March 30, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. Those supporting the Republican-backed say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with the law and refuse ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued following a ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his associates to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin were sentenced ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the court heard arguments on whether an employer can be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for declining to hire an ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crimetargeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Mississippi Legislature voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490, which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21, a non-binding 1992 United Nations ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the Bahrain government to release the peaceful politician Sheikh Ali Salman. The religious figure serves as the main political opposition to the Bahraini government, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. He was charged in January for inciting ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]

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