The study examines the development of religious freedom from 2007 to 2017.
While the overall picture is grim, the study highlights some positive results in the evolution of religious freedom. For example, interreligious tension and violence, such as confrontations between Hindus and Muslims in India, declined over the 10-year period.
On the other hand, in 2007, 91 countries were affected by violence between religious communities. In 2017, there were only 57.
However, the study also highlights some negative results, such as 52 governments imposing restrictions on religion in 2017, 12 more than in 2007. Moreover, according to this study, Christians are the most persecuted group in the world and suffer harassment in 143. Muslims are also not far away. This is because they face discrimination of various kinds in 140 nations.
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