Russia Religion News reports that, after months of preparatory work and a long history of repression, the Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of Russia for the republic of Crimea and Sevastopol has immediately granted all 22 applications for… Continue reading
The Russian Ministry of Justice is planning to obtain approval on a proposal that will allow them greater control over the finances of some religious institutions.
The new powers will amend the law “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious… Continue reading
A Bill introducing changes into the federal law ‘On freedom of conscience and religious associations’ has been adopted by the Russian Parliament. The Bill now awaits the signature of the Russian president.
One of the provisions prescribes the effective… Continue reading
A total of 65 individuals and religious communities are known to have been prosecuted in 2014 across Russia for possession of allegedly “extremist” banned religious literature which does not appear to incite violence or hatred, Forum 18 News Service notes.… Continue reading
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief has called for changes in Kazakhstan laws to bring them into line with article 18 of the Covenant and other relevant international human rights standards.
The Human… Continue reading
Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) are calling for proposed new ‘race and religion’ laws in Myanmar to be scrapped, amid fears they could fuel discrimination and violence
Amnesty fear the proposed laws could entrench… Continue reading
A new analysis by Brian J. Grim of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation finds that violent incidents between religious groups are more prevalent in areas where governments restrict religious proselytization.
According to Grim’s article in The… Continue reading
The Austrian parliament has passed a Bill requiring a standardised German translation of the Qur’an, and banning both foreign imams and foreign funding for Islam in the country.
The far-right party in Austria wanted the bill, which… Continue reading
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has refused to review an appeal filed by the Russian Federation over a decision in favour of the Church of Scientology.
The case concerned the refusal of St. Petersburg authorities to… Continue reading
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on Tuesday about recent religious attacks and conversion attempts in the country, affirming his and his Government’s commitment to freedom of religion.
Modi was speaking at a national celebration of the Elevation to Sainthood… Continue reading