December 10, 2017 •
Launching a Year-Long Campaign Leading Up to the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights December 10, 1948, was a milestone for Mankind. For the first time, there was an exposition of the 30 fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
December 6, 2017 •
Blasphemy Laws and Their Threat to Religious Freedom
According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), more than one-third of the world’s countries criminalize blasphemy—speaking ill of things sacred to indigenous religions. In some countries, blasphemy carries a death sentence.
November 30, 2017 •
New Violence Against Bangladeshi Hindus May Have Political Motive
One youth died and homes were burned when violence erupted November 10 in Thakurpara, a majority Hindu village in Rangpur Sadar in Northern Bangladesh. The mob of some 20,000 was incited by rumors that a Hindu resident defamed Islam in a Facebook posting.
November 29, 2017 •
Tillerson Urges Myanmar to Investigate Rohingya Attacks
On November 15, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Myanmar to meet with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian head of the country, to discuss “credible reports of widespread atrocities” by the country’s security forces against the minority Muslim Rohingya population.
November 16, 2017 •
USCIRF Explains Why it Urges the State Department to Include Russia and Pakistan on the Countries of Particular Concern List
In the annual report, released in April, USCIRF recommended that 16 countries be designated CPCs: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
November 15, 2017 •
An Important Step Forward for Religious Freedom in Indonesia
In a surprise advance for religious freedom in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, the nation’s top court has overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous native faiths.
November 12, 2017 •
France and Poland at Loggerheads Over Statue of Pope John Paul
World attention was attracted to the town of Ploërmel in Brittany last week when France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, ruled that a large cross over the nearly 25-foot statue of Pope John Paul in prayer be removed, for contravening a 1905 law banning any “religious sign or emblem” in a public space.
November 12, 2017 •
Understanding Hungary’s Repressive Religion Law
The U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 includes a summary of the 2011 Hungary religion law and an overview of the country’s practices in violation of the freedom of religion or belief, which includes the following key information.
November 11, 2017 •
Rev. Eric Roux: Europe’s Religious Freedom Fighter
Excerpts from an article published in the Faith in Faiths blog, featuring Rev. Eric Roux, President of the United Churches of Scientology of France and Vice President of the Church of Scientology European Office of Public Affairs and Human Rights.
November 9, 2017 •
Anglican Christian Clerics Attend Second International Conference on Religious Tolerance in the Middle East
Christian religions, and particularly the Anglican Church, have been alarmed by the steady disappearance of Christianity in the Middle East. The number of Christians among the population of these lands has gone from 7 percent to just 1.5 percent, according to 2016 statistics.