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


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 ... Full Article

The state of religious freedom in Sri Lanka

By Release International | Christian Today The death toll continues to rise following Easter service bomb attacks against churches in Sri Lanka. “We’re shocked and appalled and our prayers go out for our brothers and sisters in Sri ... Full Article

Speaking of Christchurch

By Susan Korah | Convivium March 15 was a turning point in the history of the ancient Roman Empire and also of the modern nation of New Zealand. On that day in 44 B.C., known to ancient Romans as the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was assassinated ... Full Article

CHINA: More Than Twenty Arrested in Shanghai

By ChinaAid Authorities in the city of Shanghai seized more than 20 Christian business leaders, along with one American citizen, in the early morning of April 4th. According to ChinaAid, the arrests were directly tied to their faith and church ... Full Article

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

By Darren Byler | The Guardian In mid-2017, Alim, a Uighur man in his 20s, returned to China from studying abroad. As soon as he landed back in the country, he was pulled off the plane by police officers. He was told his trip abroad meant that ... Full Article

China’s dire clampdown on religious freedom

By Jonathan Manthorpe | Asia Times Containing and controlling religion has always been a vicious, violent and frequently deadly objective of the Chinese Communist Party. And that contest has become ever more emotionally charged in recent years ... Full Article