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Missing Pakistanis: UN team to investigate


September 10th, 2012 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Sep 10 (IANS) A UN delegation has arrived in Pakistan on a 10-day mission to study the measures taken by the government to prevent the so-called "forced disappearances" of ... Read more...

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Himachal court strikes down parts of law on conversion


August 30th, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Aug 30 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court Thursday struck down some provisions of a state law related to the freedom of a person intending to convert from one ... Read more...

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US critical on religious freedom in Russia


July 31st, 2012 - 8:29 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A US State Department report on religious freedom in the world says problems have remained in Russia because authorities "often failed to distinguish between peaceful ... Read more...

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Swamy slams Team Anna for being soft on Sonia Gandhi


June 11th, 2012 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 11 (IANS) Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Monday slammed Team Anna for only targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his colleagues but not attacking the UPA chairperson ... Read more...

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Swamy slams Team Anna for being soft on Sonia Gandhi


June 11th, 2012 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 11 (IANS) Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Monday slammed Team Anna for only targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his colleagues but not attacking the UPA chairperson ... Read more...

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China urges US to stop meddling on Tibet


March 29th, 2012 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 29 (IANS) China has urged the US to stop meddling in its internal affairs through the Tibet issue."We are resolutely opposed to it," the China Daily quoted Foreign ... Read more...

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US to discuss Tibet situation with China


February 11th, 2012 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Feb 11 (IANS) The issue of increased tensions and violations of human rights in Tibet will come up for discussion during Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to ... Read more...

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Dutch government approves burqa ban


January 28th, 2012 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
The Hague, Jan 28 (IANS) The Dutch government Friday approved a ban on face-covering clothing, such as a burqa, a niqab, a forage cap, or a full face helmet, reported ... Read more...

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France violated Sikh’s right to wearing turban: UN


January 13th, 2012 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 13 (IANS) The UN rights committee has said France violated the religious freedom of a 76-year-old Sikh when he was asked to remove his turban for his ID ... Read more...

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Amish men jailed over reflective triangle dispute


January 12th, 2012 - 10:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Kentucky, Jan 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of Amish men who refused to use the mandated reflective triangle at the back of the horse-drawn cart have been jailed. The Amish community is ... Read more...

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Stop rights violations in Tibet: South African MPs


November 11th, 2011 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Nov 11 (IANS) Expressing solidarity with the people of Tibet, two South African MPs have called for stopping human rights violations in Tibet by the Chinese government, the Central ... Read more...

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Dalai Lama asks China to review Tibet policy


November 5th, 2011 - 1:36 am ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Nov 4 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama Friday asked the Chinese leadership to review 60 years of its Tibet policy, saying "using force is counterproductive and will ... Read more...

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British gays to be allowed to wed in churches


November 4th, 2011 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
London, Nov 4 (IANS) Gay couples in Britain will be allowed to wed in churches by the end of this year, a minister has said.Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has ... Read more...

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Exiled Tibetans ask China to stop repressive policy


November 4th, 2011 - 12:19 am ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Nov 3 (IANS) Expressing concern over another self-immolation in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based here Thursday asked China to stop its repressive policy on Tibet and allow ... Read more...

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End repression in Tibet, say exiles


October 10th, 2011 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Oct 10 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile Monday condemned repression in Tibet and asked China to engage the Tibetan people in a dialogue to address their grievances."Since March 10, the ... Read more...

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US condemns death sentence for Iran pastor


September 30th, 2011 - 4:15 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) The US Thursday asked Iran to free an Iranian pastor sentenced to death in that country for allegedly refusing to renounce Christianity for Islam.The decision demonstrate ... Read more...

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End repression in Tibet: Amnesty


September 29th, 2011 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Sep 29 (IANS) Rights group Amnesty International has urged China to end "repressive practices" in Tibet, the Tibetan government-in-exile said here Thursday."These recent immolations (by two monks) have reportedly ... Read more...

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US group seeks separate registration of Sikh marriages


September 1st, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) A US-based Sikh community advocacy group has sought UN intervention to persuade India to pass a law for separate registration of Sikh marriages.Sikhs for Justice ... Read more...

