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India implements citizenship law opposed by Muslims before election

New Delhi, India Reuters India moved on Monday to implement a 2019 citizenship law that has been criticised as discriminating against Muslims, weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a rare third term for his Hindu nationalist government. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) grants Indian nationality to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who […]

List Afghanistan as religious liberty violator, report urges US State Department

Afghanistan Kabul Shiite shrine

United StatesRNS The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that Afghanistan be added to the State Department’s list of worst religious freedom violators, citing the changes that resulted when the Taliban took control of the country last year. The federal panel said in its annual report released on Monday that the regime change has […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ release in Eritrea a rare sign of religious toleration


Nairobi, KenyaRNS In Eritrea, members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses group who had been serving long prison sentences were set free on Friday, a surprising development for the east African country, where freedom of religion or belief is severely suppressed. The denomination announced that two women and 26 men had been freed after spending between five […]

Nationalism “must not prevail”, Pope Francis says, addressing the United Nations

Pope Francis adresses UN on 75th anniversary

Vatican CityRNS In a video message to the United Nations, Pope Francis said the COVID-19 pandemic has put the international community at a crossroads and that it’s up to UN leaders to decide whether to choose the path of multi-lateralism and dialogue or nationalism and individualism. “We are faced, then, with a choice between two […]