International Institute for Religious Freedom

Report on “Persons belonging to religious or belief minorities in situations of conflict and insecurity”

Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief​


Individuals belonging to a minority group sharing a common ethnicity, religion, or language are subject to protection under the terms of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to Minorities and Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are those. In accordance with the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 23, individuals belonging to such minorities should not be denied the right, which is shared with the other members of their group, to have their own cultural life, to practice their own religion and to use their own language. The protection of these rights is intended to ensure the preservation and continued development of the identity of the group, which differs from the identity of the majority population, and is manifested by the collective will to preserve their culture, traditions, religion or language.