» 04/30/2013, 00.00
Moscow cracks down on NGOs, targets religious communities
Under Russia's new 'Foreign Agents Law', the authorities have carried out thorough inspections of religious organisations, including Muslim associations, Catholic parishes, Pentecostal communities and Jehovah's Witnesses, all except one, the Russian Orthodox Church, to the complaint of some.
Russia, Jewish texts with "extremist content" confiscated from a school
Jewish 'Ohr Avner' High School, already threatened with closure last year for administrative violations, is under investigation. Prosecutors office also focusing on the Novgorod community, where authorities carried out surprise inspections of Hebrew study centers.
Russian NGOs raided. The U.S. concerned about "witch hunt"
About 2 thousand organizations inspected over last month, to monitor compliance with the new law that imposes "foreign agents" label on bodies that receive foreign funding. Organizations that operate in the capital, such as Catholic church and youth groups, also affected.
In Kyrgyzstan, NGOs treated as “foreign agents” subject to checks and controls
The local parliament adopted the “foreign agents” bill in first reading by 83 votes to 23. This means changes to the criminal code to crack down on NGOs that “incite citizens to refuse to fulfil their civic duties or commit other unlawful acts” punishable by up to three years in jail. International organisations have called for changes to the bill, which is a carbon copy of the one adopted by Russia in 2012.
Muslim leaders call for an Islamic education system in Russia
The supreme mufti Talgat Tadzhutddin proposes to introduce a comprehensive network of schools, from madras to academy: so we can attract other Muslims from the West.
18/04/2013 SRI LANKA
Mahinda Rajapaksa: We will defend religious freedom and harmony in Sri Lanka
Meeting with Muslim delegates from around the world, the president of the country spoke of cases of religious intolerance perpetrated by radical Buddhist groups. One of these fundamentalist formations announces plans to open new offices in Russia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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