Recent incidents have been read as a campaign against Christians, but other religious groups feel they are targets too.
Even now, 200 years on from the Spanish Inquisition, the locations affected appear to be poorer, less educated, and less trusting.
With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
Iran’s ongoing legal campaign to persecute marginalized groups highlights the pressing need to include human rights in any bilateral and multilateral negotiations over the nuclear deal.
It will take a global effort to slow the rise in
atrocities against religious groups.
Last week a Russian, Sergei Skrynnikov, was charged with “participating in an extremist organization” because he is allegedly a Jehovah’s Witness.
The Uyghurs are a Muslim minority group living China’s Xinjiang region. It is now estimated over one million Uyghurs have been arrested and imprisoned in China’s vast network of “re-education” camps.
In the mid-16th century, William Baldwin wrote a satire on Catholicism but waited a decade before publishing it. Sensible man.
Hans Eysenck’s denial that he was Jewish throws light on the psychological problems faced by refugees who belong to persecuted ethnic groups.
The image of cowering Christians being thrown to the lions by Roman emperors is a grisly staple of popular culture. But how accurate is it?