On November 29, the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), Italy, and the Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF), Belgium, hosted a seminar on human rights entitled ‘Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem’.This seminar, held in Seoul, South Korea, was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by the majority groups, particularly in the context of anti-human rights situations such as the forced conversions that occurred in Korea.Forced conversion, also known as ‘deprogramming’, involves kidnapping and detaining the members of religious groups—labeled as “cults” by their opponents---in order to compel them to abandon their faith. It is a social issue that causes human rights violations.More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced … [Read more...] about Seminar on freedom of faith and human rights held by CESNUR and HRWF
The winter holidays are right around the corner. Soon, many Americans will gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for abundant blessings and freedoms as they indulge in a surfeit of delicious traditional foods. Leftovers will last for days. In December, people of different faiths and traditions will celebrate religious or cultural holidays – enjoying more festive and plentiful food and the added indulgence of gift-giving. This season can leave many of us feeling stuffed and uncomfortable – in more ways than one. As you plan for this “season of excess,” consider a few eye-opening facts: Over Halloween, Americans spent $490 million on costumes for pets, $3.2 billion on costumes for people, and $2.6 billion on candy treats. Billions more were spent on decorations. In November and December, Americans are expected to spend $730 billion on holiday buying of gifts (often unneeded or unwanted), food, greeting cards and wrapping paper. The 2.65 … [Read more...] about On Philanthropy: Suffering from seasonal gluttony syndrome? Here’s a cure.
On Dec 3rd local time, the US House of Representatives passed the so-called "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019". This bill deliberately smears the human rights condition in Xinjiang, slanders China's efforts in de-radicalization and counter-terrorism and viciously attacks the Chinese government's Xinjiang policy. Such malicious attack on Chinese government's Xinjiang policies and the unethical practices of distorting facts seriously violates international law and basic norms governing international relations, and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs. Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism. Since the 1990s, elements of terrorist, separatist and extremist forces launched several thousand terrorist attacks there, causing loss of life to and damaging the property of people of all ethnic groups, and trampling upon the basic human rights. However, some US politicians just turned a blind … [Read more...] about China allows no one to back terrorist forces
Riyadh: Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, the authorities said on Sunday, further eroding some of the world's strictest social rules as sweeping reforms take hold. Previously, Saudi Arabia required all restaurants to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The ministry of municipalities and rural affairs announced on Twitter this would no longer be mandatory. Unrelated men and women have for decades been barred from mixing in public places under strict social rules once enforced by hardline clerics and the religious police. But Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has brought the religious establishment to heel — partly by arresting critics — and eased other restrictions, including bans on women driving and public entertainment. Segregation has quietly eased over the past year or so, as eateries, cafes, conference centres and concert halls stopped strictly enforcing it. A spokesman for … [Read more...] about As Part of Sweeping Reforms, Saudi Arabia Ends Gender-segregated Entrances for Restaurants