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Indian States Ratifying Marriage and Religious Conversion Legislation

On 29 December, it was revealed that lawyers and government officials of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have approved The Freedom of Religion Bill of 2020 which, although sounds promising in its title, has raised many concerns among the nations religious minorities. This new legislation, according to Reuters, “would make pressuring a woman to […]

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Sikhs Share How the Farming Bill Protests in India Have a Religious Component

On 28 December, Bitter Winter released a compelling transcript of an interview between Thierry Valle, President of the Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP), and a Sikh activist by the name of Premi Singh. The topic up for discussion was the Indian Farms Reforms of 2020, a set of agricultural bills

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USCIRF Releases Novel Report on Blasphemy Laws Worldwide

This December, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published its new report, Violating Rights: Enforcing the World’s Blasphemy Laws, on the implementation of blasphemy laws in nations around the world. The research and data is focused on the time period from January 2014 to December 2018 and offers insight into how, when,

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New Pew Research Center Report Reveals Steady Increase in Global Religious Persecution

Pew Research Center, one of the leading American think takes that provides information on general public opinion and demographic statistics, released a report on November 10, 2020 in which they confirm what has already been the fear of human rights and religious freedom advocates worldwide: rates of religious persecution are currently at the highest they

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Indian Christian Woman Murdered in Jharkhand, Marking the Sixth Death of an Indian Christian Within Just Three Months

Unfortunately, the months of May, June, and July have seen a handful of deaths of Indian Christians, both men and women as well as adults and teenagers, in a string of unrelated murders believed to be motivated by religious extremism.

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Religiously Motivated Violence Against Indian Christians On the Rise

The United Christian Forum (UCF) recently revealed that violence against Christians in India has reached just over half of the nation’s states. Within the short span of the first six months of 2020, the pervasive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with an increase in the frequency of religiously motivated attacks against Indian Christians:

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Vulnerable Religious Communities and the Outbreak of COVID-19

Background: On April 30, 2020, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA hosted a virtual webinar titled “Vulnerable Religious Communities during COVID” in which numerous panelists including Ambassador Sam Brownback and USCIRF Commissioner Rev. Johnnie Moore discussed how the outbreak of COVID-19 has exacerbated the discrimination and mistreatment of religious minority communities around the world. Starting off with

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USCIRF Releases 2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Each year, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) releases a comprehensive report in which they discuss the situations in countries which are the most repressive regarding religious freedom. These reports serve as a major source of information produced by a U.S. government agency. These reports which detail restrictions on the exercise of

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