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8 Human Rights Laws Mainstream Religions Have Broken Without Punishment

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Human rights are fundamental principles that safeguard the dignity, freedom, and equality of individuals worldwide. However, even mainstream religions, which are often seen as upholders of moral values, have been guilty of violating these universal rights. This article highlights ten instances where mainstream religions have broken human rights laws without facing adequate punishment. Through the analysis of credible sources, it becomes evident that the protection of human rights should be a priority for all institutions, including religious ones.

1. Freedom of Religion: The freedom to choose and practice one's religion is a basic human right. However, some mainstream religions have historically hindered this freedom by imposing laws against apostasy, preventing adherents from leaving or adopting different beliefs. Source: United Nations Human Rights Council - Freedom of Religion or Belief (2011)

2. Freedom of Expression: Some mainstream religions have sought to suppress free expression by condemning and punishing those who criticize or question their doctrines. This obstructs the individual's right to freely express their opinions and beliefs. Source: Amnesty International - Freedom of Expression (2021)

3. Child Rights: Religions that advocate for child marriage or engage in harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation or forced conversion, infringe upon children's rights to protection, education, and agency. Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - Child Protection (2021)

4. Reproductive Rights: Certain mainstream religions restrict access to reproductive health services, including contraception and safe abortion, impeding individuals' rights to make informed decisions about their own bodies, health, and future. Source: World Health Organization - Sexual and Reproductive Health (2021)

5. Religious Coercion: Many mainstream religions exert pressure on individuals to conform to religious practices or beliefs, often leading to emotional manipulation, ostracism, or denial of services for non-compliance. This breaches the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Freedom of Religion or Belief (2021)

6. Freedom from Torture: Certain practices employed within mainstream religions, such as controversial exorcisms or conversion therapies, may violate the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Source: United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1987)

7. Freedom of Assembly: Some mainstream religions curtail the right to gather and assemble peacefully, especially when dissident voices or alternative interpretations arise within their communities, suppressing meaningful dialogue and critical thinking. Source: Human Rights Foundation - The Right to Freedom of Assembly (2021)

8. Right to Privacy: Mainstream religions, through their practices of religious surveillance or public shaming, may infringe upon an individual's right to privacy, undermining their autonomy and personal freedoms. Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Privacy (2021)

While mainstream religions play a significant role in society, it is crucial to acknowledge instances where they have infringed upon human rights without appropriate punishment. Recognizing and addressing these violations is essential for fostering an inclusive and just society that upholds the dignity and freedom of all individuals, regardless of religious affiliation.

The Global Human Rights Taskforce demands that international legal entities immediately being holding religious institutions legally accountable for their human rights violations so as to ensure a future of justice and inclusion not limited by race, religion or sex.


1. United Nations Human Rights Council. "Freedom of Religion or Belief." 2011.

2. Amnesty International. "Freedom of Expression." 2021.

3. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). "Child Protection." 2021.

4. World Health Organization. "Sexual and Reproductive Health." 2021.

5. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. "Freedom of Religion or Belief." 2021.

6. United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 1987.

7. Human Rights Foundation. "The Right to Freedom of Assembly." 2021.

8. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "Privacy." 2021.

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