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On 14 August 1947 predominantly Hindu India was partitioned and the Muslim-majority regions of Punjab in the west and Bengal in the east became the independent Muslim state of Pakistan.
The Jakarta Post reports: "Religious violence is on the rise in the world's largest Muslim country according to a report by the Wahid Institute http://www.wahidinstitute.org/, which places the blame on the government for its failing to crack down on radical groups.
On Tuesday 9 December, Muslims rioted in response to rumours that Welhelmina Holle, a Christian teacher at SD Masohi elementary school, had insulted Islam in a comment he made while tutoring a sixth grade student.
In 1983 Sudan's President Numayri violated the 1972 Addis Ababa peace accord and decreed that Sharia (Islamic) Law would be implemented across the whole of Sudan.
On Saturday 29 November, Maldives' Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced that it would block a Dhivehi and English language website which it claimed was promoting Christianity amongst Maldivians.
Southern Nigeria is predominantly Christian whilst northern Nigeria is predominantly Muslim. An ethnic-religious fault-line runs through the centre. For decades Nigeria was ruled by military dictators from the north. Rising Islamic fundamentalism and zeal spurred on by the legitimisation of Sharia Law in the northern states has caused persecution of Christians to escalate in the north.
In June 2008, at the invitation of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) submitted an analysis of the concept of "Defamation of Religions" as it is being introduced by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and General Assembly.
(OIC: Organisation of Islamic Conference)
Durban I -- the UN's first World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance -- which was held in Durban, South Africa, in early September 2001 ended with a walkout over its virulent anti-Semitism. Yet sadly it now seems clear that the Durban Review Conference (or Durban II), which will be held in Geneva in April 2009, is shaping up to be even worse.
It is very easy to despair over Somalia as being no more than a land of war, chaos, lawlessness, hopelessness, tribalism, barbarism and Islam. The international community and the mainstream media seem to have largely abandoned Somalia, not least because it is simply too dangerous to visit. But Christians must in true counter- cultural fashion see Somalia through spiritual eyes.
Der Kommunismus kam in Laos im Zusammenhang mit dem Sieg der Kommunisten in Vietnam 1975 an die Macht. Verlierer der langen kriegerischen Auseinandersetzung war vor allem das Volk der Hmong, die mit den USA paktiert hatten. Auch jetzt, mehr als drei Jahrzehnte nach dem Ende des Vietnamkriegs gelten die Hmong als Feinde und Verräter, die unerbittlich bekämpft werden, unter anderem durch Vertreibung in die Wälder, wo ihnen der Hungertod droht.