International Institute for Religious Freedom

Violent Incidents Database

The Violent Incidents Database (VID) is a service of the International Institute for Religious Freedom to collect, record and analyze violent incidents concerning violations of religious freedom in all continents around the world. This open-source and dynamic repository operates on an events-based framework, ensuring continuous updates and corrections to provide accurate and up-to-date information.

The VID database, supported by the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America (OLIRE), initially focused on gathering cases from Latin America, compiling incidents from the region dating back to 2002. Additionally, this database benefits from the collaboration of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Africa (ORFA), specifically in collecting incidents from Nigeria.

Thanks to the support and funding from Global Christian Relief, incident coverage has been expanded globally, covering all five continents, and collecting incidents from 2021 to 2023.

To access the VID please click here or scroll down to the bottom of this page.

The VID aims to record violations of religious freedom, with an emphasis on tracking violence, on five continents but cannot claim exhaustive coverage. The data included in the VID is based on reports published in digital media available on the internet. Many incidents are never made public or do not receive sufficient attention from authorities or media. If you are aware of an incident and want to report it, you can do it through our online form.

There are times when incidents reported in the media are incorrect. We do not have the capacity to verify all incidents listed, though we do have a quality control and vetting process. However, where reports are flagged up as being false or incorrect, we retroactively correct entries with errors or remove them. If you think a case is missing or was erroneously reported, please contact us.

Please also take note of our Incident Reporting Guide.

The Violent Incident Database is undergoing renovations. At this time, you will be able to find incidents from 2023 backwards. We are developing a new platform to provide you with better access to the data. To access data from 2024 to the present, please contact: