Religious Freedom

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August 2, 2009

Church schools and other Christian institutions in Karachi have closed in protest at the killing of Christians in Pakistan's central Punjab region in a mob attack.

Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Pakistan, in an August 3 statement, called upon...

July 22, 2009

A church-supported human rights group in Pakistan has said the arrest of its director, who became embroiled in a complex case involving religious conversion, is rooted in a bias against Christians.

"This is not the first time that the court has showed prejudice when it comes to Muslim...

June 18, 2009

The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has warned of a backlash in Europe against migrants and refugees, after gains by anti-immigration parties in elections to the European Parliament.

"Sometimes the ordinary Christians in the pew are confused or even hostile to refugees who...

June 16, 2009

Christians in Pakistan say they are being threatened with violence by extremist groups claiming to represent Islam and they hope that a government offensive against militants in the Muslim nation will succeed.

Christian groups say extremists in a number of instances had given them a...

April 15, 2009

Church leaders have said they are wary about the motives given by authorities for the arrest of a candidate for scheduled parliamentary elections from a "Hindu nationalist group" in the troubled Kandhamal district of India's Orissa state.

Ashok Sahu, candidate of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya...

April 2, 2009

The decision by the Church of England's bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, to step down 10 years before he could have retired to begin a career ministering to "persecuted Christians" has stirred vigorous global debate.

Karachi-born Nazir-Ali, who has headed the south-east England...

September 4, 2008

Christian groups have expressed dismay at attempts by the government of India's southern Karnataka state to take action against hundreds of church educational institutions after they closed for a day to protest ongoing violence against Christians in eastern Orissa state.

The Global...

February 12, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has hosted a study day with Chinese and British academics to consider the topic of "Religion and the Public Square."

The study day, chaired by the Archbishop on February 8, brought together 11 academics from China and Britain, a...

November 29, 2007

In an unprecedented protest, more than 30 bishops joined scores of priests, nuns and church activists in a sit-in near the Indian parliament in New Delhi to demand an end to the decades-old discrimination against Christian Dalits.

 

"We want the government to end this...

May 20, 2003

The US government should make human rights and religious freedom a cornerstone of its relations with Saudi Arabia, an independent US federal commission has said in a report warning that human and religious rights are at risk in Afghanistan.

The yearly report was released on May 13 by...

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