International Institute for Religious Freedom
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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.
Most of Egypt's 10 percent Christian minority are Copts, the indigenous people of Egypt. According to tradition, the Apostle Mark took the gospel to Egypt in the 1st Century and by the 6th Century the nation was largely Christian. After the Arab Muslim conquest in the 7th Century, Jews and Christians could either convert to Islam or submit to Islamic domination and rule (dhimmitude), while polytheists could choose only Islam or death. Resistance always meant death.
The Second Indochina War (the Vietnam War) saw the Indochinese Communists defeat the US and its allies, which included Laos' ethnic Hmong who had been recruited by the CIA to block the Ho Chi Min trail. Whilst the war may have ended, a military campaign against the Laos' Hmong persists. Aimed at genocide, the campaign involves massacres, the use of chemical weapons ('yellow rain') and forced starvation.