• A surge of Islamist hyper-extremism in the Middle East

    The period under review has seen the emergence of a new phenomenon of religiously motivated violence which can be described as Islamist hyper-extremism, a process of heightened radicalisation, unprecedented in its violent expression.

  • 38 countries show evidence of religious freedom violations

    Over 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (Pew Research Center). Of the 196 countries reviewed in this report, 38 showed unmistakable evidence of significant religious freedom violations.

  • The Pope and the Iman: ``The meeting is the message``.

    May 2016: Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque met at the Vatican in what representatives of both faiths described as a historic encounter.

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ISLAMIST EXTREMISM AND HYPER-EXTREMISM, OBSERVED IN COUNTRIES INCLUDING AFGHANISTAN, SOMALIA AND SYRIA, HAS BEEN A KEY DRIVER IN THE SUDDEN EXPLOSION OF REFUGEES WHICH, ACCORDING TO UNITED NATIONS FIGURES  FOR THE YEAR 2015, WENT UP  TO A NEW HIGH OF 65.3 MILLION

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