"Climate of paranoia" fuels persecution in the name of religion

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Heiner Bielefedt. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A political vacuum leading to a "climate of paranoia" helps encourage religious persecution and violence.

That's according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

He has been reporting on abuses committed in the name of religion, during the past year, especially as they affect religious minorities, women and children.

May Yaacoub asked Mr Bielefeldt what kinds of human rights issues he had encountered over the past year.

Duration: 4'24"

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