Tag : Human Rights
Joshua Wong title : Joshua Wong's Mother Urges Son to 'Be Courageous' Like Old Testament Heroes After Prison Sentence
summary : August 18, 2017: After Christian pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to six months in prison for his role in the 2014 street demonstrations for freer elections of Hong Kong's leader, his mother reminded him to be courageous like his namesake, Joshua of the Old Testament.
date : Aug 18, 2017 12:51 PM EDT
Vietnam. title : Christian Rights Activists in Vietnam Charged with Serious ‘Crimes’
summary : After 19 long months of investigative detention following his Dec. 16, 2015 arrest, renowned human rights attorney Nguyen Van Dai was finally charged with a crime on July 30.
date : Aug 11, 2017 12:21 PM EDT
Serene Jones title : 'Religious Left' Surfaces as US Political Power, Prompted by Trump Presidency
summary : Rev. Serene Jones, president of New York's Union Theological Seminary, said monthly lectures on social justice are drawing crowds three times the size they did prior to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
date : Mar 28, 2017 10:56 AM EDT
Islamic  Revolution flags title : Iran Sanctions 15 US Firms for Israel Ties, 'Human Rights Abuses'
summary : Iran officials imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for cooperating with Israel and for alleged human rights violations in a retaliatory reaction to a move by Washington, D.C. officials, reports state news agency IRNA on Sunday.
date : Mar 26, 2017 10:03 AM EDT
Dennis Daugaard title : Religious Adoption Protections Based on Faith, Sexual Preferences Enacted by SD Governor
summary : South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed a bill Friday that gives broad legal protections to faith-based, taxpayer-funded agencies whose representatives refuse to place adoptive children in certain households for reasons based on religious beliefs, especially relating to sexual orientation of child-seeking parents.
date : Mar 11, 2017 11:14 AM EST
China title : Chinese Authorities Detain Christian Woman, Accuse Her of 'Using Evil Cult' to Undermine Government
summary : Authorities in China's southern Yunnan province have detained a Christian woman for doing ministry work and accused her of "using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement" as persecution of believers in the country continues to rise.
date : Feb 16, 2017 12:51 PM EST
China title : Chinese Police Assault Elderly Political Prisoner Over Beard Length, Reveals Disturbing Report
summary : A police officer in China attacked a sick and elderly political prisoner over the length of his beard, causing him to black out, a disturbing new report has revealed.
date : Feb 14, 2017 12:47 PM EST
Marco Rubio title : Marco Rubio Slams China for Crackdown on Religious Freedom; Calls for Release of Two Human Rights Lawyers
summary : Florida Senator Marco Rubio has criticized the Chinese government for its continued crackdown on religious freedom and called for the release of two human rights attorneys, Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jingling.
date : Feb 13, 2017 05:43 PM EST
activism title : Five Anti-Taliban Activists Mysteriously Disappear in Pakistan in One-Week Span
summary : Five human rights and anti-Taliban activists in Pakistan have disappeared under suspicious circumstances within the last week, raising questions about personal security and freedom of expression in the restrictive country.
date : Jan 16, 2017 12:59 PM EST
Protect American Families Act of 2017 SB 54 title : Religion Registry: US Federal Bill Introduced to Protect Religious Freedom, Liberties
summary : Bill (S.54) was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday to prohibit creation of immigration-related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin or nationality. The Protect American Families Act of 2017 was introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), in response to statements from then-candidate Donald Trump, indicating he would create a federal registry of Muslims, seek to deny Muslims entry to the United States, or otherwise add a religious test to American immigration procedures, if he became president.
date : Jan 08, 2017 10:26 AM EST
North Korea title : North Korea Upgrades Torturous Prison Camps, Intensifies Security
summary : New satellite images of the two most notorious North Korea prison camps show undeniable proof that the government, while persistently denying the existence of such camps, continues to upgrade the torturous facilities that appear to be “very much in working order.”
date : Nov 27, 2016 01:26 AM EST
Slimane Bouhafs title : Algerian Protesters Call for Release of Christian Human Rights Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook
summary : Crowds gathered in the Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou on Oct. 29 to call on authorities to release Slimane Bouhafs, a Christian human rights activist who was jailed in July for allegedly insulting Islam and Muhammad.
date : Nov 06, 2016 06:23 PM EST
Yazidi Child title : 1,131 Christians Identified by Name Killed by ISIS, Says Report
summary : There are at least 1,131 Christians, whose names and location of death have been recorded, killed by the Islamic terror group ISIS, according to a report submitted to the U.S. State Department.
