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Rappler's latest stories on religious freedom


Pompeo announces new global body on religious freedom

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year and, importantly, it will defend the unalienable rights of all human beings to believe, or not to believe, whatever it is that they choose,' Pompeo says

POMPEO ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers the keynote address during the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the State Department in Washington, DC on July 19, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

Bicam OKs freedom of religion in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We need to be mindful of the fact that people are harassed or subjected to violence because of their choice of beliefs in certain areas of the country,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, proponent of the clause promoting religious freedom in the region

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Two men, so in love with each other, could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would wind up before the US Supreme Court five years later and spark a national debate about fundamental rights

China rejects U.S. criticism on religious freedom

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The report says in 2016 China physically abused detained arrested tortured sentenced to prison or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups

HUA CHUNYING. Photo of Hua Chunying dated November 29, 2011, from Wikipedia.

US district judge blocks Mississippi religious freedom law

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

US District Judge Carlton Reeves says the law violated the Constitution s equal protection guarantee: The state has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others

CARLTON REEVES. Photo from Roger Williams University, School of Law

As religious cults emerge in Indonesia, how should gov't deal?

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:39 AM

The Indonesian government should guarantee religious freedom to anyone including members of religious minorities Perpetrators of violence including those who attacked the Gafatar camp should be brought to justice

DIBAKAR. Seorang prajurit TNI menyaksikan permukiman eks-Gafatar yang dibakar massa di kawasan Monton Panjang, Mempawah Timur, Kalbar, Selasa (19/1). ANTARA/Jessica Helena Wuysang

India denies visas to US religious freedom monitors

Mar 05, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The Indian embassy in Washington DC questions the right of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to pass its judgment and comment on the matter

RELIGION. India denies American religious freedom monitors visas amidst reports of religious intolerance in the country. AFP file photo

China lodges US protest after religious freedom criticized

May 04, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The report highlights the plight of Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims saying conditions are worse now than at any time in the past decade

China jails 6 'cult' members in continuing crackdown

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:47 PM

China has cracked down hard on the group whose members believe that Jesus was reincarnated as a Chinese woman detaining and imprisoning thousands since labelling it a cult in the 1990s

Pope's message lost on China?

Aug 19, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Communications between the Vatican and Beijing have never been easy or particularly fruitful

FRANCIS IN ASIA. Pope Francis (C) celebrates a mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Dayin Haemi-myeon, South Korea, South Korea, 17 August 2014. Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope says he wants to visit China

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:13 AM

Pope Francis: You ask me if I want to go to China? Certainly even tomorrow But the church asks for the freedom to do its job in China there is no other condition

Pope Francis waves upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base as South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) looks on in Seongnam on August 14, 2014. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

Vatican urges Philippines to help Christians in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:34 PM

The Philippines will study the Vatican s request as Pope Francis urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected by the violence

RELIEF FROM VIOLENCE. Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush, about 30 kilometers east of the northern province of Nineveh, rest upon their arrival at the St. Joseph church in the Kurdish city of Arbil, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 7, 2014. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Filipinos to hold Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Catholic bishops set the Day of Prayer on August 18 as Pope Francis is expected to pray for persecuted Christians on the same day

PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN. An Iraqi Christian woman forced to flee her home shelters in the St Joseph Church in Erbil, northern Iraq, on August 9, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Jalil/EPA

Myanmar rights under the microscope at ASEAN meeting

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:37 PM

The international community has voiced increasing frustration as Buddhist nationalism appears to tighten its grip on the nation and uncertainty over press freedoms

Buddhist monks hold flowers and placards as they pray at holy Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, 04 July 2014. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict – US

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:54 AM

International Religious Freedom Report: In almost every corner of the globe millions of Christians Muslims Hindus and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs

DISPLACED. Refugees await distribution of food aid at a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, 12 February 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Faith trumps birth control in US Supreme Court ruling

Jul 01, 2014 - 9:57 AM

In a 5 4 decision the court ruled in favor of arts crafts store Hobby Lobby whose devout Christian owners the Green family balked at implementing the contraception portion of President Barack Obama s health care reforms

In this file photo, Supreme Court police stand on guard outside the court during snowfall in Washington DC, USA, 25 March 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Legislating love: Myanmar mulls religious marriage curbs

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:40 AM

The marriage law is one of four bills suggested by a hardline faction within the Buddhist clergy and put to the fledgling parliament by the president

In this photo taken on June 17, 2014, a couple cross a road before Sule pagoda in Yangon. Soe Than Win/AFP

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

Holy Week hostage

Apr 16, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Holy Week taught the author a lesson in secularism and religious freedom

2015 Super Bowl could be at risk over anti-gay bill

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:08 AM

National Football League officials are carefully watching the fate of controversial anti gay legislation in Arizona as the US state prepares to host Super Bowl 49 in February 2015

NOT IN ARIZONA? The 2015 Super Bowl might not be held in Arizona, as the NFL closely monitors an anti-gay bill being debated in the state. File photo from the Super Bowl 48 by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse