Macedonian authorities urged to give archbishop fair trial

TANJUG - 11/7/13 BELGRADE -- The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has called on the Macedonian government and PM Nikola Gruevski to ensure a fair trial for Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid. They were also urged to release him from custody pending his trial, in line with the country's criminal law provisions. The appeal was issued at the end ...

The Conference of European Churches urges Prime Minister Gruevski for immediate release of Archbishop Jovan!

11/7/13 The Conference of European Churches, which from 3rd to 8th July held its 14th General Assembly in Budapest, at the end of its work issued an announcement in regard to the arresting and the imprisonment of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, by the authorities of R. Macedonia. The announcement states: The Assembly of CEC has ...

The Politics of Human Rights: Orthodox Christianity Gets the Short End, by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou

W ashington, D.C. 5/8/2013 Today is Easter for the world’s 350 million Orthodox Christians, who just completed their Holy Week of prayer and fasting  which culminated in today’s message of transcendent hope.  But all last week and today, Orthodox Christians the world over have been reminded that politics trumps human rights.  There’s a cruel irony in the ...

Are Turkey’s Orthodox Christians Waiting for Godot?

Metropolitan Apostolos Daniilidis, an Orthodox bishop at the monastery attached to the Halki school, is seen at

  Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse - 7/5/13 The memorable play of Irish author and playwright Samuel Beckett, "Waiting for Godot," has become a metaphor for situations in which people wait for someone unlikely to come, or do not even know what they are expecting. They just keep waiting and waiting. The handful of Orthodox Greeks left ...

Armenian Church in Turkish Eruh city being converted into Islamic school

YEREVAN, MAY 1, ARMENPRESS: The historical Armenian Church Saint John, located in Dih District of Eruh city inTurkey, without any permission is being converted into an Islamic religious school for girls. As reported by Armenpress, quoting the Turkish Demokrathaber.net, this was announced by the representatives of the Siirt branch of the Human Rights Protection Company ...

Dozens of Christian homes set on fire by Muslim mob, Pakistani authorities say

Associated Press - 10/3/13 (CNN) -- The arrest of a Christian man accused of making remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammed wasn't enough to appease an angry mob in Pakistan this weekend. More than 100 homes of Christians were set on fire by outraged Muslims in the Badami Bagh community in Lahore on Saturday after police arrested Sawan ...

Egyptian Copts in Libya allegedly detained, tortured following ‘missionising’ claims

Photos published on Facebook of detained Copts in Libya accused of proselytisation.

Sherry El-Gergawi – 1/3/13 Scores of Egyptian Coptic Christians are detained, abused by Salafists in Benghazi after being accused of proselytising, says Coptic Church source. Activists in Libya on Thursday posted photographs on Facebook allegedly portraying Egyptian Coptic-Christians detained in Libya on charges of proselytising. The activists asserted that the images would also be sent to the United ...

Regarding the torture on religious basis which is being performed upon Archbishop Jovan

On 14.02.2013 the analysis of prof. Mirjana Najcevska, regarding the media in the developed democratic countries and their role as controllers of the authorities in the aspect of the respect and protection of the human rights, was published. The analysis was prepared as part of the USAID project for strengthening of the media in Macedonia – ...

Syrian rebels destroy Shi’ite site, loot churches: HRW

Alexander Dziadosz | Reuters - 25/1/13 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels in Syria have burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, as the longest and deadliest of the Arab Spring revolts becomes increasingly sectarian. The 22-month-old rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad started as a peaceful protest movement but has turned into civil war, ...

Second Annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception

Aphoridte - 18/12/12 PRESS RELEASE Second Annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception Washington, DC – On November 29th, 2012, Congressman John Sarbanes convened the second annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception on Capitol Hill. The Reception, which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building, was hosted by Senator Ben Cardin and ...

