REPORT: Religious Freedom in Vietnam Remains Abysmal

My office has prepared an update on the state of freedom of religion or belief in Vietnam. Please find a link to the report below. Thank you for your engagement with issues of religious freedom. David Anderson, MP Click here to view the PDF version Read More

Closed churches force Copts to hold funerals in the streets

By World Watch Monitor Coptic Christians in various parts of Egypt have been left with no choice but to hold funeral services in the streets because of the closure of their churches. Coptic news site Watani reported on a street funeral last week in the village of Dimshau Hashim, in Minya ... Read More

Anwar ‘Appalled’ by Suu Kyi, Criticizes China’s Muslim Camps

By Daniel Ten Kate and Sophie Kamaruddin | Bloomberg Anwar Ibrahim, who’s in line to become Malaysia’s next premier, blasted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya and called for formal talks on China’s crackdown against its Muslim minority. “I was appalled by the ... Read More

A New Pakistan Government, a New Way to Persecute Ahmadis

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid | The Diplomat On Friday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government asked economist Atif R. Mian to step down from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) owing to a backlash over his Ahmadiyya faith. The objection was raised by radical Islamist groups like the ... Read More

Chinese Authorities Continue to Destroy Mosques in Xinjiang

By Shohret Hoshur | Radio Free Asia Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region say that authorities are continuing a campaign to destroy mosques as part of a wider crackdown on their religion, contradicting a recent comment by a Chinese diplomat that the region has more ... Read More

China’s Jaw-Dropping Family Separation Policy

By Sigal Samuel | The Atlantic Tahir Imin is the type of father who likes to take a video of his daughter each and every week. His phone is full of clips and photos of her: in a tutu, holding up a drawing, on a merry-go-round. Even at age six, she would ride piggyback on […] Read More

Primate of Rwanda defends mass closure of churches

By Madeleine Davies | Church Times The closure of thousands of places of worship in Rwanda has been defended by the country’s Anglican Primate, Dr Laurent Mbanda, who said that “the picture being painted is different from what we see and know in the country.” About 8000 official and ... Read More

China crackdown on churches in Henan continues

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide A crackdown on Protestant and Catholic churches by authorities in Henan continues to violate religious communities’ freedom of religion or belief across the province. In April 2018, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that authorities in Henan ... Read More

Sign the petition to amend bill C-75

I would like to provide a link to the Hon. Rob Nicholson’s paper petition regarding Bill C-75 and the troubling Liberal proposal to make traditionally indictable offences eligible for summary conviction. Through C-75, many heinous crimes that were punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment ... Read More

REPORT: Religious Freedom Under Siege in Cuba

My office has prepared an update on the state of freedom of religion or belief in Cuba. Please find a link to the report below. Thank you for your engagement with issues of religious freedom. David Anderson, MP Click here to view the PDF version Read More

Over 200 Dervishes Convicted In Iran In ‘Unjust’ Trials, HRW Says

By Radio Free Europe Iranian courts have sentenced more than 200 members of a Sufi order to prison terms and other punishments over the past four months in one of the largest crackdowns against a religious minority in Iran in a decade, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. In a statement on August 29, ... Read More

Indonesia: Blasphemy case stokes fears of state capture by hard-liners

Keith Loveard | UCA News Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his annual national address to the nation before Independence Day, urged the country to embrace its founding spirit of tolerance. Those who had fought for independence had not been able to triumph without throwing off differences of ... Read More

Ahmedi worship place burnt down, 30 injured in Faisalabad

By Pakistan Today FAISALABAD: At least 30 people, including six belonging to Ahmadiyya community, were injured and Ahmedis’ place of worship was set on fire after a petty dispute was blown out of proportion into a violent clash in Faisalabad’s Ghaseetpura area on the second day of Eid. ... Read More