Violations of Religious Freedom Law & Legal Definition


Pursuant to 22 USCS § 6402 (13) [Title 22. Foreign Relations and Intercourse; Chapter 73. International Religious Freedom], the term violations of religious freedom means “violations of the internationally recognized right to freedom of religion and religious belief and practice, as set forth in the international instruments referred to in section 2(a)(2) [22 USCS § 6401(a)(2)] and as described in section 2(a)(3) [22 USCS § 6401(a)(3)], including violations such as--

(A) arbitrary prohibitions on, restrictions of, or punishment for--

(i) assembling for peaceful religious activities such as worship, preaching, and prayer, including arbitrary registration requirements;

(ii) speaking freely about one's religious beliefs;

(iii) changing one's religious beliefs and affiliation;

(iv) possession and distribution of religious literature, including Bibles; or

(v) raising one's children in the religious teachings and practices of one's choice; or

(B) any of the following acts if committed on account of an individual's religious belief or practice: detention, interrogation, imposition of an onerous financial penalty, forced labor, forced mass resettlement, imprisonment, forced religious conversion, beating, torture, mutilation, rape, enslavement, murder, and execution.”