» 05/30/2008, 00.00
Rabwa, police ban great Ahmadiyya celebration
The government prohibits members of the community, considered a sect of Islam, from celebrating the centenary of the khilafat, the "system of spiritual succession" according to Ahmadiyya teaching. For the community's spokesman, this is just the latest violation of human rights taking place in Pakistan.
Nepalese Muslims "happy" to celebrate feast together with Hindus
The festival of Dashain, one of the most important moments for Hindu tradition, has become an occasion of "social harmony" and interreligious dialogue. Positive assessments from Hindu and Muslim leaders, who promote the "sharing of moments of celebration."
Muslim woman forced to flee for marrying a Christian
A couple comprising a Christian and a Muslim is forced to live hiding: society condemns their love, for an Islamic scholar it "is punishable by death." The bishop of Islamabad: "The State must defend them, or it will soon disappear."
Religious freedom continues to decline in Asia
Serious and systematic violations of religious freedom are on the rise, including on the part of the authorities. This is the conclusion of the annual report of the U.S. State Department. Over the past year, there have been systematic persecutions in China and Myanmar, but the situation in India is also extremely serious.
Mosques closed in Urumqi while China fights "terrorism"
The places of worship and the main roads of the city are patrolled by tens of thousands of soldiers. The Politburo has announced a hard line against "extremists, separatists, terrorists."
Punjab: 550 Islamic exponents arrested
Police in the province have seized publications inciting clashes and exalting inter-religious hatred. They appealed for collaboration with the security forces to prevent the emergence of situations leading to the outbreak of sectarian hatred.
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