Aykan Erdemir & Merve Tahiroglu: The Brunson farce

By Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu | World Magazine On Wednesday American pastor Andrew Brunson—unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for almost 20 months—will appear in court. Turkish judges refused to release him after his previous two hearings on April 16 and May 7. The 62-page ... Read More

Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

By The Japan Times LINXIA CITY, CHINA – Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Mecca,” but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals said they fear is a ... Read More

Vietnamese Religious Minorities Continue to Face Persecution

By Evan Maguire | The American Spectator On Wednesday, July 11th, the United States Embassy in Vietnam issued a statement criticizing a decision by a Vietnamese appeals court to continue to detain three human rights activists for “propaganda against the State.” These activists were not part ... Read More

A ‘Right’ to Abortion?: Abortion in Canadian Courts

                Is there a right to abortion in Canada? There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation in the recent discussion on this issue. For those who are interested, my office has prepared a brief synopsis of the rulings and perspectives of ... Read More

Muslim region of Philippines to have religious freedom

Jose Torres Jr. | UCA News Freedom of religion will be enshrined in a proposed law that will allow the creation of a new autonomous Muslim region in the southern part of the Philippines. A congressional bicameral committee agreed this week to adopt a provision that will allow freedom of ... Read More

Christians matter least in Pakistani politics

By Asif Aqeel | World Watch Monitor As Pakistan prepares for elections later this month, the country’s minorities – particularly its Christians – have expressed dismay at their lack of representation among the candidates. Among the thousands of candidates contesting hundreds of provincial ... Read More

Pakistan Ahmadi Muslim man shot dead following threats

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Mr Qazi Muhammed Shoban, an Ahmadi Muslim man, was shot dead on 25 June. Mr Qazi Muhammed Shoban, an Ahmadi Muslim man, was shot dead in his home in the Nishtar Colony area of Lahore, Pakistan on 25 June. Two masked men entered his home and one led his wife ... Read More

Letter to the Editor: Defend Local Jobs Tour

OTTAWA, ON Dear Editor, Canadian workers have been facing a direct threat to their livelihood for months. And despite having over a year to prepare for this situation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have made it clear that they don’t have a plan. Recently, the United ... Read More

Church of Muslim converts told to close in Kyrgyzstan

By World Watch Monitor A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship. A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the last few months by a ... Read More

America ups the ante over Pastor Brunson’s detention

By World Watch Monitor The American Charge d’Affaires in Ankara has said that Turkey’s continued detention of pastor Andrew Brunson on spying and terrorism-related charges is impeding US-Turkish relations. Philip Kosnett said there is a “strong sense of unity in Congress between ... Read More

Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’

By Mujib Mashal and Fatima Faizi | The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — In downtown Kabul, from a large mural painted on blast walls at the end of a busy shopping street, the piercing eyes of Komal Singh, now a fourth grader, peer out at the narrow junction. For the past couple of years, ... Read More