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


Religious Freedom Ambassador Brownback believes Pastor Brunson will be released from Turkish prison

May 25, 2018

By Erik Rosales | CBN News U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said he believes the North Carolina pastor, Rev. Andrew Brunson will be released from Turkey. “This administration is deeply engaged on religious freedom,” Brownback said in an exclusive interview with CBN’s National Security Correspondent Erik Rosales. “I do believe Andrew Brunson […]


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Protestant churches in Algeria call on government to treat them fairly

May 23, 2018

By World Watch Monitor The organisation linking 45 Protestant churches in Algeria, l’Eglise Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), has called on the Algerian government to lift its measure for closing down churches, and to give equal treatment under the Maghreb country’s constitution. “As full citizens, we call on the highest authorities in the country to ensure that […]


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Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

May 23, 2018

By Todd Pitman | Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s army was not the only group that slaughtered civilians in the country’s volatile west last year, Amnesty International said in a new report accusing ethnic Rohingya insurgents of massacring dozens of Hindus during an escalation of a long-running communal conflict in Rakhine state. The London-based […]


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Christians in Nepal suspect Hindu extremists in sudden attacks on churches

May 21, 2018

By India Correspondent | Morning Star News NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists […]


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Saudi Arabia’s interfaith dialogue a welcome move

May 18, 2018

By Nathalie Goulet | Arab News Even a blind man would be able to see the revolution that is being accomplished in so little time in Saudi Arabia today. And this was boosted by the announcement late last month of an agreement between the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, […]


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China Escalates Nationwide Crackdown on Protestant Churches

May 17, 2018

By Qiao Long, Wong Siu-san and Lam Kwok-lap | Radio Free Asia The ruling Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Protestant churches continued on Thursday with warnings to churches in several provinces that they should shut down and the demolition of property funded by believers. A Christian church follower in the eastern province of Jiangxi said […]


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2018 Update: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Russia

May 17, 2018

Click here to view the PDF version My office has prepared an update on the state of freedom of religion or belief in Russia. Please find a link to the report below. Thank you for your engagement with issues of religious freedom. David Anderson, MP Click here to view the PDF version


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Indonesia: Three churches hit in bomb attacks

May 14, 2018

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, were hit in bomb attacks which killed 13 people and injured dozens on 13 May. The bombings are described as the worst terrorist attack in Indonesia since 2005. According to news reports, one family carried out the attack, although the Islamic State (IS, Daesh) […]


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Landmark judgment on Pakistani religious minorities yet to be honoured by the state

May 14, 2018

By Asif Aqeel and World Watch Monitor staff | World Watch Monitor When a bomber killed 127 people at a Pakistan church, the country’s Supreme Court issued a list of instructions to the government to protect religious minorities. Four years later, the government has yet to follow most of them. As with the religious freedom […]


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CHINA: USCIRF Deeply Concerned About Increasing Repression of Uighur Muslims

May 14, 2018

By USCIRF WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) denounces the Chinese government’s increasing crackdown on Uighur Muslims. The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, where the majority of Uighurs reside, increasingly resembles a police state. The Chinese government’s pervasive policies and intrusive security controls deny Uighur Muslims’ basic civil liberties and human […]


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China: Visiting Officials Occupy Homes in Muslim Region

May 13, 2018

By Human Rights Watch Chinese officials, since early 2018, have imposed regular “home stays” on families in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. These visits are part of the government’s increasingly invasive “Strike Hard” campaign in the region, home to 11 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities. During these […]


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In Iran, Christian converts face 10 year prison sentences

May 13, 2018

By Courtney Grogan | Catholic News Agency WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Iran, conversion to Christianity can be a crime meriting a sentence of more than 10 years imprisonment. Catholic churches within the country are closely monitored with surveillance cameras to ensure that Muslims do not enter, and religious schools are limited in what they can […]


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India: Catholics say BJP doctored letter to garner votes ahead of Karnataka elections

May 11, 2018

By Anto Akkara | World Watch Monitor The Catholic Church in India has deplored a “fake” letter widely circulated in social and mainstream media alleging a Catholic conspiracy ahead of tomorrow’s elections in southern Karnataka state. “This is totally unacceptable. This is a blatant attempt to spread lies,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the […]


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How Nigeria’s cattle war is fuelling religious tension

May 9, 2018

By Mayeni Jones | BBC News Sebastian Nyamgba is a tall, wiry farmer with sharp cheekbones and piercing eyes. He guides me to a small bungalow adjacent to the local church, St Ignatus. It was the home of local priest Father Joseph Gor. “This is his blood,” he says, as he points to faint pink […]


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Religious freedom efforts in the spotlight as North Korean prisoners freed

May 9, 2018

By Courtney Grogan | Catholic News Agency The release of three American prisoners from North Korea was hailed as an important first step in addressing abuses within the nation, as U.S. leaders call for a continued expansion of religious freedom initiatives in U.S. foreign policy. The freed prisoners are expected to arrive in the U.S. […]


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Religious freedom is a prerequisite for democracy – US commission

May 8, 2018

By World Watch Monitor A wealth of research shows that a society’s level of religious freedom is linked to its levels of critical social indicators, such as prosperity, stability and peace, the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom told British parliamentarians. Dr. Daniel Mark, chairman of USCIRF, an independent, bipartisan federal commission […]


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Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey

May 7, 2018

By The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey — A witness testifying anonymously against a U.S. pastor accused of spying and terror-related charges in Turkey claimed Monday that the American helped Kurdish militants and aimed to create a Christian Kurdish state, the country’s state-run news agency reported. Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson forcefully rejected the claim in the […]


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UN guilty of ‘overall failure to protect religious freedom’, claims report

May 4, 2018

By Christian Today The United Nations is failing to protect religious freedom and guard against the rise in anti-conversion laws, a damning report launched next week claims. Several Indian states, Nepal, Myanmar and Bhutan have all passed laws restricting conversion from one religion to another with the aim of promoting a national identity around one […]


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Brunson’s trial highlights Turkey’s ‘hostage diplomacy’ tactic

May 4, 2018

By Barbara G. Baker | World Watch Monitor On the eve of jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson’s second court hearing in Turkey, growing international comment has focused on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s transparent “hostage diplomacy” tactic, one of several issues seriously souring his nation’s relations with the United States. The upcoming 7 May hearing […]


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Persecution of Hazara minority must be stopped

May 4, 2018

By IMAD ZAFAR | Asia Times Being a minority in a conservative or extremist society is the worst thing a community can experience. The Hazara community residing in the Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan, is experiencing the worst surge of killings by Sunni outfits in five years. Life for them is all about […]


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