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


IS recaptures ‘symbol of interfaith coexistence’ Syrian town

October 13, 2017

By World Watch Monitor Islamic State (IS) jihadists have regained control of a town believed to be home to hundreds of Christian families. The group launched a surprise attack on the town of Al-Qaryatain, which was being guarded by government forces, early on Sunday. The town, in the central province of Homs, is known as […]


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Three Ahmadis sentenced to death for blasphemy

October 13, 2017

By Asad Hashim | Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Three members of Pakistan’s persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said. Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were convicted by the court on Wednesday for insulting Prophet Mohammad under […]


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Segregation fans fears of fresh ‘cleansing’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine

October 13, 2017

By Kyaw Soe Oo | Reuters MYEBON, Myanmar (Reuters) – Buddhist villagers in relatively peaceful parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine state are enforcing a system of local apartheid that punishes people trading with minority Muslims, fuelling fears that violence in the far northwest could spread to new areas. Ethnic Rakhines, who form the majority in central […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Mr. Jay Cameron

October 11, 2017

Mr. Jay Cameron Litigation Manager, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Jay Cameron is the litigation manager at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit law firm dedicated to the education and defence of Canadians constitutional rights, particularly freedom of religion and conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Jay graduated from law […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham

October 11, 2017

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham B.A., LL.B., LL.D. Professor, Trinity Western University Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program for upper-year university students focusing on public policy. She has previously served as director, law and public […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John Robson

October 11, 2017

Dr. John Robson Documentary Filmmaker, Columnist, Commentator-at-large and Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa John Robson, commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa, columnist with the National Post and documentary filmmaker, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University […]


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Anderson, IPPFoRB steering group condemn atrocities in Myanmar

October 5, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the New York Times published an op-ed by the steering group of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB): To the Editor: As members of parliaments and members of the Steering Group of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, we condemn […]


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Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face ‘harsh punishment’

September 29, 2017

By CLAIRE HEFFRON FOR MAILONLINE | Daily Mail Chinese authorities are reportedly stepping up their campaign against Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang. According to sources in the region, officials have been warning neighbourhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Muslim families are being forced to hand in religious items including the Koran and prayer […]


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RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witness Bible, Jewish, Christian, Muslim books banned

September 29, 2017

By Victoria Arnold | Forum 18 A court in Leningrad Region has outlawed the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Bible as “extremist”. The court imposed the ban despite the Extremism Law’s prohibition on such bans in relation to the main sacred works of four religions, after the judge agreed with court-appointed “experts” that the book was […]


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Tunisian women welcome repeal of interfaith marriage ban

September 29, 2017

By Akram Khalifa and Salma Ben Taher | Religion News Service TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) — A few months ago, Amina El Mahdhi was forced to go abroad to marry the man she loved. That’s because he is a Christian. And it was illegal in Tunisia for a Muslim woman to marry a man of another […]


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‘A night of terror and fear’: Coptic Christians face attacks after social media post offends local Muslims

September 29, 2017

By Florence Gildea | Christian Today Christians face charges of inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islamic leaders, after their comments on social media caused some Muslims in their village to riot. The social media posts of two young Coptic men from the village of Ezbat El-Sheikh Nageim in Upper Egypt have sparked protests in their […]


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Indonesia Sends Ominous Signal to Religious Minorities

September 27, 2017

By Andreas Harsono | Human Rights Watch The Indonesian government has just made it clear that the country’s dangerously ambiguous blasphemy law is here to stay – which is bad news for beleaguered religious minorities. During the United Nation’s periodic review of Indonesia’s rights record last week, Jakarta rejected recommendations by UN member states that […]


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Saudi Arabia: Official Hate Speech Targets Minorities

September 27, 2017

By Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Some Saudi state clerics and institutions incite hatred and discrimination against religious minorities, including the country’s Shia Muslim minority, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 62-page report, “‘They Are Not Our Brothers’: Hate Speech by Saudi Officials,” documents that Saudi Arabia has permitted government-appointed religious […]


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Burma: Landmines Deadly for Fleeing Rohingya

September 27, 2017

By Human Rights Watch (New York) – Burmese security forces have laid landmines during attacks on villages and along the Bangladesh border, posing a grave risk to Rohingya Muslims fleeing atrocities, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should immediately stop using antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. “The dangers faced […]


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‘Mass Hindu grave’ found in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

September 27, 2017

By BBC News The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave. The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men and boys were found in two pits in northern Rakhine state. The state has been in turmoil since 25 […]


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Christians With Muslim or Buddhist Backgrounds Most Heavily Persecuted in China; Leader Pleads for Bibles

September 19, 2017

By Stoyan Zaimov | The Christian Post Believers with Muslim and Buddhist backgrounds are the most persecuted Christian groups in China, according to a watchdog organization. And those Christians are in urgent need of Bibles in their own languages. “We need as many Bibles in our own languages as possible,” said Patrick, an MBB (Muslim-background […]


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Muslim, Jewish, Christian Leaders to Sign Historic ‘Bahrain Declaration’ on Religious Freedom

September 14, 2017

By Samuel Smith | The Christian Post An interfaith gathering of religious leaders will sign a historic declaration for human rights and religious freedom authored by the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. Religious leaders of all stripes — Muslims, Christians, Jews and others […]


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China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

September 8, 2017

By AFP | UK Daily Mail China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to “block extremism” and tackle what it sees as internal threats. The updated rules, released by China’s cabinet the State Council on Thursday, come as the country […]


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Chinese Government Acts To Limit Tibetan Religious Freedom

September 7, 2017

By Derek Welch | World Religion News The Chinese government has recently declared a ruling over a Tibetan Buddhism center. The ruling has rendered all authority from the center’s executive committee powerless. The Larung Gar Buddhist Learning Center is one of the biggest Buddhism education institutions in the world, and the heavy-handed rule has caused […]


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In Nepal, new law cracks down on expression of religion

September 7, 2017

By Julie Bourdon | Mission Network News Nepal (MNN) – Christianity in Nepal has two main bullies—Hindu radicals from within the country, and India. Thanks to growing pressures from these two sources, religious freedoms for minority groups are severely threatened. Earlier this month, a bill was passed that will likely restrict Christians and other groups […]


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