International Institute for Religious Freedom

African Countries Dominate New Anti-Religious Violence Database, but Latin American countries show alarming rise


In this report, the authors present recent findings from the Violent Incidents Database (VID), an innovative tool of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF), which illuminates a troubling global trend of anti-religious violence. The data exposes that African countries are at the forefront of incidents targeting Christians, with Nigeria leading in the number of killings, abductions, and displacements. The report also underscores a significant surge in anti-religious violence in Latin American countries, notably Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras, indicating the influence of organized crime in these regions. This comprehensive database provides insight into the intricate and widespread nature of religious discrimination on a global scale, underscoring the urgent need for attention and action to address these human rights violations.