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    English | Français Each year, over 400,000 people tour the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, including many of my constituents from Cypress Hills – Grasslands. However, since many people are ...

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Vietnam’s Religious Law: Testing the Faithful

January 16, 2017

By Luke Hunt | The Diplomat NHA TRANG — In a provincial church in Nha Trang, on Vietnam’s southern coast, a steady stream of parishioners arrive for Saturday evening mass. This chapel is typical of the many churches that dot the landscape, as is its relationship with the authorities. Outside, Catholics make the sign of […]


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Two Egyptian universities start religion-blind admission

January 16, 2017

By Jacob Wirtschafter | Al-Fanar Media CAIRO—Ain Shams University administrators and others will no longer ask students about their religious affiliations on academic forms, a move that follows last year’s policy change by crosstown rival Cairo University. The reforms at Egypt’s two largest public universities reflect a push toward non-sectarianism in higher education as Egyptian […]


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A year in prison for Algerian Christian for Facebook post

January 13, 2017

By World Watch Monitor An Algerian Christian has been sentenced to a year in prison for a post he made on Facebook. On 8 January, the court in Bouira (100 km east of Algiers) found Samir Chamek, 34, guilty of insulting Islam and its prophet over items he posted on his Facebook page. Samir says […]


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Religious persecution ‘central’ to refugee crisis

January 13, 2017

By World Watch Monitor Religious persecution is playing a “central role” in the global displacement crisis, the charity Open Doors UK and Ireland has said. In its latest annual survey of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, the charity noted that more than half of the world’s 65.3m […]


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The decline of Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh communities

January 11, 2017

By Ruchi Kumar | Al Jazeera Kabul, Afghanistan – Hidden in plain sight, on a poorly lit busy road, the exteriors of the Asmayee temple are deceiving – a plain, old building that could easily be confused for any other building in Kabul. In contrast, the mosque next door stands out with its beautiful, intricate […]


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Terror fears driving Jews out of France: Report

January 11, 2017

By Postmedia Network | Toronto Sun Call it the French Rejection. More than 5,000 French Jews pulled up stakes and moved to Israel in the past year following a spike in anti-Semitism and terrorism fears, according to a new report. The 2015 Paris terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket where four […]


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Is a Christian pastor facing trumped-up charges in Sudan?

January 9, 2017

By CNA/EWTN News | Catholic News Agency Khartoum, Sudan – Charges have been dropped against one Christian pastor in Sudan, but another pastor could face execution for what his defenders say are trumped-up charges based on animosity toward their religion. In November 2015, Kuwa Shamal and Hassan Abduraheem attended a Christian conference where Abduraheem was […]


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Turkmenistan: Religious freedom survey, January 2017

January 6, 2017

By Felix Corley & John Kinahan | Forum 18 Freedom of religion and belief, with interlinked freedoms such as expression, association, and assembly, continues to be seriously restricted in Turkmenistan. Forum 18’s survey analysis documents the regime’s many freedom of religion and belief violations imposed as part of a policy to control society. Freedom of […]


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UN rights envoy to probe Myanmar Rohingya violence

January 6, 2017

By AFP Yangon (AFP) – The United Nations on Friday said its human rights envoy for Myanmar will probe escalating violence in the country, including a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, when she visits next week. UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee’s 12-day trip, starting on Monday, will also take her to Kachin state, where thousands […]


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Kazakhstan: New controls on religious travel and literature

January 6, 2017

By Felix Corley | Forum 18 “Anti-terrorism” legal changes ignoring OSCE recommendations impose foreign religious travel controls, restrict religion book imports “for personal use” to one copy per title, and reinforce state censorship of books and materials on religion. An “anti-extremism” campaign against freedom of religion and belief is planned. New ...


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Pakistan arrests 150 Islamists trying to rally in support of blasphemy law

January 5, 2017

By Mubasher Bukhari & Mehreen Zahra-Malik | Reuters Pakistani police said they arrested 150 hardline Muslim activists on Wednesday as they tried to rally in support of the country’s tough blasphemy law on the anniversary of a provincial governor’s assassination over his call to reform the statute. Security was tight in the eastern city of […]


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Turkey rejects initial appeal to release jailed US pastor

January 5, 2017

By Barbara G. Baker | World Watch Monitor A Turkish court denied an initial appeal last week for the release of Rev. Andrew Brunson, an American Protestant pastor kept under arrest for the past three months over alleged links to a terrorist organisation. In the wake of the 29 Dec. refusal to release Brunson, his […]


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A Christian was killed for their faith every 6 minutes this year

December 30, 2016

By Elisa Meyer | World Religion News A new study has found that Christians are the most persecuted people on earth today. A research conducted by The Center for the Study of Global Christianity shows that every six minutes a Christian loses their life because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Director of Center for […]


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‘No Christmas or carol singing’ orders in Santa Claus’ homeland Turkey

December 20, 2016

By World Watch Monitor “No more Christmas celebration and/or lessons on Christmas including carol singing is permitted, effective immediately”. An email on 13 December sent to about 35 German-funded teachers at Istanbul Erkek Lisesi (also known as Istanbul High School) saying that the National Ministry of Education had communicated that no more of these activities […]


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Liberal incompetence, corruption defines fall session of Parliament

December 19, 2016

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RADIO COMMENTARY The end of the fall session in Ottawa has finally come. Liberal tax breaks turned out to benefit wealthy people more than the poor. The poorly executed refugee plan that brought in 25,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees has left them without jobs and struggling to adjust to life in […]


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MPs Anderson and Sweet press Dion for human rights assistance in Tibet

December 15, 2016

Click here to view the letter to Minister Dion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom; and David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Flamborough—Glanbrook and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights, have ...


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Nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit organization or business for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

December 15, 2016

The Government of Canada announced on November 15 that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until February 3, 2017. Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients are nominated by Canadians, for Canadians. This is the chance for all Canadians, and particularly in Cypress Hills–Grasslands, to nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit […]


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Azerbaijani Christians fined over ‘illegal’ prayer meeting

December 14, 2016

By World Watch Monitor Two Azerbaijani church leaders have been fined fined 1,500 Azerbaijani Manats ($850) each for holding an “illegal” prayer meeting. All 30 attendees were initially arrested when a dozen policemen interrupted the meeting on the morning of 27 November at the house of Gamid and Ginayat Shabanov in Aliabad, a village in […]


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Tearful Jakarta governor denies insulting Quran in blasphemy trial

December 14, 2016

By Kanupriya Kapoor | Reuters A tearful governor of Jakarta denied on Tuesday he had intended to insult the Koran at the start of his blasphemy trial in the Indonesian capital, which is seen as a test of religious freedom in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Around 100 Muslim protesters calling for the jailing of […]


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