FAITH & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Supported by the Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition

Europe attempts to step up its fight against antisemitism

-
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

-
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

-
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

-
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

-
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

-
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...

Twitter bans those who give offensive labels to religious groups

-
Popular social media app Twitter has updated its hate-speech rules by banning posts that dehumanise religious groups with demeaning names. This policy had resulted in...

Nearly two dozen countries urge China to close Uyghur detention camps

-
Twenty-two countries, including Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland, have called on China to immediately halt its...

France to fine Facebook for hate speech if not deleted within a single day

-
France’s National Assembly adopted on 9 July a bill giving social media platforms 24 hours to remove hateful content or risk fines of up...

The Church’s role in modern Europe: an interview with Cardinal Jozef De Kesel

-
Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel sat down with New Europe to discuss the role of the Catholic Church in today’s Europe, where pluralism and...

The Bektashi are a testament to the power of tolerance

-
Originally one of many Sufi orders within Sunni Islam, the Bektashi Order emerged in the 16th-century and quickly spread to the Ottoman Balkans, particularly to what is...

Tolerance and education: A road to the defeat of extremism

-
How do you create a more tolerant society? Can education prevent extremism? Can openness trump radicalisation? These were the big questions tackled by senior...

10 Years of legally binding EU fundamental rights

-
While it cannot be denied that the transparency and the perspective of people working in the EU institutions are regularly broadening for the better,...

Russia convicts Crimean Tatar activists

-
A court in Russia has sentenced five Crimean Tatars to lengthy prison terms on extremism charges that they say are politically motivated. Teymur Abdullayev was...

Most back church-state separation in Western Europe, despite paying church tax

-
Widespread public support for the separation of church and state is the norm in Western Europe, even in countries that have a government-mandated church...

UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record

-
Government authorities in the former Soviet Central Asian republic Tajikistan have jailed many government critics, including opposition political figures and activists, lawyers, journalists, and...

Unfinished Gaudí landmark gets building permit after 137 years

-
More than 137 years after construction began, the city of Barcelona has finally issued a building license for one of its most famous tourist...

The first Hindu temple of Ireland

-
Dr Hemant Kumar is a medical doctor in Dublin and the President of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Centre of Ireland. He arrived in Dublin...

Eurojust breaks human trafficking ring

-
Eurojust, the EU’s independent agency dealing with cross-border organised crime, recently released information regarding the success of both Italian and Romanian national authorities in...

Aung San Suu Kyi and Orbán find common ground in anti-Muslim stance

-
In a rare trip to Europe, state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was once a symbol of the...