Laos: Freedom of Worship and Expression Suppressed

Laos recognizes four faiths; Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Bahai, but it remains an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, and the communists have had to come to terms with religious clerics since they ousted a 600-year-old Buddhism-based monarchy in 1975.

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Malaysia: Putrajaya urged to ratify UN declaration on religious freedom

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP parliamentarian today urged Malaysia to sign and ratify the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, which will allow for religious freedom in the country.

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Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia – Interfaith Program

The third annual training of peace activists through the Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) opened during an interfaith service at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on 15 October. The program has the theme, Peace with Justice and Human Security: Interfaith Perspectives

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Consultation explores relationship between interreligious dialogue, liberation

An interreligious consultation on ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Liberation’ jointly organized by the World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission, Singapore explored the promise and possibilities inherent in integrating liberationist concerns to interreligious dialogue.

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Asian church leaders search for grassroots perspective on Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

General secretaries and other high-ranking national church leaders from nine Asian countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 4-7 September to pave the way for a coherent and well-coordinated Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP) Asia Focus-2019.

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Bangladesh minister meets interfaith group over Rohingya

The vexed issue of how best to protect Rohingya refugees being repatriated was at the center of a meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Myanmar interfaith leaders. Nyunt Mg Shein, vice-president of Myanmar’s interfaith dialogue group, said the 90-minute Aug. 12 meeting discussed collaboration on rehabilitation and reintegration programs.

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Singapore faiths and government should work closely to curb extremist religious speakers: forum

Local religious leaders have called for a stronger partnership between themselves and the government to prevent foreign religious speakers with deviant views from coming into Singapore.

They were speaking at a one-day forum, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies, on the role of religious leaders and the state in cultivating religious harmony in Singapore at the Furama RiverFront Hotel on Tuesday (3 July).

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Timor-Leste turns to religious tourism to boost economy

Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili (center), Tourism Minister Manuel Vong (next to the bishop) and pilgrims pose for a picture after a send-off Mass at the Bishop’s residence in Dili before the group began its pilgrimage to Oecusse in Timor-Leste on April 20. (Photo by Thomas Ora/ucanews.com)

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Why the rescued Thai soccer team has ordained as Buddhist novice monks


After their dramatic rescue from Nang Non cave, the Thai boys and their soccer coach have ordained as novice monks for a period of nine days, as a part of paying respect to the Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died during the efforts to save them.

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