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U.S. spotlights human rights in Vietnam ahead of Obama’s visit

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Human Rights | The U.S. State Department has urged Vietnam to release all prisoners of conscience ahead of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit. “The promotion of…

Saudi curbs on religious police aren’t a precursor for broader reforms

By Julia A. Seymour
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Saudi Arabia | Shortly before President Barack Obama’s tense visit to Saudi Arabia last week, the Sunni Islamic monarchy announced new regulations to curb the powers of…

Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter. Rooney Rebit converted…

Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Iran | Although Iran is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, the underground house church movement there is exploding. “Thousands upon…

Rights groups ask Egypt to overturn Christian teens’ blasphemy convictions

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Human rights advocates are asking Egyptian officials to overturn sentences handed down last month to three Coptic teenagers over a video they made to mock…

Bangladesh court considers revoking Islam’s state religion status

By Julia A. Seymour
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Bangladesh | The high court division of Bangladesh’s Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Feb. 29 over whether or not Islam can remain the South Asian country’s…

Migrants clash with police in Macedonia as France clears Calais camp

By Julia A. Seymour
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Immigration | Iraqi and Syrian migrants stuck in Greece clashed with Macedonian police today as they attempted to storm the border between the two countries. Police used…

Canada contemplates closing its Office of Religious Freedom

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religious Liberty | Groups representing Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others are urging Canada’s new Liberal government to renew the country’s Office of Religious Freedom…

Egyptian army begins restoring churches damaged in 2013 uprising

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Coptic leaders in Egypt are praising a new government effort to restore churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood nearly three years ago. President Abdel…

‘Historic’ Muslim gathering calls for protection of religious minorities

By Julia A. Seymour
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Islam | About 300 Muslim scholars, imams, and government representatives recently gathered in Morocco to call for the protection of religious minorities in the Muslim…

Prisoner release puts Iran’s human rights abuses, persecution in spotlight

By Julia A. Seymour
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Iran | Although Iran freed Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans in a recent prisoner swap, Christians and religious minorities in the Islamic republic…

Former Soviet republics are Central Asia’s persecution hotspot

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Worsening persecution in the Middle East and Africa commanded headlines in 2015, but Christians in many other countries also saw a deterioration of religious…

 
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