November 14, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday reversed the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Court decision that a portion of the tax code giving clergy housing allowances, is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs challenged 26 US Code Section 107(2), which excludes ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
June 28, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and ...[read more]
June 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday urged Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan targeting ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it restricts freedom of religion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of UCC reverends and same-sex ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN expert on Friday urged the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN ...[read more]

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