date : Nov 02, 2016 09:38 AM EDT
Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳn title : Catholic Blogger Detained in Vietnam in Danger of Torture
summary : A Catholic human rights blogger in Vietnam who was accused of “conducting propaganda” could be facing torture as authorities continue to keep her whereabouts a secret.
date : Oct 28, 2016 09:40 AM EDT
Amos Yee title : Singapore Jails Teen Blogger For Insulting Muslims, Christians; Human Rights Groups Express Outrage
summary : A Singapore court sentenced 17-year-old blogger Amos Yee to six weeks in jail on Thursday for "intentionally wounding religious feelings", drawing criticism from a number of rights groups.
date : Sep 29, 2016 04:41 PM EDT
North Korea title : North Korea Christians ‘Crushed Under Steamroller, Trampled Underfoot, Hung on Cross Over Fire’: Report
summary : North Korean Christians suffer grave human rights violations, such as being crushed under a steamroller, a new report says.
date : Sep 25, 2016 09:38 AM EDT
David Hall SSA title : Christian Federal Employee Who Refused to Watch LGBTQ Video May Be Fired
summary : A Christian employee of the Illinois Social Security Administration who refused to watch a video on LGBTQ "diversity and inclusivity" is in danger of losing his job. David Hall, 42, said he is protesting over the video because "I don't believe God wants me to do that."
date : Sep 18, 2016 04:00 PM EDT
Li Aijie title : Wife of Chinese Christian Man Imprisoned for Opposing Communist Gov't Writes Heartbreaking Letter
summary : The wife of a Christian man sentenced to 19 years in prison for publishing dissenting articles and social media posts has penned a heartbreaking letter expressing her concern regarding the Communist government's brutal treatment of her husband.
date : Sep 14, 2016 12:39 PM EDT
Mexico For Life and Family title : Mexico’s Religious Conservatives Seek Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment
summary : An evangelical organization, For Life and Family, recently gathered 300,000 signatures in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from getting married in the country. The signatures were presented to the Chamber of Deputies after a march. The initiative also would add bans against abortion and sex education in schools into the constitution.
date : Sep 06, 2016 04:25 PM EDT
Zhang Kai title : Christian Lawyer Zhang Kai Once Again On the Run After Renouncing Statements Made in Coerced Interview
summary : Zhang Kai, a Chinese Christian lawyer who was released in March after being detained while defending churches that were being forced to remove their crosses, has once again roused the ire of Communist authorities after publicly renouncing statements he was forced to make in an interview.
date : Sep 01, 2016 10:58 AM EDT
Manbij 2 truck title : Photos: Syrian Civilians Rejoice After Being Rescued From ISIL by US-backed Fighters
summary : After Syrian Democratic Forces retook the northern town of Manbij from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), civilians celebrated with relief Friday. Democratic Forces escorted 2,000 hostages from the area, who ISIL retreating fighters had been using as human shields.
date : Aug 20, 2016 10:57 AM EDT
Humanist Society Scotland handbooks title : Atheist Handbooks Given to Scottish Parents, Pupils to Challenge Religion in Schools
summary : Scottish law requires public schools to host six religious observance sessions a year, although school officials may choose to have more. To counterbalance, representatives of the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) now are providing to parents who are concerned about religious influence in schools an atheist handbook as a guide for how to challenge teachers.
date : Aug 17, 2016 04:02 PM EDT
Egypt title : Christian Children in Egypt Sentenced for Reverse Blasphemy After Mocking ISIS Video
summary : Egyptian authorities sentenced four Christian children and their teacher with blasphemy charges and prison time regarding a video mocking the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. "These children shouldn't face prison for expressing themselves, even with an immature joke," said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director. "The continued prosecution of blasphemy cases in Egypt goes against the government's claim to be promoting a more inclusive vision of religion."
date : Mar 14, 2016 08:02 PM EDT
National Religious Freedom Day title : National Religious Freedom Day Celebrates American Liberty Jan. 16, 2016
summary : Americans celebrate National Religious Freedom Day on Saturday, as a day set aside each year to honor the right to freely exercise deeply held religious beliefs. The day is always held on Jan. 16, which is the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom on the same day in 1786.
date : Jan 15, 2016 06:15 PM EST
title : Woman Condemned to Stoning Death in Iran On United Nations Human Rights Day
summary : While International Human Rights Day was observed on Thursday, Iran announced another woman was sentenced to death by stoning. Identified only by the initials “A.Kh,” the woman was convicted of allegedly being involved in her husband's murder.
date : Dec 11, 2015 05:23 PM EST
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