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Algeria’s Ahmadis forced to worship behind closed doors

Accused of heresy by Islamist extremists and targeted by the authorities, members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist [...]

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other allies failed to uphold religious freedom – Rex Tillerson

US ALLIES including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out “genocide” against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. Secretary Tillerson made the comments at [...]

Algeria’s Ahmadis forced to worship behind closed doors

ALGIERS: Members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist Islamic movement after years as an ultra-conservative Salafist. People he once called [...]

Britain Pressures Pakistan To Repeal Blasphemy Laws As Pakistan Celebrates Independence From Britain

Twenty-four British politicians pleaded with Pakistan’s leaders to repeal blasphemy laws on the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain. The British MPs sent a letter to Pakistan’s president and prime minister Monday urging Pakistan to repeal discriminatory [...]

Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan, says United States

“Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen are on death row or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy,” Rex Tillerson said in his speech as he released the 2016 International Religious Freedom report.  Religious [...]

Tillerson raps some U.S. allies for religious freedom violations, slams IS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. allies including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out “genocide” against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Tillerson made [...]

Pakistan Independence Day: British MPs call for end to blasphemy laws on 70th anniversary

MPs are using the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence to urge its rulers to repeal blasphemy laws and instil religious freedom. In a letter signed by 24 leading British politicians to the country’s President and Prime Minister, they say the [...]

The ‘absent’ schoolteacher of Dulmial

CHAKWAL: When he chose teaching as his profession in 2002, Malik Zahid Hameed never thought that he would end up in such a bizarre situation. But the schoolteacher, who is also an office-bearer of the local chapter of the [...]

Indonesia’s Ahmadiyah Push Back Against Discriminatory Laws

Conversion Requirement for National ID Cards Prompts Protest Indonesia’s besieged Ahmadiyah religious community is fighting back. Earlier this week, representatives of the religious minority from Manislor district in West Java’s Kuningan regency filed a formal complaint against a local [...]

Amnesty Urges Algeria to Stop Arrests & prosecutions of Ahmadis

Algeria must halt its clampdown against members of the minority Ahmadiyya religious movement, said Amnesty International, ahead of the appeal hearing on June 21 of six Ahmadis sentenced to up to four years in prison for charges relating to [...]

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