» 09/21/2005, 00.00
Malay converts to Christianity "cannot renounce Islam"
Many converts are branded as "apostates" and they are forced to practice their new faith in hiding because they fear Sharia violence. The Constitution states that "a Malay citizen is a person who professes Islam".
New religion laws "have changed nothing"
The international human rights group, Human Rights Watch, gives its views on the laws on religious freedom, one year after they entered into force. "Repression is still widespread and freedom of worship is subject to arbitrary restrictions".
India's Supreme Court postpones hearing on Christian dalits' rights again
The Delhi archbishop criticises the decision and blames discriminatory laws
Malaysia: The government puts Islamic groups under surveillance
Doubts over who should judge converts
The Federal Court has decided to assess whether Sharia is the only system with the right to judge converts. The case in question is a converted Christian who changed her name in official documents but remains registered under Islam, thus obliged to marry a Muslim.
Malaysia bishops worried: the shadow of the Sharia extends over non-Muslims too
Islamic law in the country's 13 states clashes with the constitution and creates difficulties for non-Muslims. In an interview with the AsiaNews envoy, Leonard Teoh, a Malaysian Catholic lawyer describes the restrictions and violence which are a fruit of Islamic law, and comments on the alarm voiced by the bishops.
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