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
“Time To Abolish Blasphemy Laws, Uphold Freedom of Expression” says Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State David Saperstein.
In a blog post on the US Department of State’s official page, Saperstein writes:
“It is shocking… 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
Human Rights Without Frontiers has issued it’s 2015 report on minorities under oppression.
The report covers 15 religious or belief minorities, including general information on the minority, their teachings, controversies and analysis of the roots of the political repression.… 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
Reuters reports that a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers.
Longquan temple says it has developed a robot monk that can chant Buddhist mantras, move via… Continue reading
Should there be limits to freedom of speech?
Does freedom of speech include the freedom to express hatred? Should lines be drawn only at the point where speech actively incites violence? Do laws intended to prevent the spread of… 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
“Religious minority communities, particularly Muslim Crimean Tatars, suffer because of Russia’s application of its more restrictive criminal and administrative codes, notably its onerous registration requirements and notorious anti-extremism law” says U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chairman Robert… Continue reading