Religious Violence Statistics: Market Report & Data

In the following blog post, we present a comprehensive overview of religious violence statistics from various countries and regions across the globe. These statistics shed light on the prevalence and impact of religious hostilities, terrorism, discrimination, and hate crimes related to religion. From escalating communal violence in India to government restrictions on religious practices worldwide, these data points provide valuable insights into the challenges faced by different communities due to religious conflicts.

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"Religious hostilities and violence continued to remain high around the world for the second year in a row in 2013, with 39% of all countries experiencing high levels of social hostilities involving religion."

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"About three-in-ten countries worldwide (29%) had a high or very high level of religious hostilities in 2016."

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"India saw a rise of 30% in communal violence incidents from 2014 to 2017."

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"In Central African Republic, thousands of people were killed due to religious violence between 2013-2014."

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"In 2019, the Global Terrorism Index cited religion as a primary motivator in 66.5% of terrorist incidents."

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"In 2016, Christians were the most harassed religious group, under assault in 144 countries."

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"36 countries overall, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, have dealt with religiously motivated terrorism or sectarian violence in 2016."

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"In 2015, 79% of the global population lived in countries with high or very high levels of restrictions and/or hostilities towards certain religions."

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"59% of countries in the Americas region experienced some level of government restrictions on religion in 2016."

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"Violence and discrimination towards religious minorities has risen in Indonesia, with 97 incidents recorded in 2017."

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"In 2019, around 83% of the world's population lives in nations with high or very high religious restrictions."

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"From 2007 to 2017, the Middle East and North Africa region saw the largest increase in government restrictions on religion, from 29% to 80%."

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"In New Zealand, hate crimes against Muslims increased by 1200% following the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019."

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"In the United States, 20.8% of all hate crimes reported in 2019 were due to religious bias."

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"In France, there was a 77% increase in religious violence against Muslims in 2015 following the Charlie Hebdo attack."

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"In Northern Ireland, 58% of all hate crimes recorded in 2016/17 by PSNI were of a sectarian nature, a category predominantly involving religious prejudice."

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The statistics presented highlight the persistent and alarming trend of religious violence and hostilities across the globe. From a rise in communal violence incidents in India to the use of religion as a primary motivator in terrorist incidents, these numbers underscore the widespread impact of religious tensions on societies worldwide. Government restrictions on religion, hate crimes, and discrimination against religious minorities are prevalent issues in various regions, reflecting the urgent need for concerted efforts to promote religious tolerance and peace. The data serves as a stark reminder of the complex challenges posed by religious violence and the crucial importance of fostering dialogue and understanding among different faith communities.

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