ERLC, other advocates speak at UN to defend religious liberty worldwide

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity and other advocacy organizations expressed concern to the United Nations regarding the Malaysian government’s continued refusal to protect the right of all citizens to practice their faith. 

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined Alliance Defending Freedom International and the World Evangelical Alliance in a March 5 statement regarding the Muslim majority country to the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The ERLC and its allies responded to Malaysia’s newly elected government’s decision to reject previous UNHRC recommendations, which has led to “the deteriorating situation” for freedom of belief in Malaysia.

The statement said the organizations are “highly concerned” the Malaysian government is only willing to protect religious liberty within its constitutional framework and not to the international human rights standards that include the freedom to change religion or belief. (BP)