Latest Religious discrimination News

UN investigator: Myanmar is not safe for Rohingyas to return

Oct. 4, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s independent investigator on Myanmar says it's not safe for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to return because Myanmar has failed to dismantle its "system of persecution" of Rohingyas. Yanghee Lee said in a report to the General Assembly...

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

Sep. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States. Trump's administration already has slashed the...

Judge: Michigan adoption agencies can turn away LGBT couples

Sep. 26, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney...

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

Sep. 26, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States. Trump's administration already has slashed the...

Virginia woman sues, says prayer break request cost her job

Sep. 25, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia woman is suing a company that she says refused to hire her after she requested two five-minute breaks to pray during her work shift. Shahin Indorewala, 26, of Woodbridge says her job interview with Falls Church-based Fast Trak Management was going well until she...

US steps up pressure on China over treatment of Muslims

Sep. 24, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration, locked in a trade war with China, is increasing pressure on Beijing over what it says is the systematic oppression of ethnic minority Muslims. The U.S. State Department hosted a panel Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York to...

The Latest: Trump mocks teen climate change activist

Sep. 24, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's U.N. visit (all times local): 11:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is mocking a teenage activist who gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations urging world leaders to do more to combat climate change. Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta...

Virginia jail ends 'God Pod' after Muslim inmates sue

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail has ended a program which inmates dubbed the "God Pod" after a lawsuit alleged the program provided favorable treatment to Christians and discriminated against Muslims. Court documents show the Riverside Regional Jail south of Richmond ended the program on the advice...

5 rights groups urge UN chief to condemn China over Muslims

Sep. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Five human rights organizations are urging Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to condemn the Chinese government's detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region and call for the immediate closure of government detention camps. In a letter to the U.N. chief released...

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...