FAITH & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Supported by the Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition

Montenegro adopts law on religious rights amid nationwide protests

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Montenegro’s parliament adopted the controversial law on religious rights, sparking widespread chaos. Supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church gathered to protest the law, that they...

Putin accuses Poland of anti-Semitism, colluding with Hitler

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Russia’s president Vladimir Putin accused Poland of colluding with Hitler and of anti-Semitism. The move raised further tensions between the two countries, after last week...

Pope holds Christmas Eve mass, delivers message of forgiveness

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Pope Francis held a solemn Christmas Eve mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The traditional mass marks the birth of Jesus Christ, and is one...

Serbian Orthodox church protests religious freedom bill in Montenegro

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The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro is protesting against a controversial law on religion drafted by the Podgorica parliament on 5 December, which the...

Celebrating the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Geneva

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To mark the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a two-day conference took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva...

Hong Kong protesters clash with police after Uyghur solidarity rally

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At least two Hong Kong protesters were arrested on 22 December after police broke up a rally in support of China's Uighur minority. The protests...

Catholic group admits sexual abuse of minors

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According to an internal report published on 21 December, the late founder of the Legionaries of Christ branch of the Roman Catholic Church, Father Marcial...

Pope urges closure of Libya’s migrant detention camps

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Pope Francis called on 19 December for migrant detention centres in Libya to be closed, and called the indifference to the abuses suffered by...

India bans protests against citizenship law

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Indian police has denied the permission for scheduled protests in parts of the capital Delhi, and throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. People...

Daughter of jailed Uyghur activist accepts 2019 Sakharov Prize

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Ilham Tohti, an advocate for China's Uyghur minority, who is serving a life sentence in China since 2014 on separatism-related charges, won the 2019...

Pope ends secrecy rules for sex abuse cases

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Pope Francis is taking a major step to fight pedophilia silence in the Vatican. Francis announced on 17 December a new document that lifts...

Trump’s anti-Semitism executive order sparks rights groups’ criticism

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United States' President Donald Trump announced on 10 December he was about to issue an executive order that threatens to withhold federal funding from...

ICJ slams Aung San Suu Kyi over silence on Rohingya genocide

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Once hailed as a generational human rights defender, Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from acclaimed Nobel prize winner to international...

Thousands rally in Italy around threatened Holocaust survivor

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A Holocaust survivor who has been given a police escort due to anti-Semitic threats was hailed on 10 December in Milan by hundreds of...

New York Sikhs launch online fundraiser for a mosque in India

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A New York man and his son, both of whom are Sikhs, are raising funds to purchase land for Muslims in Nadala, a mainly...

Republicans introduce LGBTQ non-discrimination bill

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Republicans lawmakers put forward a pro-LGBTQ legislation on Friday that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, commercial credit and...

France creates anti-hate crime office amid wave of antisemitism

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In the wake of more than a 100 Jewish graves being desecrated with swastikas in eastern France, the country's interior minister, Christophe Castaner, announced...

Pope sends envoy to Greek island to bring asylum seekers to the Vatican 

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Pope Francis has sent a papal envoy to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring 33 asylum-seekers back to Rome, the Vatican said. The Vatican...

Belgian city removes carnival from UNESCO list over anti-Semitic allegations

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The authorities of the northern Belgian city of Aalst decided to exclude their annual carnival from UNESCO's Intangible World Heritage List after coming under...

US House of Representatives adopts Uyghur Act that sanctions China

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The US' House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring the Trump administration to harden its stance towards China over Beijing's forced detention of...