Interfax, the Russian News agency, reports that Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev guarantees freedom of religion, but says ‘religious extremism should be sorted out’.
Speaking in Astana at a meeting with Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev, Nazarbayev… Continue reading
A YouGov poll on attitudes to the causes of Islamic and Christian terrorism shows a significant differences of views between younger and older respondents.
While “religious views” is thought to be the main cause of terrorist acts, in neither Christian… Continue reading
On 5th December 2016, 16 fully armed policemen and 12 plain clothed officers in three police vehicles forcefully entered the Tahrik Jadid (an administrative body of the Ahmadiyya community overseeing overseas missions, building mosques, and publishing literature and the Holy… Continue reading
The Russian News Agency TASS reports that the vice-chair of the Federation Council’s Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Elena Mizulina, has called for a package of draft laws aimed at combating destructive public associations and religious sects.
“I… Continue reading
Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia has reported that law enforcement agencies in Petrovpavlovsk-Kamchatsky broke out a window in a building where a Jehovah’s Witnesses worship service was being conducted, interrupted the service, and conducted a search.
Two armed… Continue reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the so-called “Yarovaya package” of laws which substantially toughen criminal accountability for a number of crimes and introduce new forms of violations of law, including “failure to report a crime”.
The package also forbids… Continue reading
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an advisory council to Congress and the US President, has added Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Vietnam to its list of countries… Continue reading
The majority of people promoting “jihad” online are using political rather than religious arguments, according to a study by two UAE-based think-tanks.
The report, by the Abu Dhabi-based Future Centre and the al-Mesbar Centre in Dubai, was released as a… Continue reading
Forum18 reports that in latest cases in Russia against Sunni Muslims who read the works of the late Turkish theologian Said Nursi, eight individuals are known to be facing charges in separate criminal investigations in four different cities.
Three of… Continue reading
The Guardian reports that French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem says pupils should be taught that the separation of church and state is there to protect them, and that the principle has been twisted by rightwing politicians.
Villaud-Belkacem told… Continue reading