· The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by left-wing activists who had sought the removal of provisions in the Irish constitution requiring a person about to assume the office of president, or member of the Council of State, to take the oath with reference to God.
· The complainants, who claim to be non-believers, argued that such an obligation violates their freedom of conscience and religion.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has published its annual report, which shows that the number of religious hate crimes continues to increase. Christians are their target in all of the OSCE member states. It is shaped, amongst others, by the political and media marginalisation of this social group or presenting its detrimental image.
The number of acts of hostility against Christians in Poland is increasing. In 2019, there were physcial attacks on priests, including those with the use of a knife, disrupting services or devastating objects of worship. There were also numerous anti-Christian provocations by LGBT activists.
Open Doors, international organization which examines the situation of Christians and the intensity of their persecution, has issued its annual report. It concluded that the bloody persecution of Christians is intensifying globally. 260 million were affected in 2019.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that Switzerland violated human rights by denying asylum to an Afghan man who converted to Christianity from Islam and fled his homeland fearing persecution.
August 22 is celebrated as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.