Counteractive responses to religious persecution

Selective contextualised overview


  • Werner Nicolaas Nel


religious persecution, counteractive responses, freedom of religion or belief, human rights advocacy, discrimination


Advocating on behalf of people who are persecuted on the basis of their religious identities can require a wide range of interventions, including judicial, political or other measures. An appropriate response intended to counteract incidents of religious persecution is essential. Viewed holistically, persecution can comprise a spectrum of concurrent contextual perceptions, which may result in a variety of responses. A fitting response to religious persecution depends on situational awareness; therefore, responses should not be mindlessly reproduced and applied to other contexts. Decisive but sensitive responses can counteract the detrimental impact of religious persecution, especially in relation to religious freedom, and show solidarity with those who have been persecuted.