» 06/26/2012, 00.00
Joke award for the Patriarch of Moscow. The Duma wants tougher penalties for incitement to religious hatred
The majority party United Russia prepares amendments to the penal code to ensure that the Church is not the subject of satire or negative comments. The Patriarchate approves: it will help avoid civil war.
Changes to Blasphemy Law fall short of expectations
For Christians, the law must be rejected. Human rights activists are dissatisfied with Hudood ordinances.
Medvedev steers religions toward young people, but blocks Jehovah's witnesses
The Russian president is involving the traditional confessions in programs on behalf of young people. The Kremlin wants to reinforce relations with the Orthodox, make the Patriarch of Moscow a point of reference for all religions, and attribute a strong political value to his position. Jehovah's Witnesses accused of social isolation.
Blasphemy 'law' is a death sentence for non Muslims
Pakistan's non Muslim minorities are determined to challenge the law's constitutionality before the Supreme Court.
Blasphemy law: a long list of injustices (An overview)
Under Sections 295 B and 205-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, anyone who desecrates the Qur‘an or defiles the name of the prophet Muhammad is punished with death or life imprisonment. Implemented in 1986 by then dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq, to woo the country’s fundamentalist faction, the laws have become a tool to persecute religious minorities and even Muslims. Almost a thousand people have been charged so far under the law, and hundreds have become its victims.
Putin a candidate for the Kremlin; Moscow Patriarchate: an example of integrity
The Orthodox Church supports the Prime Minister's choice to run again for president. Meanwhile, the exchange of roles within the tandem yields its first casualty: Finance Minister Kudrin ousted.
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