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January 21, 2020   •   

British Envoy Shows ‘Respect for All Faiths’

Great Britain’s new Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Rehman Chishti, began his tenure last month by taking his oath of allegiance on three religious texts to show “respect for all faiths.“

January 20, 2020   •   

10,000 Marchers Protest Mounting Anti-Semitic Attacks

Recent violence has mobilized New Yorkers to stand with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism.

January 9, 2020   •   

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.”

January 8, 2020   •   

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.

January 1, 2020   •   

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.

January 1, 2020   •   

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.