Faith & Religious Freedom

Jailing of Jehovah’s Witnesses ushers in return of religious persecution in Putin’s Russia

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  The jailing and six-year prison sentence handed down to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia has been widely condemned by the international community, including the EU. Their arrests follow the jailing of Danish-born Dennis Christensen, a Danish...

Opinion: Poroshenko’s church politics steers Ukraine further away from Europe

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To save his sagging political fortunes, the man responsible for the failure of Ukrainian reforms, violations of human rights and corruption is putting on a priestly robe. The sins of graft, lawlessness, and authoritarianism are...

Belgian ban on religious animal slaughter angers Jewish and Muslim communities

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A controversial decision by the Belgian region of Flanders to ban ritual animal slighter for religious purposes has angered the country's large Jewish and Muslim minorities, both of whom view the move as evidence that the...

NGOs coalition calls on EU politicians to pledge for freedom of religion or belief

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The Faith and Freedom Summit, a coalition of faith-based and non-faith-based NGOs, has launched a call to all MEPs and Spitzenkandidats to sign a pledge that reads as follows: "I pledge that I will uphold and...

Malaysia arrests four Finns for alleged missionary work

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Four Finnish citizens were arrested at a hotel in Malaysia’s Langkawi district on November 20 on allegations that the group was illegally distributing Christian missionary paraphernalia at public places on a popular resort island 30 km...

Irish voters want to abolish blasphemy laws

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Though Ireland opted to reelect President Michael D Higgins to a new term on October 26, international attention focused on a referendum to end the strict Catholic country's blasphemy laws adopted in 1937 when the...