When fundamentalist religion battles education

When fundamentalist religion battles education

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD/50:50) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: At a time when global warming requires that we do our most creative thinking, public education and free thought are under attack by both austerity programs and religious fundamentalism. So where are our new creative thinkers supposed to come from? When the city […]

International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

Harriet Sherwood for GDN – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/GDN) SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: A Christian woman on death row in a Sudanese prison has been released on the orders of a court in Khartoum following an international outcry over her sentence and treatment. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, had been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and […]

"Human rights & religion need each other" says NY Kairos Center expert

"Human rights & religion need each other" says NY Kairos Center expert

Larry Cox for openDemocracy – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Many human rights activists are secular and view religion as a problem, rather than as an ally. Although religion does often pose serious challenges, it also offers the human rights movement hope for renewal, along with greater legitimacy and impact. Human […]

Myanmar women’s rights groups oppose Interfaith Marriage Act

Myanmar women’s rights groups oppose Interfaith Marriage Act

Thin Lei Win for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Religion and Belief (WNN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA:  A planned law intended to stop Buddhist women in Myanmar marrying non-Buddhist men is “a disgraceful act that would invite international ridicule” and violate women’s basic rights, a statement released by 97 civil society organizations said. The law, proposed […]

Former Tibetan monk sets self on fire for justice, cultural & religious freedom

Former Tibetan monk sets self on fire for justice, cultural & religious freedom

WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Eastern Tibetan Autonomous Region, CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: In the ongoing crisis in the denial of religious and cultural freedom for those living in the Autonomous Region of Tibet in China, 25-year-old Lobsang Dorjee set himself on fire around 6:30 pm local time one week ago on Thursday February 13 , […]

Self-immolation suicides continue in Tibetan Autonomous Region China

Self-immolation suicides continue in Tibetan Autonomous Region China

WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Gansu Province, Tibetan Autonomous Region, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: Another human casualty in the movement for religious rights in China’s Tibetan Autonomous region of Gansu province has occurred as a 43-year-old respected Tibetan monk from the Ashok Monastery named Tsultrim Gyatso committed suicide by catching himself on fire […]

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