Burma: Chin State government orders removal of cross, elder prosecuted
An ethnic Chin elder is due to appear in court today on trumped-up charges which Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) believes are connected with his involvement in the planting of a cross on a hill in Hakha town, Chin State, in April last year. The Chin State government has ordered the 54 foot-high cross, which it argues has been erected illegally to be removed on 30 January. 28/01/2015
Mexico: Displaced protestants refused re-entry to village amid ongoing religious freedom violations in Chiapas
A group of 47 displaced Protestants from Chiapas State, Mexico, were refused re-entry to their village despite state government promises that village leaders had agreed to uphold religious freedom. 27/01/2015
Nepal faces uncertain future as Constituent Assembly misses constitution deadline
Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) was unable to agree a draft of the new Constitution by the 22 January deadline, raising fears among religious minorities that the constitutional negotiations, which also include provisions for guaranteeing secularism and religious freedom, may collapse altogether. 27/01/2015
Cuba report: Religious freedom violations continued to increase in 2014
Violations of religious freedom in Cuba continued to rise in 2014, according to a new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) detailing 220 separate violations over the course of the year. Religious leaders and groups from all denominations on the island reported problems ranging from harassment and fines to confiscation and destruction of church property. 26/01/2015
Burma's religious conversion bill is "major setback for religious freedom and human rights"
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed profound concern that a new law restricting religious conversions, passed earlier this week by the upper house of Burma’s parliament, would be a major setback for religious freedom and human rights in the country.
India: CSW calls on President Obama to address the situation for religious minorities in meeting with Prime Minister Modi
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) calls on President Obama to raise the concerns of India’s religious minorities in his bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Modi during his visit to India from 25-27 January. 23/01/2015