In early February, ahead of Italy’s elections, the leader of the far-right League party called for the closure of all “illegal” Islamic centers. In an email interview, Alessandro Ferrari discusses the status of Italy’s religious minorities, and what the rise of right-wing nationalist parties means for religious minorities.
In its 2018 World Report, Human Rights Watch said the Indian government was failing to protect religious minorities from violence and intimidation by majority Hindus. In an email interview, Sumit Ganguly discusses what the growing power of Hindu nationalists means for India’s minority communities.
Since early March, the government of President Paul Kagame in Rwanda has ordered the closing of thousands of churches and dozens of mosques, citing unsafe conditions for worshippers. In an email interview, Timothy Longman discusses the clampdown on religious freedom and the role religion plays in Rwanda.