Religion

Thai border police killed by suspected insurgents in south

Apr 5, 2019

Police says two Border Patrol Police officers in southern Thailand have been killed while praying in a mosque in the latest violence believed linked to a Muslim separatist insurgency

UN rights agency condemns combat in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Apr 5, 2019

The main United Nations human rights agency has expressed concern about an upsurge in fighting between Myanmar's army and guerrillas of the Rakhine minority's Arakan Army, especially attacks on civilians by both sides

Indonesia president has big poll lead as election nears

Apr 5, 2019

Opinion surveys two weeks ahead of presidential and legislative elections show Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his ruling coalition maintaining a large lead over rivals

Malaysia urged to investigate police links to disappearances

Apr 4, 2019

Malaysia's human rights commission has urged the government to reinvestigate the disappearances of a Christian pastor and a Muslim activist after an inquiry concluded they were abducted by the police special branch for alleged proselytizing of Muslims

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

China city offers cash for information in religion crackdown

Mar 29, 2019

A southern Chinese city is offering cash rewards for information about "illegal religious groups" as the ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip over faith communities

HRW urges New Zealand's Ardern to discuss Muslims in China

Mar 29, 2019

A rights group is urging New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to raise concerns about reported Chinese government abuses of Muslims during her visit to Beijing

Report finds gaps in 2015 probe of mass graves in Malaysia

Mar 27, 2019

A report has found gaps in the investigation and possible obstruction of justice involving Malaysia's 2015 discovery of mass graves believed to be of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis held in trafficking camps in a jungle area on its border with Thailand

Amnesty slams Brunei's new 'vicious' Islamic criminal laws

Mar 27, 2019

Amnesty International has slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group calls "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft

China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government

Mar 27, 2019

Chinese officials responsible for Tibet are praising development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule

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