FAITH & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Supported by the Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition

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...

Spain wants more equality for thousands of recognised religious entities

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A representative of Spain’s Ministry of Justice has warned of a rise in the number of "intolerant and extremist" speeches about religious identity while...

UK’s Labour rolls out race and faith manifesto

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The UK's main opposition Labour Party has unveiled what they called an “ambitious” manifesto on race and faith that is designed to educate children...

Pope condemns nuclear weapons as ‘immoral’

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The use and possession of weapons should be made “immoral” under official Catholic teaching, Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane on November...

FBI report says Jews are the target of most ethnoreligious hate crimes

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A recent FBI report revealed that in 2018 Jews and Jewish institutions were the main targets of crimes motivated by ethnoreligious hatred in the...

The Dalai Lama calls on his followers to be believers with knowledge, not just...

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Addressing the Global Buddhist Congregation in Aurangabad, India on November 24, the Dalai Lama said that knowledge, and not just faith, is necessary to...

Pope Francis condemns ecological sins

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Speaking to a gathering of prosecutors and criminologists, Pope Francis called for more accountability for international corporations that damage nations, people, and the environment. “One...

Houston’s police to allow Sikh officers to serve with their articles of faith

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The police department of Houston, Texas has adopted a policy that allows officers to wear articles of faith on duty, which is prohibited by...

Documents reveal how China sends Uyghurs to camps

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Over 400 pages of internal documents have provided unprecedented insight into the Chinese Communist Party's oppression of ethnic minorities in the country's western Xinjiang...

Pope Francis travels to Thailand and Japan

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Pope Francis visits Thailand and Japan this week, where Christians make up a small minority in places dominated by Buddhism. Pope Francis will become the...
President Trump meets with survivors of religious persecution at the White House

Trump is considering linking US foreign aid to religious freedom

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White House officials are reportedly preparing plans that would see the release of US foreign aid tied to how countries treat their religious minorities. White...

Freedom of Thought Report warns of “growing divide” on blasphemy laws

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At the European Parliament in Brussels, The Freedom of Thought Report by Humanists International revealed that the human rights of non-religious people are being threatened...

Finding peace: Interview with Sheikh Bentounes

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Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, the President of the International Sufi Association Alawiya, a Muslim NGO promoting interfaith dialogue and cohabitation, sat down with New Europe...

Hijab controversy roils France again

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France's Senate on Tuesday approved an amendment that would extend a controversial 2004 law banning people from wearing overt religious symbols – including the...

Spain offers citizenship to Sephardic Jews

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Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term...

US’ religious landscape is changing at a rapid pace

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The proportion of US adults who describe themselves as being members of a Christian denomination has fallen to two-thirds, a drop of 12 percentage...

ODIHR releases freedom of religion policy guide

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During the recent Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe in Warsaw, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions...