International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo

Buddhists (as victims)

Russia: UN Religious Freedom expert presents report to the Human Rights Council on country visit to Vietnam

Speaking at the 2th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 10-11 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Heiner Bielefeldt presented his report on hi...

Statement on USCIRF Visit to Burma

Statement of Commissioners M. Zuhdi Jasser and Eric P. Schwartz upon completing a five-day visit to Burma.

Vietnam: Security agents assault UBCV monk and pursue crack-down on UBCV

At 8:00am this morning (Vietnam time), Venerable Thich Chon Tam of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) was intercepted and assaulted by plain-clothed Security agents as he was riding his mot...

Vietnam: Police harass and intercept UBCV monks and lay-followers

Buddhists in the central city of Hue inform theInternational Buddhist Information Bureau that Police and security forces are intercepting, harassing and intimidating monks, nuns and lay-followers of t...

Pakistan: Religious Freedom Incidents: January - September 2013

In the last nine months, Human Rights Without Frontiers has collected an increasing number of acts of social hostility towards non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan.

Vietnam: Statement of Vietnam's clergies concerning ordinance on religion and belief

Statement of Vietnam's Clergies Concerning the Ordinance on Religion and Belief of 2004 and the 2012 Decree on Directives and Measures for Implementing the Ordinance on Religion and Belief

Question Marks over Religious Freedom in Post-Election Malaysia

WEA-RLC Research and Analysis Report - 5/2013

Religious freedom in Viet Nam

Universal Periodic Review - 18th session of the UPR Working Group

Chinese man accused of insulting Quran held

Lee was reportedly moving the belongings of a Pakistani doctor, named Sajid, who was hired by the consortium and had a dispute with the management about relocation. The doctor refused to vacate the ro...

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom criticizes Japan for violating religious freedom

In its Annual Report on the State of International Religious Freedom, issued on 30 April 2013, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) drew attention to the plight of ...

China: Should religious freedom be a "core interest"?

What might lead to an improvement in China's freedom of religion or belief record? Are there any long-term factors that would influence China's new political leaders to improve the situation - or inde...

Concerns new decree restricts religious freedom in Vietnam

Christian Solidarity Worldwide is concerned that a new decree in Vietnam will seriously curtail religious freedom.

"Complex", "arbitrary", "unnecessary" and "expensive" re-registration process

As the compulsory re-registration of all Kazakhstan's religious communities nears completion, smaller religious communities appear to be the main communities forcibly closed down or merged, Forum 18 N...

World: Religion and belief diversity as social capital rather than a trigger for increasing social tension and violence

The European economic crisis has exacerbated ethnic and religious prejudice, raising the danger of more violence against Jewish, Muslim and other minorities throughout the continent.

Freedom of conscience in Russia: Restrictions and challenges in 2011

SOVA Center for Information and Analysis presents its
sixth annual report on the freedom of conscience in the Russian Federation ...