Lecturer Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy
A university lecturer has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blaspheming against Islam, drawing international attention to a verdict that independent United Nations human rights monitors have criticized as a “travesty of justice.”
Egypt Holds Christian Coptic Activist in Pretrial Detention
Ramy Kamel, an Egyptian citizen noted for his work in documenting attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christian churches and defending the human rights of the minority faith, is in pretrial detention in Cairo on a charge of belonging to a terrorist group.
Muslim Volunteers in Canada Care for the Homeless in a Bus
As many as 900 Canadian Muslims are taking turns driving around Toronto at night in a bus through early March to provide the city’s homeless hot meals, hygiene kits, warm winter clothing and a chance to rest or seek temporary shelter.
What Does the Future Hold for Religion?
As the world bids goodbye to this millennium’s second decade, what will the next 10 years hold? Religion News Service put that question to an intellectually and spiritually diverse range of scholars, leaders, activists and experts, asking them to reflect on the past decade and use it as a springboar
December 30, 2019 •
The UN Condemns Myanmar for Human Rights Abuse
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution calling on Myanmar (formerly Burma) to stop inciting hatred against Rohingya Muslims and other members of minority religions in the Southeast Asian nation.
December 26, 2019 •
Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Focuses on Change
Pope Francis has urged the Catholic Church to think about new ways of evangelizing to counter the growing secularization of the West, describing the effort as the Church's “first and most important duty.“
December 20, 2019 •
State Department Targets Violators of Religious Freedom
The United States Department of State has designated nine nations as “Countries of Particular Concern” for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedoms.
December 19, 2019 •
India’s New Citizenship Law Provokes Mass Protests and Violence
Violent unrest has erupted across India over a contentious new citizenship law that offers immunity to undocumented immigrants from half a dozen religious faiths but excludes Muslims.
November 27, 2019 •
Thanksgiving: A Tradition as Old as America
President George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in 1789 as a day to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God
November 5, 2019 •
21Wilberforce Launches Freedom Center for Global Advocacy
21Wilberforce, a human rights organization named for William Wilberforce, a 19th-century British lawmaker who was key in the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, has launched Freedom Center, a new resource for human rights advocacy.