March 29, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Arkansas Senate on Friday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses. The Republican-backed bill has received a great deal of attention from those for and against it, with those supporting it saying that the bill will protect religious freedoms for ...[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 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]
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]
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]

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