DATABASE OF FORB PRISONERS
In 20212, our NGO started documenting cases of imprisonment of believers of all faiths around the world because of their religious activities and published annual reports in a printed form on this issue (https://hrwf.eu/forb/forb-and-blasphemy-prisoners-list-archive/).
Our NGO was the first organization to tackle this daunting task with hardly any specific budget. After 2020, our Database was available online on our website and updated every month.
After 10 years of work, we now notice that a number of initiatives have been taken locally by other institutions to monitor the flow of religious prisoners per country, region or religious group. To avoid duplicated research and update work, our Database of FORB Prisoners will now become a HUB giving access to the main USCIRF Database of Religious and Belief Prisoners funded by the US and more specific databases. This should facilitate the work of researchers.
Our HUB gives you access to a multitude of documented cases of FORB Prisoners of all faiths:
- Christians (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox)
- Muslims (Sunni, Shia, Said Nursi followers, Tabligh Jamaal followers)
- Buddhist, Hindus
- Ahmadis, Baha’is, Falun Gong, Humanists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Church of Almighty God, etc.
China is a very repressive country with a huge number of believers of all faiths arrested and imprisoned for years: thousands of Falun Gong practitioners and Church of Almighty God members + 1-2 million Uyghur Muslims reeducated in camps.
A Database of Uyghur Muslim Prisoners is run by https://www.shahit.biz/eng/ and contains over 61,000 documented cases.
HRWF also has archives off-line.
The number of documented cases below is hardly the tip of the iceberg.