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Hundreds of policemen are mopping up in search of 'unwanted elements' as part of a preventative anti-terror operation 'Tozalash-Antiterror'. The families of political prisoners and religious groups are under special surveillance.
In Hanoi, some 10,000 Catholics came onto the streets to sing hymns and pray for religious liberty. They held flowers and crosses, and candles on dark nights and umbrellas on rainy days. The Hanoi prayer vigils for religious liberty have been the largest public demonstrations Vietnam has seen since the Communists came to power.
For over 1000 years the Russian people lived under the rule of princes, tsars and party leaders. In Russia, serfdom was protected by the laws of the country until 1861. The majority of the people never belonged to themselves but were someone else's property.
Islamic jihadists launched an orchestrated terror campaign against Iraq's indigenous Christian community on Sunday 12 July, detonating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at seven Baghdad churches, killing four and wounding dozens of people.
Sharia Law does not allow a Christian to testify against a Muslim. As this becomes the official policy -- or even just the common practice -- Muslims discover they can terrorise and pillage Christians with impunity. Then intolerance and violent persecution soar.
Since early 2007 the Egyptian government has been appeasing Muslim fundamentalists by settling matters of sectarian conflict out of court in line with Islamic Sharia law. That prohibits Christians from bringing evidence against Muslims
Vietnam introduced a series of economic reforms in the 1990s. Subsequently diplomatic relations were established with the US in May 1995. Vietnam's goals were to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and have the US grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status. However, as a prerequisite to this Vietnam had to improve its religious liberty.
Azerbaijan's repressive new Religion Law, and amendments to both the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code came into force on 31 May, Forum 18 has learned. New "offences" - such as more severe censorship - and new punishments are introduced for religious activities and organisations the government does not like.
Lebanon will go to the polls on Sunday 7 June for general elections that have both domestic and regional significance. There are 128 seats in the parliament and whilst Lebanon has a 'unity government', two main political coalitions dominate the electoral scene.
Religious freedom and Obama’s missed opportunities. NRO interview with Nina Shea on Obama's Cairo speech.