April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom of conscience and ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Thursday praised Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by William Helbling
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far ...[read more]
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 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]

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