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TURKMENISTAN: Old "offences" still used to punish current religious activity (Forum 18)

EXCERPT: By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Former prisoner of conscience Shageldy Atakov, is the latest victim of Turkmenistan's use of old "offences" to punish current activity, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Officials under orders from the central authorities are now threatening to confiscate Atakov's property, if he does not pay an enormous sum he is alleged by […]


Around the globe, religious freedom under assault (Read it News)

EXCERPT: At a time when religious persecution is at the heart of the world's most violent conflicts, religious freedom matters. That's why the 2009 report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom should be required reading for policymakers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. Released on May 1, the report documents in chilling detail the global assault on freedom of […]


Pope urges religious reconciliation (Al Jazeera)

Excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI has called on followers of the three major monotheistic religions to put their differences behind them and work towards reconciliation. … "Jews, Muslims and Christians alike call this city their spiritual home… Thereshould be no place within these walls for narrowness, discrimination, violence and injustice," Benedict said. "Believers in a God of mercy … must be the […]