World must respond to Islamic State genocide actions, U.N. conference hears


Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks during a conference addressing the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa at the United Nations April 28. Looking on is Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)
UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — While religious freedom in much of the Middle East is under siege and the civil war in Syria seems to have no end in sight, Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, and others called the United Nations to action.The U.N. plays a crucial role in securing the future of the region, particularly for people being tortured, kidnapped and killed because of their religious beliefs, Anderson said during a daylong conference April 28.
Anderson’s presentation came during one of three panel discussions at the conference sponsored by the office of the Vatican’s permanent observer to the U.N. and joined by In Defense of Christians and other organizations focusing on human rights abuses in the Middle East.Presenters included people who experienced or witnessed atrocities being committed against religious minorities.


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UN committee vice-chair accused of anti-Church bias
Critic cites 'a frontal attack on the Church' in UN-Holy See meeting.
Posted on May 20, 2014, 4:45 PM

A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy See should recuse herself or step down on account of bias, several critics have said.
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the U.S.-based Catholic Association, said American Felice Gaer should recuse herself from writing the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture’s report on the Holy See because she is “clearly beholden to the interests of the abortion lobby” and has shown “she does not think the Church has a right to its religious teachings.”


UN Official: India’s ‘Conversion’ Laws Threaten Religious Freedom

India’s laws restricting religious conversions–intended to protect people from being forced to change their beliefs — are an obstacle to religious freedom, a senior United Nations figure said in an interview.Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, spoke to The Wall Street Journal last week.