Latest Religious discrimination News

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

Dec. 13, 2018 1:10 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt? The answer, given in stories narrated by the book's chief character, is complex and often...

Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights

Nov. 23, 2018 3:14 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — There's a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it's better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that trend, with religious authorities seeking to establish the training of women as spiritual teachers in mosques....

Rights group: Christian religious freedoms decline in Egypt

Nov. 21, 2018 9:54 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says the country's Christians are suffering increased discrimination despite official efforts to address their grievances. The finding comes in a report issued on Wednesday by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The group tracks government efforts to tackle...

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted

Nov. 15, 2018 6:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country's Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told...

The Latest: Hungary opposition wants Gruevski extradition

Nov. 14, 2018 12:08 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on the former prime minister who fled Macedonia (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Hungary's opposition parties are calling on the Hungarian government to arrest and quickly extradite the fugitive former Macedonian prime minister who is seeking asylum in Hungary. Nikola...

UN rights resolution would condemn abuses against Rohingyas

Nov. 7, 2018 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. resolution would strongly condemn the continuing "gross human rights violations and abuses" against Rohingya Muslims and urgently call on Myanmar's government to end discrimination and provide a path to citizenship for the embattled minority. The draft resolution,...

ACLU objects to Hawaii retirement home assisted suicide ban

Nov. 2, 2018 2:49 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Thursday that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish. The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to the executive director...

The Latest: Retirement home says it doesn't discriminate

Nov. 1, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the ACLU's challenge to a Hawaii retirement home's ban on medically assisted suicide (all times local): 4:40 p.m. A Hawaii retirement home says it's consulting its legal counsel after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded it stop discriminating against non-Catholic...

Rights group says 9 Christians detained, abused in Sudan

Oct. 30, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A human rights group is calling on the Sudanese government to investigate reports of torture and abuse of nine Christians, including a priest, it says were detained by state security forces and charged with apostasy. The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies says in a statement Tuesday...

Clergy members allege discrimination in police division

Oct. 22, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the clergy in Ohio's capital city are demanding changes regarding allegations of a climate of discrimination in its police department. More than 30 members signed a letter that was recently delivered to Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther's office asking for several changes,...