International Institute for Religious Freedom

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Kosovo: Enable religious communities in Kosovo to register as legal entities, say OSCE conference participants

Leaders and members of Islamic, Serbian Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant Evangelic, and Jewish communities in Kosovo reiterated today their call for an improved legal framework which would enable religi...

Iran: Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoners in Iran

In Iran non-Muslims may not engage in public religious expression, persuasion or try to convert Muslims. Proselytizing of Muslims by non-Muslims is illegal and can be punishable by death.The governmen...

Iran: Human Rights under President Rouhani

Presentation at the conference "Religious Minorities in Iran under President Rouhani" organised by HRWF at the European Parliament on 18 March 2014

Iran: Religious Minorities Still Under Attack in Iran

Despite government rhetoric on religious freedom in Iran, it is extremely difficult to be anything but Shia Muslim in today's Iran. The country's religious minorities still face harsh repression, desp...

Iran: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Iran

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking recently to the Human Rights Council, where he expressed his frustration with Hassan Rouhani's presidency thus far. He said that Mr Rouhani has failed to ...

Azerbaijan : Non-Muslim religious minorities in Azerbaijan, a secular state

On 12 November, about 100 people participated in the conference "Christians, Jews and Other Religious Minorities in Azerbaijan" organized at the European Parliament by Human Rights Without Frontiers w...

Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Space

Presentation to the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw on 24th September 2013

France: French schools to display Secular Charter with rules on religion

A new "Charter of Secularism" is to be posted in state schools to remind pupils, parents and teachers that although in France everyone is free to practise any religion or none, within the country's st...

Hungarian Church Law is deemed unconstitutional

The latest decision of the Constitutional Court (CC) was established partly due to the constitutional complaints submitted by the HCLU. The decision states that the main provisions of the Church Law, ...

Belarus religious freedom survey

Belarus continues to keep religious communities within an invisible ghetto of regulation ...

"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...

Ethiopia: USCIRF deeply concerned by emerging religious freedom violations in Ethiopia

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is deeply concerned about the increasing deterioration of religious freedoms for Muslims in Ethiopia.

Kazakhstan: The number of religious institutions slashed by 1/3 following obligatory registration requirement

The number of religious institutions has been reduced by 32% down to 3 088 institutions representing 16 faiths …

Tunisia Jews: A tiny community hanging on - and cooking

Tunisia has a long Jewish history - but now they are at risk of extinction. Of 100,000 before the creation of Israel in 1948, only about 1,500 are left.

Government blames "errors" for negative Venice Commission/OSCE Opinion

Azerbaijan faced wide-ranging criticism in a legal Opinion by the Council of Europe's Venice Commission and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) over the failure of the cont...