FAITH & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Supported by the Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition

Eritrean government crackdown leads to growing concerns over wider religious persecution

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An ongoing crackdown on Catholic Church activities, as well as the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and other Christian congregation members in Eritrea...

Religious communities in Vietnam honour victims of violence

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Numerous religious communities in Vietnam observed the summer’s International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief by responding to...

Trump calls for end of persecution based on religious beliefs

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Approximately 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned, US President Donald J. Trump said...

Ukraine’s Greek Catholics want closer ties with Rome

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Bishops of the Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church met with officials in the Vatican in earlier September to try to strengthen the Byzantine Rite church’s...

Three recipients given 2019 Religious Freedom Award

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The three winners of the Religious Freedom Award included two specialists in Ecclesiastical State Law (Constitutional Law on Religious Freedom) and one of the...

Faith roundtables provide open forum for believers and non-believers

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The US State Department organised the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington DC during the summer, an annual event that is the...

Persecuted Pakistani Christian woman builds new life in Canada

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Nine years after being falsely accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad while engaged in a row with her neighbours, Pakistani-born Christian Asia Bibi and her daughters have...

Experts warn that religious freedom around the world is worsening

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In August, Iraq’s ethnoreligious Yazidi minority marked the five years since ISIS militants overran northwestern Iraq and murdered at least 5,000 Yazidi men and...

EU launches initiative on inter-religious engagement

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The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hosted a conference in Brussels on 6 September focusing on religious engagement during which she announced a...

Civil society organisations urge Pakistan’s PM to end blasphemy laws

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The Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Roundtable Brussels-EU, a civil society initiative who gathers regularly to exchange ideas with the EU institutions to...

Quebec ban on religious symbols causes international outcry

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Two groups of Canadian activists have filed an appeal against a Quebec judge's decision to ban the wearing of religious symbols by public employees. The...

Non-religious activists call for UK government to protect them from violence

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As the world’s religious communities continue to fight for their rights, few, it seems, speak out for those who identify as being non-religious, which...

Israel’s El Al hires first Druze flight attendant

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Accounting for roughly 1.7% of Israel's overall population, the country's national flag carrier El Al hired its first flight attendant from the community in...

Armenian minority scores rare win in Turkey’s top court over election of new patriarch

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Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that a 2017 administrative decision that refused two initiatives to elect a new patriarch for the Armenian Orthodox Church was a...

Europe attempts to step up its fight against antisemitism

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European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová recently held the first meeting of the bloc's working group on antisemitism since Brussels formed a...

South Sudan’s churches urge acceptance of sexual violence victims

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A ray of hope for South Sudanese women and girls who have suffered brutal sexual violence during the country’s ongoing war received a much-needed...

INTERVIEW with bass legend, Stanley Clarke

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The man is a living legend and virtuoso bass player Stanley Clarke sat down with New Europe in Enghien-les-Bains, a small city near Paris,...

Environmental consciousness on the rise in conflict-ridden Kashmir

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A growing number of clerics in the mainly Muslim region of Kashmir are promoting eco-consciousness to the local population through appeals aimed at their...

Rohingyas found stranded on Thai island

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A fishing boat carrying more than 60 Rohingyas was found beached on an island in southern Thailand in recent weeks. Groups of Rohingyas have boarded...

Top religious liberty violators not invited to US’ religious freedom summit

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The United States' Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, has stated that China, Iran, and other countries that the US considers the world’s...