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Parliamentary questions
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8 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000761-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Persecution of Christians in countries around the world for their faith: seriousness of the situation detailed in Open Doors' 2019 report
 Answer in writing 

On 16 January 2019, the NGO Open Doors published the 2019 World Watch List detailing persecution of Christians in countries around the world. Between 1°November 2017 and 31 October 2018, the period examined in the report, at least 4 305 Christians were killed around the world for standing up for their faith. Open Doors reports that over 245 million Christians face serious violence and brutality on a daily basis, a figure up by 30 million on last year’s report.

Christians around the world live in very difficult circumstances. Many more unreported deaths or attacks on them occur than the number officially recorded by Open Doors. The chief causes of this dramatic escalation in anti-Christian intolerance are the religious fanaticism of some regimes in Asia, the Islamic fundamentalism prevailing in many African countries and governments whose policy is to cleanse ethnically their countries of Christianity. The latter is the case in North Korea, where the punishment for just owning a Bible is arrest, internment in forced labour camps and torture.

Given this situation:
1. What action will the Commission take to step up protection of Christians around the world and curb this unacceptable escalation in their persecution?
2. What representations will it make to the authorities in countries that are hostile to Christian minorities?
Original language of question: IT 
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