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Germany's top Protestant cleric, Bishop Wolfgang Huber, has criticised Germany's role as a major global arms exporter, the largest weapons seller in Europe as a whole.
Natalia Morar, who helped organise Moldova's "Twitter revolution," a 20,000-strong flash protest at the country's parliament building on 7 April, is house arrest by the authorities.
Barack Obama has published secret memos detailing the legal justification for the CIA interrogation programme in the Bush era, which critics say amounted to the legitimation of torture.
Following on from China's recently-released Human Rights Action Plan, the new head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong has called for further initiatives on civil rights across the 1.3 billion nation.
Indian church leaders have said they are wary about the motives given for the arrest of a parliamentary candidate from a "Hindu nationalist group" in the troubled Kandhamal district of Orissa state.
China's recently-released National Human Rights Action Plan has been generally welcomed by human rights groups, while they have highlighted some weaknesses and urged further change.
While Protestant, Anglican and Catholic Christians have just finished celebrating the major Easter festival and are looking towards Pentecost, for some the season is still heading towards its Sunday climax.
Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had a private meeting with US President Barack Obama in the run up to Easter, touching on environmental concerns and issues about the future of Turkey.
To mark Earth Day on 22 April, free copies of The Green Bible are being sent to seminary professors and administrators by the National Council of Churches USA Eco-Justice Programmes and its publisher.
A South African Methodist bishop who shelters Zimbabwean refugees from Mugabe's brutal regime and has been a long-standing advocate of social justice now gets death threats
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