Freedom of Religion

Indonesian church faces troubled Christmas

Thousands of cards for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are placed by Christians at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

A Christian community in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation, is preparing to hold Christmas services on the street as sectarian attacks keep them locked out of their church.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 6:38am

There is no ban on Uygur dress, police deputy says at congress

Uygur Muslim women in traditional dress in Kashgar. Photo: AFP

Muslim head coverings and long beards are "kind of passé", a deputy police chief from Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture said this week when explaining why authorities discouraged such practices among Uygurs, who make up 40 per cent of the region's population.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:35am 14 comments

Concrete steps on political reform needed

In the past few months, Premier Wen Jiabao has emphasised a need to better safeguard the personal rights and freedoms of Chinese citizens. These comments, despite the limited coverage given them by state media, were seen as a potential catalyst for a long overdue debate on political reform.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Muslims force the closure of religion debates

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has bowed to pressure from conservative Muslims, shutting down a series of forums on religious freedom.

The order is directed at Article 11, a coalition of 13 Muslim and non-Muslim human rights NGOs named after the article in the constitution that guarantees freedom of religion.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Full religious freedom has arrived, says Hanoi

Vietnam, seeking to be removed from the US list of the world's worst violators of religious rights, has sent out a strong pro-freedom message at its Communist Party congress.

A top religious affairs official told a press conference yesterday: 'Socialism does not contravene spirituality', and claimed full freedom of religious practice had arrived in the country.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Taking a fresh look at on-line religion

THE approaching Christmas holiday season often turns the occidental mind towards religion.

The subject of religion and the computer is something I occasionally like to look at because I feel it has certain incongruities that are often dealt with in unusual ways.

5 Dec 1995 - 12:00am