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Monday, 18 September 2023

EVENT, 18-19 September 2023: International Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion (Milan, Italy)
(European Academy of Religion)

Monday, 21 August 2023

EVENT, 21-23 August 2023: 9th IRLA World Congress on Religious Freedom - 130 Years of Advocacy (Washington, DC)
(International Religious Liberty Association)

Friday, 18 August 2023

EVENT, 14-18 August 2023: 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions: A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights (Chicago, USA)
(A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights, Parliament of the World's Religions)

Sunday, 30 July 2023

EVENT, 30 July - August 9: Creation is not our possession: 10 days of [climate] repentance
(Elijah Interfaith Institute)

Thursday, 13 July 2023

EVENT, 13-15 July 2023: Frontiers of Democracy 2023: Religious Pluralism and Robust Democracy in Multiracial Societies, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
(Tufts University)

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

EVENT, 11-13 July 2023: Religious Liberty Summit 2023 (London)
(University of Notre Dame Law School)

Monday, 3 July 2023

HYBRID COURSE, 3-7 July 2023: The International Human Rights Standards and System: Monitoring and Implementation Strategies at the National Level
(Geneva Human Rights Platform)

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

EVENT, 28 June 2023 (10:30AM ET): USCIRF Hearing: Deteriorating Religious Freedom Conditions in Cuba (Miami)
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Friday, 23 June 2023

EVENT, 19-23 June 2023: Sixth Annual Conference | Theme: Religion from the Inside
(European Academy of Religion)

HYBRID EVENT, 23 June 2023 (10AM ET): A Whole of Society Approach: Religious Actors as Driver of Change and Preventing Violent Extremism (New York)
(Religions for Peace, ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Bahá'í International Community, and United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect)

Wednesday, 21 June 2023

EVENT, 21-23 June 2023: Negotiating Boundaries in Buddhism and Buddhist Studies (Scotland)
(University of St Andrews)

Thursday, 15 June 2023

EVENT, 15 June 2023: 2023 Religious Freedom Annual Review: "Religious Communities: Worshipping, Serving, and Learning Together” (Provo, Utah)
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

EVENT, 14-20 June 2023: Conference of European Churches (CEC) General Assembly
(Conference of European Churches)

Monday, 12 June 2023

EVENT, 12 June 2023 (17:00 CET): Syria – Humanitarian and Development Challenges of Faith Based Actors
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

EVENT, 12-14 June 2023: 8th Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day
(US Council of Muslim Ogranizations)

Friday, 9 June 2023

America’s religious leaders sharply divided over abortion, a year after Roe v Wade’s reversal
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Why you might notice more religious groups at Pride celebrations this year
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Catholic Bishop of Derry criticises abortion access lessons plan
(BBC News)

Thursday, 8 June 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 8 June 2023 (10AM ET): USCIRF Conversation: Evaluating Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Florida confirms shipping migrants to Catholic Charities in Sacramento
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

See before-and-after photos of forced mosque alteration in China (video)

China's campaign to 'Sinicize' Islam curbs religious freedom
(William Yang, Deutsche Welle)

More than half of U.S. churches rely on armed members as part of security plan: Survey
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Calif. church, preschool sue over federal aid cutoff under Biden administration gender rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Nature religions are growing in Australia – though witchcraft was illegal in some territories just 10 years ago
(Brendan C. Walsh, The Conversation)

Iraq’s Christians fight to save threatened ancient language
(Al Jazeera)

Iraq: Six Yazidi women rescued from Islamic State captivity
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Religious tolerance in Suriname
(Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname)

Breaking: Judge blocks Florida ban on trans health care
(David Minsky, Law360)

US judge blocks Florida ban on trans minor care in narrow ruling, says ‘gender identity is real’
(Brendan Farrington, Associated Press)

USCIRF releases report on religious freedom violations against indigenous communities in Latin America
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

June 2023 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

Colten Stanberry | An interview with Jim Bennett | IRF Summit RFI Profiles
(YouTube Video, Religious Freedom Institute)

Libya court sentences 23 to death for ISIL campaign
(Al Jazeera)

State law may bar women's spa from refusing to serve transgender women who have not had sex-confirmation surgery
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Miami beach settles synagogue's zoning harassment lawsuit for $1.3m
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

US: Muslim parents protest losing right to opt out of LGBTQ school books
(Zainab Iqbal, Middle East Eye)

Head of Secretariat of World Religious Leaders embarks on diplomatic visit to Patriarchate of Jerusalem
(Orthodox Times)

“Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion & Diplomacy” conference was held at Ecumenical Patriarchate
(Orthodox Times)

The gospel of reconciliation: Why people of faith should unite for civil rights
(Jacqueline Cooke-Rivers, Deseret News)

Indian court rejects bishop’s plea on Mass change
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: Mob dressed as armed far right Sikh group attacks church
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

How India’s Modi has extended Hindu nationalist sway over the country’s media
(Kalpana Jain, Religion News Service)

Ukrainian military chaplains receive training from British Army
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

President of Ukraine met with Special Envoy of Pope Francis
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

A reporter asked: With the rising tide of nones, why aren't Democrats winning everything?
(Ryan Burge, GetReligion)