Abba Seraphim on Human Rights

British Orthodox Church On 10 November at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, Abba Seraphim gave an address at the Annual Dinner of the Coptic Medical Society. His subject was “Campaigning for the Human Rights of the Copts” in which he spoke of his part in supporting both Copts and converts to Christianity, especially in relation ...

Christians Take Discrimination to European Court in Britain

6/9/2012 Christians in Britain who lost separate employment tribunals relating to their religious beliefs take their legal fight to the European Court of Human Rights. The cases of four British citizens is likely to be a landmark case for future incidents. Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs because of discrimination against their beliefs have ...

Calling for all Copts, NGOs form coordinating body outside church auspices

Mohamed Elmeshad 20/8/2012 Spurred by what they see as an increasing tide of Islamization lead by the Muslim Brotherhood, 13 Coptic civil society and political activist groups decided to band together and create a coordinating body unattached to the church. Inaugurated last week, the Coptic Consultative Council is meant to work as a “unifying entity for all Christian ...

Turkey’s Human Rights Hypocrisy

By TANER AKCAM 20/7/2012 A NEW political order is emerging in the Middle East, and Turkey aspires to be its leader by taking a stand against authoritarian regimes. Earlier this week, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went so far as to denounce the Syrian government’s continuing massacres of civilians as “attempted genocide.” Turkey’s desire to champion human ...

Russian Church defends Brits who lost jobs for wearing crucifix

10/7/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church has stepped in to support two British women who are taking their case for wearing religious symbols at work to the European Court of Human Rights. ­British Airways check-in clerk Naida Eweida and nurse Shirley Chaplin both lost their jobs after wearing a crucifix to work. In Eweida’s case the airline claimed ...

Orthodox Church concerned about anti-foreign NGOs bill

Nina Achmatova 3/7/2012 Foreign-funded Russian NGOs involved in political activities must register as foreign agents. Since the Orthodox Church receives funds from its foreign dioceses, it is concerned it might come under closer scrutiny. Failure to register could mean fines and up to four years in jail. Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church could be affected by ...

Iraqi Christians Still in Danger, Feel Neglected By Al-Maliki Government

By Luiza Oleszczuk Christian Post 30/3/2012 The year 2011 did not bring respite for Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq as hundreds of thousands of migrants who fled the country are still unwilling to risk returning due to reports of continued discrimination, fear of renewed violence and the government's apparent inability to protect citizens. In addition to the ...

Britain crucifix workplace ban argument for European court a blow to Christian symbol, say critics

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said the crucifix has become little more than jewellery for Christians, adding fuel to the British government's argument to ban it from the workplace as it is not a "requirement" of the faith. KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AP FILE PHOTO

Richard J. Brennan Staff Reporter 12/3/2012 The British government is set to argue at the European Court of Human Rights that Christians do not have the right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work. Critics call the move a blow to Christianity, saying the display of its symbols of faith is restricted while symbols of religions such ...

Protest rally against atrocities on minorities

9/2/2012 India MANGALORE: The Federation of Human Rights' Organizations, comprising 25 like-minded organizations, will take out a rally from Ambedkar Circle on Friday at 3 pm to protest atrocities on Christian churches and institutions. They will urge the Centre to implement the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation) Bill with necessary amendments forthwith. Walter Maben, president of ...

Inadequate Decision At The European Court Of Human Rights – Sacerdotal Vocation Assimilated To The Trade Union Action

3/2/2012 The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: The Romanian Patriarchate learned with great surprise of the decision in the first analysis of the panel of judges of section III of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of the self entitled “The Good Shepherd against Romania” trade union of the ...

Human Rights Watch Report on Eritrea 2012

30/1/2012 Eritrea marked 20 years of independence in 2011, but its citizens remain victimized by one of the world’s most repressive governments. They suffer arbitrary and indefinite detention; torture; inhumane conditions of confinement; restrictions on freedom of speech, movement, and belief; and indefinite conscription and forced labor in national service. Arbitrary Detention Since September 2001 or even before, ...