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Russia: Religious Orthodox Classes Will Be Taught in Public School Buildings

(Nov. 26, 2014) On November 24, 2014, the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant reported that according to Moscow City Council Member and Chair of the Moscow City Board of Education Nina Minko, the Russian Orthodox Church has been granted the right to use public school buildings when classes are out, without paying rent. (Aleksandr Chernykh & […]

India: High Court of Himachal Pradesh Bans All Religious Forms of Animal Sacrifice in the State

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 1, 2014, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh issued an order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes and in places of religious worship. The ban was issued in response to a number of petitions made by animal rights activists about the practice of animal sacrifice in temples or at religious […]

Denmark: Kosher Slaughter Method Effectively Banned

(June 2, 2014) On February 17, 2014, new animal protection measures entered into force effectively banning kosher slaughter practices in Denmark. Unsedated slaughter has been illegal in Denmark for years, but there has been an exemption for religious slaughter, i.e. kosher and halal practices. That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]

Sudan: Court Sentences Woman to Death for Converting to Christianity

(May 21, 2014) On May 15, 2014, a first instance court in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum ruled against a Christian woman and imposed a punishment of 100 lashes and the death penalty after finding her guilty of adultery and apostasy. Islamic law considers the marriage of a Muslim woman to a Christian man to […]

Burma: Law Purporting to Protect Race and Religion Proposed

(Mar. 17, 2014) In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of race and religion. He had forwarded versions of several laws, created by lawyers working with Buddhist […]

France: 2010 Law Banning Full Islamic Veil Challenged in Court

(Jan. 6, 2014) In October 2010, France enacted a law banning the concealment of one’s face in public (Loi n° 2010-1192 du 11 octobre 2010 interdisant la dissimulation du visage dans l’espace public [Law No. 2010-1192 of October 11, 2010, Banning Concealment of the Face in Public Places], LEGIFRANCE; see also Nicole Atwill, France: Law […]

France: Highlights of Parliamentary Report on Wearing of Burqa in France

(Feb. 17, 2010) On January 26, 2010, the President of the National Assembly published on the Assembly website the report prepared by the Parliamentary Commission to Study the Wearing of the Full Veil in France. (Assemblée Nationale, Rapport d’information au nom de la mission d’information sur la pratique du port du voile intégral sur le […]