human rights

  • 24 Sep 2009

    Nine Methodist Church leaders in Fiji have returned to court as the military regime continues to crack down on those who speak out against it. The nine Methodists have been banned from preaching and attending meetings.

  • 22 Sep 2009

    The authorities in Azerbaijan are facing allegations of abuse and repression towards both Muslim and Christian worshipers. A major Sunni mosque has been closed down while Baptists have accused the police of intimidation and violence.

  • 22 Sep 2009

    A hearing into allegations that a teacher promoted racist views in the classroom has been delayed after police cited fears of violence. Adam Walker is accused of promoting hostility to asylum-seekers, gay people and Muslims.

  • 16 Sep 2009

    A Colombian pastor was assassinated at his home on Sunday 13 September, as concern increases about human rights violations against church and human rights workers.

  • 12 Sep 2009

    The American satirist Tom Lehrer said that satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize “for bombing Cambodia”.

  • 11 Sep 2009

    The Prime Minister has issued an apology for the homophobic hounding of the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing. He was driven to suicide in the 1950s by criminal prosecution and “medical treatment” imposed in response to his sexuality.

  • 7 Sep 2009

    Legal matters involving religion are making big headlines these days. A new database resource will help those wanting to follow the issues in detail.

  • 13 Aug 2009

    Nine Methodist Church leaders appeared in court in Fiji yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges of breaching Public Emergency Regulations. They have been released on bail but are forbidden to preach, speak in public or meet with each other.

  • 10 Aug 2009

    Human rights campaigners in Zimbabwe believe they have a 50:50 chance of seeing the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected in the country's new constitution. This would overturn existing Zimbabwean law.

  • 8 Aug 2009

    Church leaders have urged Filipinos to help remove new signs of despotism and to protect the democracy for which former president Corazon Aquino had struggled and sacrificed.