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Moving on now more than 2.2 billion people nearly a third 32% of the world's total population.
A six point nine billion live in countries where either -- government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially.
Between mid 2006 and mid 2009 that is according to in new.
A study on global restrictions on religion released by the pew research center's forum on religion.
Life in here now to discuss this from the pew research center's senior researcher -- -- is Ryan -- so Brian first of all hello Owen and what is going on which -- general assessment of what's happening and why it's happening.
Well this is second of two studies and we've done in the first study we found that 70% of the world live in countries where there -- high or very high restrictions on religion.
And the second study we looked at the trends within.
Religious restrictions around the world and we found that they're rising and more countries than their falling in because many of the countries that are very populists that have.
She stated already to about a third of the world's population live in those countries so we're seeing though is some.
In early trend and it looks like there's some polarization.
Where countries that have high restrictions are increasing.
Where whereas countries that have low restrictions -- have declined a bit in their restrictions okay so in plain terms what does that mean.
Well -- and that means that countries that have had high restrictions or social hostilities involving religion.
Tended to have a bit higher restrictions so if you look at countries where there are strong protections for religious freedom and their constitutions.
We found they could in those countries restrictions overall were a bit less across the board and and declined slightly.
Whereas countries that had limited protections are contradictory protections for religious freedom and their constitutions.
Those countries had slight increase in the restrictions over the period we studied.
In -- -- you know you guys they're -- the Pew Research Center you don't just waste your research so having collected this data.
What should -- a normal person watching now take away from that.
Well Lou the data are it's a -- study that's being funded by our -- -- pew charitable trust in the John Templeton Foundation.
Looking end of the ways that changes in religion affect society's in the world today so if you look at.
Maybe two regions -- -- -- help viewers get a handle on this in the Middle East and North Africa.
What we found in the period of our study which is from mid 2006 to mid 2009.
Grease government restrictions on religion we're increasing.
Especially in some countries that you were just talking about -- Egypt Syria Lebanon.
Yemen and we found that there was -- substantial increase in government restrictions on religion.
In the period even before in the Arab sprained right.
And so do -- we have we don't we we didn't test and try to see.
The extent to which these restrictions on religion -- part of that but certainly they're part of the overall.
Social political forces that are shaping that region so it.
Is speaking of which -- -- there is going to be a change in the trend because obviously visited a change in trend in terms of people.
Speaking out any uprisings that we've seen so that -- the folks are saying enough is enough I'm not gonna be.
-- Preston I going to be suppressed and so how do you see.
If you see it all any changes in terms of the other side of echoing -- from the governments that.
-- I mean right now that things are such and such flux it is very difficult to see what the trend will be.
And that's and that will be the subject of our future studies -- stay tuned on that.
McCain will we we definitely will Brian Graham thank you very much senior researcher.
They're from pre Pew Research Center again you guys -- great work and think you can become yet.
Thank you fantastic.
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