maintaining strict control over religious beliefs and practices in the country. Two recent events have brought this into focus: China’s agreement with the Vatican on […]

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