Grievous Religious Persecution Book Launch

Start Date

February 25, 2021

End Date

February 25, 2021

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in partnership with the Faculty of Law at UJ, and in association with the World Evangelical Alliance’s International Institute for Religious Freedom invite you to the online launch of the book: Grevious Religious Persecution, by Dr. Werner Nel.

DATE: 25 February 2021 at 12:00 – 13:30 GMT (14.00 – 15.30 South Africa Standard Time)

To join gthe Zoom Meeting: (Meeting ID: 892 1197 2493; Passcode 768608)

Dr. Werner Nel is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law within the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and book review editor of the International Journal for Religious Freedom. He formerly also served as secretary of the Religious Liberty Commission, South Africa (an RLP Associate Member).

From the book’s foreword by Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

“Nel focuses on grievous religious persecution as one manifestation of crimes against humanity. In spite of shocking reports in recent years about mass-scale atrocities, the issue of religious persecution so far has received comparatively limited attention in academic literature. By meticulously putting together the various elements that jointly define religious persecution, Nel’s dissertation fills a frequently felt gap. Moreover, he reminds us that humanity cannot remain silent about manifestations of grievous religious persecution, which after all are crimes against humanity as a whole. International criminal law must be applied to overcome the gloating triumph of perpetrators over their victims.”

Click here to download a PDF of the book.