The International Commission to Combat Religious Racism has released its revised map, spreadsheet, and report on Religious Racism in Brazil. These materials analyze 500 cases of religious intolerance against Afro-Brazilian faiths that have taken place since 2000. This is an ongoing project that was started in 2019 and has taken more than 1000 hours to complete. The ICCRR intends to update this report annually, adding and analyzing new cases.
Documenting Intolerance Against Afro-Brazilian Religions
Religious racism is a form of religious intolerance or discrimination that is rooted in racialized prejudices against a particular faith or faiths. The concept of religious racism comes from Brazil, where activists use the phrase “racismo religioso” to refer to discrimination against Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé and Umbanda. The report of the ICCRR focuses on Brazil because intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions has reached a critical stage in terms of both severity and frequency of attacks.
This report analyzes the 500 cases in the Religious Racism Database. The report is designed to provide some insights about the patterns and statistics that can be observed from these cases. All the cases in the database and this report were compiled based on court records, academic publications, newspaper articles, and social media posts.
Database of Cases/ Base de Dados
This database lists 500 cases of religious racism in Brazil. All the cases in the database were compiled based on court records, academic publications, newspaper articles, and social media posts. Wherever possible, it lists basic information about the case such as the name of the victim, the name of the perpetrator, the type of intolerance, the location of the intolerance, and data about the victim and the perpetrator such as age and gender.
These interactive maps track the 500 cases of religious racism in Brazil that are listed in the Religious Racism database. Each entry on the map includes a summary of the incident and links to available photos and videos. Both maps contain the same data; however, the first organizes the cases by year and the second organizes the cases by type of discrimination.