GENEVA, 18 September 2019 (VCHR) – At the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd session in Geneva today, Acting Together for Human Rights (AEDH) and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) denounced Vietnam’s serious violations of human rights and freedom or religion or belief (FoRB), and the Hanoi government’s systematic refusal to engage in a genuine dialogue with the international community and civil society to improve the abysmal human rights situation in Vietnam.Read More
Remove Provisions Harmful to Women, Minorities, Free Speech
(Jakarta) – The Indonesian parliament should substantially revise the proposed new criminal code to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The current bill contains articles that will violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as freedom of speech and association.Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 ― The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called upon the Malaysian government to ensure that custom, tradition, and religion are not used as a justification to undermine human rights.Read More
PUTRAJAYA — Joint prayers at unity events involving both Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia have been barred under a directive issued by an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department.Read More
PETALING JAYA: Sisters in Islam (SIS) will continue to challenge the fatwa by the Selangor Fatwa Committee declaring it a deviant organisation even after a high court dismissed its judicial review application.Read More
SINGAPORE - Changes to a law that safeguards religious harmony in Singapore will be introduced in Parliament next week, in a move to pave the way for the Government to deal with new threats in a comprehensive and timely manner.Read More
States must do more to stop hate crimes and promote interfaith initiatives, say UN rights experts
GENEVA (21 August 2019) – States have an important role to play in promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity by promoting and protecting human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, say a group of UN independent experts*.Read More
Responding to a recent call by UN Secretary General António Gutteres, religious communities in hundreds of locations throughout Vietnam will hold prayer services this Thursday August 22, for victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief.Read More
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today “it was quite clear” Dr Zakir Naik had attempted to incite racial hate.
The prime minister’s comment is likely the strongest censure made so far towards the controversial preacher.Read More
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) has called on the Selangor state government to withdraw the unilateral conversion Bill.Read More
Malaysiakini's story on a proposal that might be put before the Selangor State Assembly to allow for unilateral conversion has stoked not just controversy but also talk to the ouster of both the Menteri Besar and Speaker of House. K. Shanmuga, Director of the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights join Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan to clarify points of law in this link.Read More
Religious freedom in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”Read More
Buddhists in Vietnam may not face violent attacks, but government restrictions on their faith are keenly felt.
While reports of arrests of, or attacks on, Buddhists in Vietnam are not frequent, the religious community has for decades lived in a perpetual atmosphere of persecution, which cannot be quantified by the number of “incidents” but instead manifests through official and unofficial restrictions imposed by the Southeast Asian country’s communist government.Read More
An overview from Nadine Maenza, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians and Muslims, has risen around the world over the last few years, and a new trend is emerging where non-state actors are playing an increasing role in targeted attacks, said Nadine Maenza, vice chair of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.Read More
More than a year since the electoral victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition in May 2018, reforms of repressive legislation restricting fundamental freedoms have progressed extremely slowly. While steps have been taken to establish a self-governing media council and some positive amendments to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the government has not followed through on commitments in its campaign manifesto to repeal or review repressive legislation, including the Sedition Act 1948, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
Read the article by the Civicus reviewing the repressive legislation in Malaysia that continue to restrict fundamental freedoms here.Read More
Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world.
To access the tenth annual report on Religion and Public Life, published by the Pew research Centre which dives deeper into the ways government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion have changed, from 2007 to 2017, please click here.Read More
Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court") requested the Court's Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against the Rohingya people from Myanmar.Read More
The question of whether Indonesia should become an Islamic state, or become more sharia-friendly, was not supposed to be a key issue that drove people to the polls in April’s election. But no doubt for many people – regardless of their position on the issue – it was the only issue that mattered.Read More