» 04/02/2009, 00.00
Religious police arrest famous actors, because men and women were performing together
The muttawa raids a hotel where a popular television series was being filmed. The actors have been released on bail, and one woman has been subjected to a moral education session. There is sharp division in the country between the fundamentalist religious leaders and those who want more freedom.
11/03/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Prison, whipping for 75-year-old widow: her nephew brought her bread
The poor woman is suspected of seducing two young men. She even risks being kicked out of the country. There are criticisms of abuse of power on the part of the religious police, who watch over the morality and behavior of citizens, gravely interfering in individuals' private lives.
10/03/2009 INDIA - SAUDI ARABIA
After jail, Christians pray for Saudi king Abdallah
Fr. George Joshua was arrested in 2006 by the religious police, for celebrating Mass in a private residence. In 2007, he founded a group that has been joined by more than 500 people. They are praying for the well-being of the kingdom, and for freedom of religion. The priest invites Christians in India to make a "positive contribution to Saudi society."
Tajik president Rakhmon signs law suffocating religious freedom
Even while it was being drafted, the bill was criticized by the OCSE and the U.S. Prompted by the fear of Islamic fundamentalism, it puts under state control any activity connected to faith, institutes censorship of religious publications, and makes the legalization of non-Muslim groups almost impossible.
13/09/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Islamic leader: it is permissible to kill the owners of "immoral" television channels
For the sheikh Salih Ibn al-Luhaydan, the television channels that broadcast programs contrary to morality must be stopped; if there are no other means of coercion, he authorizes murder. Even the Saudi royal family is in danger, because it owns a channel that broadcasts music films and videos.
02/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Christian activist arrested: he had documents on the humanitarian crisis in Vanni
Santha Fernando is the secretary of the Commission for Justice and Peace. He was arrested at the international airport of Colombo by the anti-terrorism investigative division. He was supposed to participate in a seminar on the situation in the north, ripped apart by the war between the army and the Tamil Tigers.
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