Millions around the world still suffer persecution because of their faith – Religious Freedom under threat by Islamist hyper extremism

The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), warns of the global impact of “a new phenomenon of religiously-motivated violence”, which it terms “Islamist hyper-extremism”.

Key characteristics of “Islamist hyper-extremism” include systematic attempts to drive out all dissenting groups – including moderates, unprecedented levels of cruelty, global reach and the effective use of social media, often used to glamorise violence.

Adding its voice to calls for Daesh (ISIS) persecution to be recognised as genocide, the report’s authors warn of a widespread attempt to replace pluralism with a religious mono-culture.

The report, which assesses the situation regarding religious freedom in each of the world’s 196 countries, concludes: “In parts of the Middle East including Iraq and Syria, this hyper-extremism is eliminating all forms of religious diversity and is threatening to do so in parts of African and the Asian Sub-Continent.