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


Turkey Urges China to End Mass Detention of Muslims

By Amy Qin | Philadelphia Tribune BEIJING — Turkey has called China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority a “great shame for humanity” and has urged the Chinese government to close detention camps estimated to hold 1 ... Full Article

UZBEKISTAN: Fined for giving New Testament away

By Mushfig Bayram | Forum 18 Police searched a woman’s flat in Bukhara to seize a New Testament Shukhrat Safarov had given her. A court fined Safarov and ordered the book destroyed. The government’s Religious Affairs Committee ... Full Article

Russia must stop persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses

By The Washington Post More than 600 days have passed since Russian police in Orel, south of Moscow, arrested Dennis Christensen, a Danish national and self-employed carpenter and builder who was active in the local Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. ... Full Article

Indonesian Christian ex-governor Ahok released

By World Watch Monitor Jakarta’s former governor, known widely and simply as “Ahok”, walked out of prison today, 24 January, after serving nearly two years for blasphemy. He was granted early release, four months ahead of schedule, for ... Full Article

CRIMEA: Four years’ jail for mosque meetings

By Felix Corley | Forum 18 Crimea’s Supreme Court jailed 49-year-old Muslim Renat Suleimanov for four years for meeting with others in mosques to discuss their faith. Three others were given suspended sentences. All were accused of ... Full Article