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Indonesia: Komnas HAM Condemns Sealing of St. Bernadette Church

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Siti Noor Laila, the chairwoman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), has condemned the sealing of  St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bintaro, South Tangerang on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She said the sealing of places of worship in the country persisted due to...

Lao PDR: Fifty Christians face eviction in Laos

Recant your faith or get out - that's the ultimatum issued recently to 50 Christians living in a rural community in central Laos. On August 30, leaders of Nongdaeng village summoned representatives of 11 Christian families to the government headquarters building for an official meeting instructing them to recant their...

Lao PDR: Laos Christians Facing Expulsion for Faith

VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife) -- Authorities in southern Laos have told Christians to recant their faith in Christ or face expulsion from their village amid a wider crackdown on churches, a human rights official and friend of the believers told BosNewsLife. Officials in Huay village, located in the Atsaphangthong district of...

Myanmar: ‘Elders’ urge Myanmar to address religious strife

YANGON, Myanmar -- Jimmy Carter and two other former world leaders who are part of a group known as "The Elders" wrapped up a visit to Myanmar on Thursday with calls to address Buddhist-led violence against minority Muslims and end impunity for the perpetrators. "No one can afford to ignore...

Philippines: More Muslim rebels surrender in Philippines’ south

More Muslim rebels have surrendered in the Philippines' south, a day after the UN said the ongoing fighting has resulted in a humanitarian crisis. The military is believed to have custody of at least 40 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city. The UN said on Wednesday...

Indonesia: Non-Muslim Ward Chief Stays On

Opposition against a South Jakarta ward chief for being a non-Muslim heated up on Wednesday after protesters delivered a coffin and a yellow flag, a symbol often associated with death, and demanded that she be removed from her position. Some 600 residents rallied against Susan Jasmine Zulkifli on Wednesday, rejecting...

Malaysia Calls On Myanmar To End All Acts Of Violence

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has called on the Myanmar government to undertake concrete and positive steps to put an end to all acts of violence, including human rights violations against the Muslim community in Myanmar. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia had full confidence that...

Burma: More Detained As Violence On Rakhine State Blamed On ‘Outsiders’

Authorities in Myanmar said Friday that they have detained 10 more suspects in connection with this week’s deadly anti-Muslim violence in western Rakhine state during a visit by President Thein Sein, who has questioned the motive behind the attacks instigated by “outsiders.” “About 16” people have been detained since Tuesday’s...

Myanmar: Buddhists ruin Myanmar Muslim houses

Buddhist extremists have destroyed several houses belonging to Muslims in Myanmar, where the Rohingya Muslim community faces persecution. On Sunday, Myanmar’s state media reported that police had arrested over 40 Buddhists after houses of Muslims came under an arson attack while President Thein Sein was visiting the western state of...

Lao Officials Threaten Christians

VIENTIANE, LAOS (Worthy News)– The ruling authorities of several villages in Laos have been threatening to banish Christians unless they renounce their faith in Jesus. During a public meeting in Huay village in Savannakhet Province last week, a representative from Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom told Morning Star...