Representational image | Photo Credit: S. RAMBABU
India's Government suspends FCRA clearance of 4 Christian groups
Of the six NGOs whose license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was suspended by the Union Home Ministry this year, four are Christian associations.
Trump ends 'critical race theory' training for federal employees, calls it a 'sickness'
Federal agencies are to stop using controversial forms of training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” and “any other training or propaganda effort that suggests the United States is a racist country or that any race is inherently evil
USCIRF Encourages Religious Freedom Progress on Vietnam National Day
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) congratulated the government of Vietnam on its National Day, and encouraged the government to take steps to improve religious freedom conditions in the country.
Facebook’s Ties to India’s Ruling Party Complicate Its Fight Against Hate Speech
The social media giant is under increasing scrutiny for how it enforces its hate speech policies when the accused are members of the ruling party.
Asad Noor, outspoken Bangladeshi blogger
Bangladeshi blogger faces death threats for criticizing Islamic fundamentalism
Rights groups are urging Bangladeshi authorities to withdraw all charges against blogger Asad Noor, restore his passport and end harassment of his family members. Noor fled to India after multiple threats to his life.
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II. 24/08/2020
Religious Official in Syria asks United Nations for help
In a rare move, Mor Aphrem II sent a letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, calling for the U.N. to intervene in the ongoing water crisis in Hasakah, Syria.
American convoy in Hasakah
US State Department delegation to pressure Turkey over water crisis in Syria’s Hasakah
A US State Department delegation to Syria’s northeastsays they will pressure the Turkish government to solve the water cutoff in Hasakah.
A child from the Uyghur community living in Turkey participates in a protest in Istanbul on November 6, 2018, against oppression by the Chinese government of Muslim Uyghurs in the far-western Xinjiang province. >Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
China Buys Turkey’s Silence on Uyghur Oppression
A quick explanation of how China uses economic leverage to silence Turkey on the Uyghur issue, coauthored by my colleague and friend, Aykan Erdemir.
The Ongoing and Intensifying Persecution of Christians in India
According to a new report by the group Persecution Relief, “Hate crimes against Christians in India [rose] by an alarming 40.87 percent” in the first half of 2020, “even despite the nationwide [coronavirus] lockdown in place since March 25."
A petition challenging the Presidential (Scheduled Castes) Order, issued on August 10, 1950, is now pending in the Supreme Court. (Representative image of the Supreme Court in New Delhi)
70-year wait for Dalit Christians, Muslims on SC verdict over caste status
Five days before India celebrates her 73rd anniversary of Independence, Dalit Christians and Muslims will mark a grimmer anniversary of the date when the Presidential (Scheduled Castes) Order was issued on August 10, 1950.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Targets Catholic Officials in Hong Kong with Phishing Campaign
A phishing campaign that targeted the leaders of the Hong Kong Catholic Church in May was recently traced to hackers employed by the Chinese government.
A monitor displays the words "Commission on Unalienable Rights" behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
Pompeo says US should limit which human rights it defends
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has argued for a more limited U.S. view of global human rights advocacy based on the principles laid out by America's Founding Fathers, a suggestion critics assumed meant stepping away from more modern concepts.
Swastikas, ‘Death to Jews’ Written on Graves in France
Some 20 graves in France were vandalized with swastikas and the words “Death to Jews” and “Death to the French,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
Portraits of Mao Zedong are replacing religious symbols in homes of believers.
People on Social Welfare Ordered to Worship CCP, Not God
The coronavirus outbreak has significantly affected China’s economy and livelihoods, primarily low-income households. Without much help from the state, religious residents are also coerced to renounce their faith, or their welfare benefits are cut.
SUDAN - Death Penalty Abolished for Apostasy
The Sovereignty Council of Sudan officially abolished the death penalty for apostasy in July after the Chairman of the Council, Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, signed several new laws and amendments.
Pastor Munshi Devu Tado with wife Jaini, and one of their children in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra, India. (Image credit: Morning Star News)
Pastor in India Murdered by Maoists
Maoists in the Maharashtra state of India killed a Christian church pastor, becoming the fourth Christian to die for their faith in the South Asian country in the last two months.
President Erdogan declared the building a mosque and said the first prayers would be held there within two weeks [Murad Sezer/Reuters]
Turkey to cover Hagia Sophia's Christian icons during prayers
Governing party's statement comes days after Ankara turned the iconic monument from a museum into a mosque.
Bangladesh restricts public Eid prayers amid pandemic
Bangladesh has barred congregational prayers on the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on traditionally-designated open grounds to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to senior officials.
A Hindu temple in Mithi, Pakistan.Credit...Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Islamists Block Construction of First Hindu Temple in Islamabad
A Hindu temple planned for Islamabad, the city’s first, was supposed to be a symbol of tolerance. Instead, violence and controversy have turned it into an emblem of Pakistan’s troubled relationship with its religious minorities.
City to pay $50,000 to evangelist banned from park
The Portland, Oregon city government has paid a street evangelist $50,000 after acknowledging last fall it was wrong to ban the man from a downtown park for preaching.
Darbar Sahib By Marsmux Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Sikhs Blocked on Instagram and Facebook
Sikh users of Facebook and Instagram discovered they could not post messages if they used the #sikh hashtag.
New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say
Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said.
Cancelling the Hajj would be unprecedented in modern times, but curbing attendance from high-risk areas has happened before [Saudi Press Agency via Reuters]
Indonesia to skip Hajj pilgrimage over coronavirus fears
Largest contingent of worshippers will not be doing the annual trip to Saudi Arabia.
The Cox's Bazar camps are home to nearly a million refugees(Photo: Tearfund)
Fears for Rohingya refugees as Covid-19 reaches camps
There are fears for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in the camps this week. The Cox's Bazar camps are home to over 850,000 Rohingya refugees.
Hopes Wilt for Teaching Christianity in Schools in Sudan
Hopes that the transitional government in Sudan would bring back Christianity as a school subject alongside Islam wilted when officials omitted it from an academic schedule released last week.