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The Chance to Urge Religious Freedom in Indonesia

A police officer stands guard during a protest by supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, outside Cipinang Prison where he was taken following his conviction of blasphemy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 9 May 2017.  © 2017 Reuters Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting Indonesia this week...

Myanmar urged to ensure religious freedom for minorities

The Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar to guarantee religious freedom for all minorities, amid growing tensions between different belief systems in the country, according to a report released on Monday. Yangon, May 8 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar to guarantee religious freedom for all minorities, amid...

Myanmar’s Rohingya brace for more attacks in Rakhine

With a new government plan to arm Rakhine Buddhist civilians, Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar fear the worst. Rakhine State, Myanmar - As the sun creeps towards its midday peak, Soe Myat Naing's house grows insufferably hot. Despite the stifling air, he dare not leave the safety of his oven walls...

Ma Ba Tha to stand by nationalism

Nationalist monks gathered at a monastery in Insein township over the weekend to mark the three-year anniversary of Ma Ba Tha By Aung kyaw Min   |   Monday, 06 June 2016 The monks vowed to continue protecting race and religion under the new government, while also maintaining the fight against citizenship for...

NLD considers religious harmony law

A Law to protect religious harmony is being considered by the new government following failed attempts to pass such a bill in the previous parliament, which instead enacted controversial legislation seen as undermining religious freedoms. By Ei Ei Toe Lwin   |   Friday, 20 May 2016 U Ko Ni, legal adviser to...

Buddhist Youth leader Lê Công Cầu faces expulsion for supporting Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam

Security Police in the central city of Huế are preparing to forcibly expel Buddhist Youth leader Lê Công Cầu from his home because of his activities in support of the non-recognized Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV). 2016-03-12 | | Vietnam Committee on Human Rights PARIS, 12 March 2016 (VCHR) –...

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against “Rohingya Calendar” Defendants

The Myanmar government should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against six men for printing the word “Rohingya” in a 2016 calendar, Fortify Rights said today. Ensure Freedom of Expression and Protection for Defendants (YANGON, December 11, 2015)— The Myanmar government should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against six men...

Faith-based and other groups commit to strengthen freedom of religion or belief in Southeast Asia

Asean leaders are urged to take proactive measures to prevent religion from being used to cause dissent among the communities in the region. Published: Thursday October 1, 2015 MYT 5:09:00 PM Updated: Thursday October 1, 2015 MYT 5:13:57 PM PETALING JAYA: Asean leaders are urged to take proactive measures to prevent religion...

New Race and Religion Laws in Myanmar Draw International Attention

Known as the Race and Religion Protection Laws, they consist of four laws regulating monogamy, religious conversion, interfaith marriage, and population control. According to lawmakers, these laws are designed to encourage Myanmar’s way of life and protect its people. Adventists continue emphasis on community work amid country’s legislative changes Posted September...

Parliamentarians From 50 Countries Call for Greater Religious Freedom

Concerned about increasing restrictions on religious freedom worldwide, parliamentarians from more than 50 countries have pledged to pursue efforts to strengthen and promote freedom of religion or belief in their work at the national, regional and global levels. by editor · September 25, 2015 Source: www.bic.org NEW YORK—23 September 2015 Concerned about increasing...