"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 […]

Will the next Dalai Lama be a woman?

Will the next Dalai Lama be a woman?

Michaela Haas – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Santa Barbara, California, AMERICAS: There is no hope for a female pope, but there might be one for a female Buddhist leader. When Pope Francis washed the feet of two young women during Easter, this provoked the criticism of conservative Catholics who pointed out that the liturgies […]

CHINA: Tibetan celebrants face military violence on Dalai Lama’s birthday

CHINA: Tibetan celebrants face military violence on Dalai Lama’s birthday

WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Kandze Prefecture, Kham, Tawu County (Sichuan), PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, NORTH-EASTERN ASIA: A Tibetan monk was shot in the head and at least six other people were badly injured when witnesses from inside the region reported that Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetans who had been offering prayers to […]

China policy on Tibetan freedom of religion may face change as self-immolations continue

China policy on Tibetan freedom of religion may face change as self-immolations continue

Carla Friedman – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: A Tibetan woman has died after drinking acid and performing self-immolation in the Tibetan region of the western Chinese province of Gansu after she was accused of embezzlement at the bank where she worked, a source close to the […]