LONDON (RNS) A new report says eight current and incoming member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council were among 24 countries to imprison believers and atheists in 2013 for violating local laws that restrict freedom of religion or belief.
Articles tagged “China”
(RNS) The Rev. Ray Leonard, 51, bristled at the U.S. government when it told him he couldn’t hold services at a Georgia naval base during last month’s government shutdown. So he sued.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Chinese authorities first arrested Chen Guangcheng in 2005 after he filed a class-action lawsuit for women who said they had undergone forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China’s one-child policy.
DHARAMSALA, India (RNS) Dawa Dhondup drank kerosene and poured it all over his body at a March 10 procession to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. As he was about to light a match, fellow Tibetans and police overpowered him.
(RNS) In its latest move to crack down on dissent, the Chinese government treats self-immolations as a crime and charges anyone inciting the act with “intentional murder.”
(RNS) The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in Africa in 2012 as a result of power gains by radical Islamists, according to Open Doors, a Christian missionary organization which publishes an annual list of offending nations. By Lauren Markoe.
NEW DELHI (RNS) As China's Communist Party began meeting in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire. Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay said while he discourages self-immolation, it is the “sacred duty'' of the exiled community to support it. By Vishal Arora.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A National Geographic investigation shows how the demand for religious articles such as carvings, beads and amulets in the Philippines, Thailand and China fuels illegal ivory trade. By Jeanie Groh.
(RNS) A new report draws on 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 39 countries to find that Muslims differ sharply over questions of faith like who counts as a Muslim and what spiritual practices are acceptable. By Christopher Lisee.
BEIJING (RNS) A pregnant woman who was dragged to a hospital by authorities and forced to have an abortion has enraged Chinese and sparked an online flurry of debate over whether it is time to end China's draconian one-child family planning policy. By Calum MacLeod.