International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo

Buddhists (as offenders)

Sri Lanka: February - March 2015 (Report 1)

The pastor was obtaining the services of a workman to build a temporary shelter in his premises for his livelihood purposes. At approximately 10 a.m., the Grama Sevaka of the area visited the premises...

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...

Sri Lanka: January - February 2015 (Report 1)

5 pastors received a hand-delivered letter from the Officer for Buddhist Affairs of the area Divisional Secretariat with regard to the construction of unauthorized places worship. The letter requested...

Sri Lanka: December 2014 (Report 2)

At approximately 10 a.m., the pastor visited the area police station concerning a land dispute. The Officer in Charge (OIC) however instructed the pastor to be present at the police station on 28th De...

Bhutan: Bhutanese Pastor Tandin Wangyal freed from jail

The case against Bhutanese Pastor Tandin Wangyal, originally detained in March 2014 for holding a religious meeting without permission, has been dropped and he is free after paying a fine on Jan. 19.

World: Hate campaigns target atheists, humanists and liberals as distinct minority

This is a guest post from Bob Churchill, communications director for the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Laos: Seven Christians arrested for religious meeting

Local authorities in Savannakhet province, Laos, arrested seven Protestant Christians after they held a religious meeting on 29 September.

Sri Lanka special: Violations of minority religious rights

Notwithstanding the local and international pressure, violations of the right to freedom of religion and attacks on religious minorities continued unabated in Sri Lanka.

Statement on USCIRF Visit to Burma

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

Laos: Laos Christians charged with murder - death of convert

Laos, July 01, 2014: Five Christians have been charged with murder in Laos after a sick woman sought prayer at her local church, converted to Christianity and later died.

Sri Lanka: Incident Report

June 2014 (Report 1)

Sri Lanka: NCEASL Condemns Violence Against Muslims

NCEASL Condemns Violence Against Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela

Sri Lanka: 3 Muslims killed in attacks by hard-line Buddhist group in southwestern Sri Lanka

Hard-line Buddhists hurled petrol bombs and looted homes and businesses in several Muslim towns in Sri Lanka, killing three Muslims and seriously wounding more than 50 people in the overnight attacks,...

Burma/Myanmar: Myanmar seeks views on religious conversion bill

Myanmar's government is trying to measure public support for a religious conversion bill put forward by nationalist Buddhist monks that would require anyone who wants to convert to another faith to ge...

Laos: Christians still detained in Savannakhet as EU-Laos human rights talks begin

Multiple sources have informed Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) that 11 Christians detained in Savannakhet Province on 11 May 2014 remain in prison after being arrested for meeting in an unauthori...