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California to let Sikh prisoners keep beards


June 11th, 2011 - 10:17 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 11 (IANS) California has agreed to allow prisoners in the state to keep unshorn beards in accordance with their faith, according to the Sikh Coalition, a community advocacy ... Read more...

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14 held in Orissa for flouting conversion rules (Lead)


March 30th, 2011 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, March 29 (IANS) At least 14 people, including nine women, were arrested in Orissa Tuesday on charges of flouting the rules while converting their religion, police said.While a Hindu ... Read more...

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14 held for unlawful religious conversion


March 29th, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, March 29 (IANS) At least 14 people, including nine women, were arrested in Orissa Tuesday on charges of indulging in illegal religious conversion, police said.The men and women were ... Read more...

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Australian distrust of Muslims widespread: Rights report


March 21st, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Mar. 21 (ANI): A new Australian Human Rights Commission report to be released today has said the Australian distrust of Muslims is widespread.Muslim concerns include problems for women who wear the ... Read more...

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Canada shocked over Pakistani minister’s assassination


March 3rd, 2011 - 11:06 am ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 3 (IANS) Expressing his shock over the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's minister of minorities, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday asked Pakistan to prevent the misuse of ... Read more...

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Canadian Sikhs angry as Quebec assembly bans kirpan


February 10th, 2011 - 11:07 am ICT by IANS
By Gurmukh Singh Toronto, Feb 10 (IANS) The legislative assembly of Canada's French-speaking Quebec province Wednesday passed a unanimous motion banning the kirpan from its premises.All 113 members of the assembly, including Premier ... Read more...

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Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia


February 6th, 2011 - 10:20 pm ICT by BNO News
BANTEN, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) -- Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, ... Read more...

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Vatican condemns China-sponsored ordination


November 25th, 2010 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Nov 25 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican Wednesday condemned China after its government-backed Catholic church ordained a bishop Saturday without papal consent. Pope Benedict XVI learned of Father Joseph Guo Jincai's ordination ... Read more...

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Asma Jahangir awarded UN Bilbao prize for promoting human rights


November 18th, 2010 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
United Nations, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan's noted human rights activist, Asma Jahangir, has been named as this year's winner of the Bilbao Prize- a UN award that recognizes "outstanding individual contribution to ... Read more...

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Muslim sues Oklahoma state for banning Sharia law


November 5th, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): Two days after Oklahoma voters approved a ballot measure banning state courts from considering Islamic Sharia law or international law while making a judgement, a local Muslim has ... Read more...

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Burqa Ban In France Approved By Senate


October 8th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar Oct 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The French Senate approves Burqa Ban in France on Tuesday. The nation will now ban any type of veil that covers people face, including Burqa. That ... Read more...

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Southern Baptist Theological President: Yoga is not a Christian belief


October 8th, 2010 - 3:30 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President, R. Albert Mohler says that Yoga is not a Christian belief.He claims that Yoga practice was derived from Eastern religion and warned Christians not to practice ... Read more...

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Ex-MP asks poll panel to de-recognise CPI-M


September 29th, 2010 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Trouble is brewing for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). One of its former parliamentarians has asked the Election Commission to derecognise it if the party does ... Read more...

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New Yorkers say Ground Zero mosque inappropriate


September 24th, 2010 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 24 (IANS) A majority of New Yorkers feel that a mosque and an Islamic centre at the site of the erstwhile World Trade Center was "wrong" and inappropriate and ... Read more...

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7 in 10 New Yorkers want proposed mosque away from Ground Zero: Poll


September 3rd, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Sep 3 (ANI): Seven out of ten New Yorkers participating in a New York poll, want the proposed Muslim community center and mosque to be relocated away from Ground Zero ... Read more...

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New Yorkers Want A New Site For Mosque, Poll Reveals


September 1st, 2010 - 7:18 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri Sep 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The proposal to set up an Islamic cultural center adjacent to the World Trade Center site has created differences of opinion among the New York Residents. ... Read more...

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71 percent New Yorkers oppose mosque near Ground Zero


September 1st, 2010 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS
New York, Aug 31 (DPA) Despite their support for freedom of religion, 71 percent of New Yorkers believe the planned mosque and Islamic community centre near Ground Zero should be built "somewhere ... Read more...

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