Mexico Conference to Hear First-Hand Testimony of Religious Freedom Violations
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
"While often overlooked, Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of religious freedom violations in the Western Hemisphere. In areas with high indigenous populations, where traditional forms of justice are exercised, members of minority religious groups are regularly subjected to attempts at forcible conversion and participation in majority religious festivals, exclusion from state run schools, barred from access to electricity, water and farmland, the destruction of religious buildings, violence, and in the worst cases, forced expulsion. While these are all clear violations of Mexican law, the government rarely intervenes to prosecute those responsible for criminal acts, including violent crime. A report by the Mexican Commission for the Promotion of Human Rights published in September found that religious intolerance is one of the principal reasons for forced displacement in the country..."