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Let Us Worship

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Worship, in public and in community, is an essential part of the human right to freedom of religion. This right is inherent and affirmed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During this difficult year, many have turned to rely on the hope of their faith. However, in a number of countries, the right to worship was denied for extended periods due to disproportionate and unlawful bans on church services and even private prayer.

Meanwhile, places of business such as supermarkets and bicycle shops were allowed to open with safety measures in place, but not churches.

We believe the state is not entitled to pick and choose ‘favourites’ when it comes to deciding what is essential. Freedom of religion is a fundamental right. Governments the world over have failed to advance compelling reasons to explain why vulnerable people cannot be protected by churches employing the same safety measures as governments allow in commercial venues.

Churches are essential. They are a source of hope and comfort, especially in a time of crisis.
Let us worship.

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. Working on an international level, we have a full-time presence at all the institutions of strategic international importance. We are accredited by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the European Parliament and Commission, and the Organization of American States (OAS). Additionally, we enjoy participatory status with the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and engage regularly with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). On a national level, we work with local partners to provide training, funding, and legal advocacy.