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- Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2016, by John Pontifex, editor-in-chief, with a Foreword by Father Jacques Mourad (Surrey: Aid to the Church in Need, 2016) published on 24 November 2016). Available through this page of Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2016, with the Executive Summary on this page. Published by Aid to the Church in Need – United Kingdom.
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“Of the 23 countries that showed high levels of persecution… In 16 countries the persecution was linked to extremist Islam… In 6 of the remaining countries the persecution was attributed to authoritarian regimes… And in 1 country – India – the persecution was linked to Hindu extremists.
“In addition, faith groups in the West have experienced increasing hostility and pressure in a society where secularism and atheism have gained prominence. In this region of the world, there has been a growth in acts of hatred and institutional intolerance towards religious groups and the values they uphold.”
(As summarized on the home page of Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2016, paragraph break supplied)