200-plus North American Muslim authorities join the sexuality culture wars
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Turkey, Physical and sexual violence by police against 100+ Ahmadi asylum-seekers
(Willy Fautré, The European Times)

Exploring Padova’s religious diversity: A journey with a special focus on Scientology
(The European Times)

CEC and COMECE hold prayer for peace and Christian unity at European Parliament
(Conference of European Churches)

International Dialogue Centre’s Secretary General calls for continued commitment to universal peace through interreligious dialogue in audience with Pope Francis
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

How secular is Europe compared to the United States?
(Ryan Burge, Religion Unplugged)

Israel is cementing apartheid by 'enshrine discrimination on the basis of religion, race and nationality', local media warns
(Middle East Monitor)

In Jerusalem’s contested Old City, shrinking Armenian community fears displacement after land deal
(Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

Adoption of anti-Semitism definition curbs free speech: Report
(Al Jazeera)

Vatican, Mongolia to strengthen ties for development
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Bahrain: Al Khalifa regime bans political sermons in mosques
(AhlulBayt News Agency)

Climates of anti-blackness: Religion, race and environmental politics in Bolivia
(Mareike Winchell, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Purple Friday at school is difficult to question without being blamed as intolerant
(Christian Network Europe)

France: Macron calls for preservation of old churches
(Christian Network Europe)

Could the EU embrace Christian education as part of diversity?
(Evert van Vlastuin, Christian Network Europe)

Biden Education Department’s flawed religious liberty ‘guidance’ flouts court precedent
(Sarah Parshall and Amelia Gradick, The Daily Signal)

Is a new Islamic conservatism on the horizon?
(James M. Dorsey, Fair Observer)

Why you might notice more religious groups at Pride celebrations this year
(Jason DeRose, National Public Radio)

Tuesday, 6 June 2023

HYBRID EVENT, 6 June 2023 (16h00 UTC+2): How can the EU-CELAC Summit contribute to a partnership of equals and promote global justice?
(Latin American Episcopal Council, COMECE, Caritas Latin America and the Caribbean, Caritas Europa)

EVENT, 6 June 2023 (8.00 hrs): Ecumenical Prayer for Peace and Christian unity to be held at the European parliament
(Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE))

Monday, 5 June 2023

Oklahoma approves first publicly funded Catholic school in US
(Brad Brooks, Reuters)

Oklahoma school board approves what would be the 1st taxpayer-funded religious school in US
(Sean Murphy, Associated Press)

The impact of Israeli judicial reform on freedom of/from religion
(Moshe Jaffe, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

USCIRF calls for immediate release of Baha’is forcibly disappeared by the Houthis in Yemen
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Understanding India’s Manipur conflict and its geopolitical implications
(Binalakshmi Nepram and Brigitta W. Schuchert, The United States Institute of Peace)

UN slashes food rations for Rohingya in Bangladesh camps
(Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch)

Saudi Arabia executes two Shi’a Bahrainis on terrorism charges
(Leila Saad, Human Rights Watch)

A Utah school district has removed the Bible from some schools' shelves
(Tilda Wilson, NPR)

Abraham Cooper elected as Chair of bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Frederick A. Davie as Vice Chair
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Religious leaders, once mostly spared Haiti’s violence, are now targets
(Widlore Mérancourt and Amanda Coletta, The Washington Post)

Around the web - 5 June 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Rehman Chishti | An interview with David Trimble | IRF Summit RFI Profiles
(YouTube Video, Religious Freedom Institute)

Faith ERG Leaders of the Year, 2023
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

IGE publishes new compendium of religious freedom scholarship in Vietnam
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Court refuses to dismiss suit by civil detainee who was forced to attend a christian religious service
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 5 June 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New anti-transgender laws will hurt Indigenous peoples’ rights and religious expression
(Rosalyn R. LaPier, The Conversation)

Supreme Court’s conservative majority to decide direction of law on race, elections and religious freedom this month
(Ariane de Vogue, CNN)

Cameroon: State and Church share the combat against hate speech
(Emmanuel Patrick Ayuni Tan, La Croix International)

Religions unite against violent extremism in Burkina Faso
(Kamboissoa Samboé, La Croix International)

Two weeks in review, 22 May – 4 June 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

2,500 booked for Bangladesh clashes over 'blasphemy'
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Polish Protestant prosecuted over criticism on Catholicism
(Christian Network Europe)

French mayor wants to abolish Christian holidays
(Christian Network Europe)

How Arab autocrats exported repression of Muslim activism to Europe
(Farid Hafez, Middle East Eye)

Religious persecution takes its toll on Catholic faith in Mexico
(Catholic News Agency)

Ted Cruz spars with pastor over Uganda's Anti-gay law
(Andrew Stanton, Newsweek)

Pope Francis sends Cardinal Zuppi to Ukraine to promote a ‘just peace’
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

In Melitopol, Russians occupied a church to house military equipment
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Transfer of holy icon shows Russian Orthodoxy's new sway under Putin

Four Crimean Tatars sentenced to long prison terms for ties to Islamic group banned in Russia
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Russia: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly Digest May 15-31
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

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