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Essay: Repression of women points to worsening religious freedom trends abroad

Iran Mahsa Amini protests

NURY TURKEL, co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Rabbi ABRAHAM COOPER, director of global social action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and vice chair of USCIRF, say that denying religious freedom and women’s rights go hand-in-hand…

Human rights advocates welcome ‘landmark’ UN ruling to prevent Rohingya genocide

ICJ Rohingya

RNS The United Nations’ top court has ordered the government of Myanmar to take urgent measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the majority-Buddhist country. The ruling comes more than two years after Myanmar’s military led a brutal crackdown against the Rohingya and forced over 700,000 refugees to flee to neighboring […]

Rebels in Myanmar who closed more than 100 churches allow 51 to reopen

Morning Star News Ethnic rebels who closed more than 100 churches in eastern Myanmar in 2018 have allowed 51 Baptist churches to reopen, sources said. Ethnic Wa rebels of the United Wa State Army last week announced they had permitted 51 Baptist churches to reopen in northern Shan state after investigating the congregations and their […]

Rebels in Myanmar detain more than 90 Christian leaders, shut down more churches

Morning Star News After shutting down at least 10 churches in early September, ethnic Wa rebels in eastern Myanmar have closed dozens of other churches and detained 92 Christian leaders and 42 students in a bid to curtail Christian activities, sources said. The United Wa State Army in late September detained the Christian leaders and […]

Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls jailing of two journalists in Myanmar “outrageous” and demands their immediate release

A “grotesque and outrageous miscarriage of justice” is how Christian Solidarity Worldwide‘s Benedict Rogers has characterised the jailing of two journalists in Myanmar this week as the organisation issued a call for their immediate release. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were both sentenced to seven years in prison after they charged with violating the country’s […]