Religious Freedom News Clippings

With the advancement of social media, the internet news allows us to see the immediate effects of religious intolerance. Suicide bombings, attacks on individuals, and recent debates on the role of religion in society spotlight that this is an issue for many countries.

Please note that the news clippings listed here and the religions they represent are not exhaustive but will grow as we add more articles. If have a link to a story that you would like us to consider including on this page, please email it to us at david.anderson.a1@parl.ca.ca.


MOST RECENT NEWS CLIPPINGS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM


Ethiopian state considers restricting ‘Christian activity’ to church buildings

April 26, 2017

By World Watch Monitor Ethiopia’s northern Tigray State is considering adopting a new law that would restrict Christian activities to within official church compounds, rendering illegal the activities of smaller churches that do not own their own buildings and gather in houses. The law, if passed, would most affect Christians from outside the Ethiopian Orthodox […]


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China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

April 26, 2017

By Benjamin Haas | The Guardian Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials in the western region of Xinjiang, home to roughly […]


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Opinion: The surveys say … yes, faith has future in Canada

April 21, 2017

By Peter Stockland | The Catholic Register Data from two major polling firms show Canadians are nowhere close to the caricature of faith-hostile atheists that we’ve been led to believe characterize us. In fact, a survey by the Angus Reid Institute released just before Easter revealed 81 per cent of Canadians are either committed believers […]


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Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calling It an Extremist Group

April 21, 2017

By Andrew Higgins | The New York Times MOSCOW — Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting its more than 170,000 Russian worshipers in the same category as Islamic State militants. The ruling, which confirmed […]


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Pakistani parliament calls for blasphemy laws reform after student’s lynching

April 21, 2017

Agency Report | The Premium Times Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday called for a reform of controversial blasphemy laws which prescribe the death penalty for insulting Islam, after a university student was killed by a mob on April 14. A resolution passed by the National Assembly condemned the lynching of the student, terming it “clod-blooded murder” […]


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Twenty tortured, then murdered in Pakistan Sufi shrine: Police

April 7, 2017

By Reuters Twenty people were tortured and then murdered with clubs and knives at a Pakistani Sufi shrine, the police said on Sunday, in an attack purportedly carried out by the shrine’s custodian and several accomplices. Four others were wounded during the attack on Sunday morning at the shrine on the edge of Sargodha, a […]


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Pakistani prosecutor to Christians: ‘I’ll acquit you if you convert to Islam’

April 7, 2017

By Asif Aqeel | World Watch Monitor The father of one of 42 Pakistanis – who are on trial for lynching two men they suspected of the double bombing of neighbouring churches in March 2015 – has confirmed that the public prosecutor offered to acquit all the suspects if they were to convert to Islam. […]


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Russia Supreme Court considers ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

April 7, 2017

By The Associated Press State news agency RIA Novosti says Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the city court in Birobidzhan to ban the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a decision that comes amid proceedings on a Justice Ministry suit to ban the religious organization in Russia altogether. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim more than 170,000 adherents in […]


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Parliamentary Forum Studies Ways to Advance Religious Freedom in China

April 7, 2017

By Limin Zhou | Epoch Times OTTAWA — With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s new ambassador to China, John McCallum, ambitious to pursue ever greater engagement with the world’s most populous nation, two former ambassadors on April 3 addressed the annual parliamentarians’ forum on religious freedom concerned about rights violations in that country. “China […]


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China remains fearful of religious freedom, forum told

April 7, 2017

By Art Babych | Anglican Journal It shouldn’t surprise anyone that China’s leaders are “deeply fearful of any manifestation of religious belief,” since it is “perpetually insecure about its hold on power,” said David Mulroney, Canada’s former ambassador to China. Limited by an ideology that can’t see anything beyond the communist vision, the Chinese government’s […]


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MPs David Anderson & Garnett Genuis host 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom

April 5, 2017

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 Deputy Critic Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, successfully hosted the 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of April 3rd. “It’s hard […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Rukiye Turdush

March 31, 2017

Ms. Rukiye Turdush Former spokesperson of East Turkistan Government in Exile, Diplomacy and Human Rights Office Rukiye Turdush was born in East Turkistan. An ethnic Uyghur, she studied history at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She immigrated to Canada in 1998. She studied international development at the University of Windsor and studied post-graduate social […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Anastasia Lin

March 31, 2017

Miss Anastasia Lin Award Winning Actress, Reigning Miss World Canada and Human Rights Advocate Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title, and was to represent Canada at the Miss World pageant in China. However, she was refused a visa and […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Andrew Bennett

March 31, 2017

Dr. Andrew Bennett Senior Research Fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, an academic and advocate for religious freedom with an extensive educational background in history, political science, and religious studies, is Senior Research Fellow with the Religious […]


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David Anderson, MP & Garnett Genuis, MP to host 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom

March 31, 2017

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 Deputy Critic Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, will be hosting the 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of April 3, 2017. […]


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Anderson encourages support for e-Petition e-761

March 17, 2017

David Anderson, MP would like to make his constituents aware of House of Commons e-Petition e-761 (Burma). E-761 calls on the Government of Canada to do all that is in its power to help the Rohingya Muslim community, including to put pressure on the Government of Myanmar to fulfill its moral and legal obligation to […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Carole Samdup

March 16, 2017

Ms. Carole Samdup Executive Director, Canada Tibet Committee Carole Samdup has served as Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee since 2012. Previously she was a senior policy advisor at the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development working as a specialist in human rights methodologies. In that capacity she participated in numerous monitoring […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Joel Chipkar

March 16, 2017

Mr. Joel Chipkar Spokesperson, Falun Dafa Association of Canada Joel Chipkar is a spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association of Canada. He has worked with the Canadian government agencies, such as the Immigration and Refugee Board in his capacity as an expert on Falun Gong and related issues. Mr. Chipkar testified at the Citizenship and Immigration […]


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SPEAKER BIO: David Mulroney

March 16, 2017

Mr. David Mulroney President & Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College David Mulroney is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Catholic federated university within the University of Toronto. He came to St. Michael’s after more than 30 years in Canada’s Public Service. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Mulroney was […]


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EU headscarf ban ruling sparks faith group backlash

March 16, 2017

By Alastair Macdonald | Reuters Companies may ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday, setting off a storm of complaint from rights groups and religious leaders. In its first ruling on an issue that has become highly charged across Europe, […]


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