China bans Muslims from fasting during Ramadan

By World Religion News For the last three years, Beijing has compelled Uighur Muslim minority members living in Xinjiang province to not do any fast along with other religious rituals marking one of the holiest months in Islam. As per reports from Xinjiang province, authorities have forbidden ... Read More

Canola: Assertiveness needed with China

I’d prefer not to come back to the same issue again and again. However, Justin Trudeau’s failure to address the issues around the Chinese government’s attack on our canola farmers has emboldened the Chinese authorities to further punish our agriculture producers. Now, as they did with ... Read More

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Extremists?

By Ewelina U. Ochab | Forbes Are Jehovah’s Witnesses extremists? Russian courts certainly think so. On April 1, 2019, Sergey Skrynnikov, a practicing Jehovah’s Witness in Russia, became the second member of the religious group to be convicted under Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal ... Read More

Religious freedom ‘at 40-year-low in China’

By Madeleine Davies | Church Times Warnings that religious freedom in China is at a 40-year low, and that the country is home to one of the largest populations of religious prisoners in the world, were the backdrop to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit last week. In its annual report, ... Read More

Persecution of Christians is modern-day ‘genocide’, says report

By Jack Doyle | Daily Mail Christians are ‘by far the most persecuted’ religious group and are enduring what amounts to genocide in some parts of the world, a report concluded. They are being driven out of the Middle East in a modern-day exodus that means the religion could be wiped ... Read More

U.S. Commission says religious freedom in India deteriorated in 2018

By Sriram Lakshman | The Hindu The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan, independent federal government commission has said that there is an “overall deterioration of religious freedom conditions in 2018” in India, in its 2019 report released earlier ... Read More

Holy days are no longer holy

Holy days are no longer holy. Each time a faith group celebrates, we wait for the bad news. And last week, there was another tragedy – a directed attack, on Easter Sunday, on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka. In a well-coordinated, multi-pronged attack, Islamist suicide bombers killed ... Read More

Arrest of Christians in Nepal prompts religious freedom worry

By Catholic News Agency Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 27, 2019 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Reports of five Christians being arrested on faith-related charges in Nepal this week have sparked international concern and calls for changes to the country’s strict anti-conversion laws. “Nobody should be persecuted ... Read More

Commission asks US to punish Saudi Arabia over Shia executions

By Al Jazeera The United States government commission on religious freedom has urged action against ally Saudi Arabia after its mass execution of 37 people, most of them Shia Muslims. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose members are appointed by the president and ... Read More

China: Religious freedom crackdown reaches ‘new low point’

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Authorities in Jiangsu, China demolished 5,911 ‘folk belief’ temples within one month, according to a report released by the Christian human rights organization ChinaAid on 23 April. The report comes days after a new European Parliament resolution ... Read More

Nepal: Four Christians arrested for alleged conversion

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Four Christians have been falsely arrested for alleged involvement in conversion in Ghorahi, a city in the Dang Deukhuri District, Nepal. Conversion is illegal in Nepal. Local police arrested two men and two women at their hotel at approximately 8am on 23 ... Read More

Indonesia election exposes ethnic, religious divides

By John McBeth | Asia Times While it may have given President Joko Widodo a significantly larger majority than in the last race in 2014, Indonesia’s April 17 presidential election has put the archipelago’s religious and ethnic divides into much sharper and worrying relief. It also partly ... Read More