Religion

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr 11, 2019

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

China city offers cash for information in religion crackdown

Mar 29, 2019

A southern Chinese city is offering cash rewards for information about "illegal religious groups" as the ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip over faith communities

HRW urges New Zealand's Ardern to discuss Muslims in China

Mar 29, 2019

A rights group is urging New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to raise concerns about reported Chinese government abuses of Muslims during her visit to Beijing

China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government

Mar 27, 2019

Chinese officials responsible for Tibet are praising development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule

China says 13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014

Mar 18, 2019

China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region

China accuses US of prejudice over human rights issues

Mar 14, 2019

China has responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying the situation of rights in the country has "never been better"

US envoy calls China's Muslim camps 'horrific,' wants probe

Mar 12, 2019

A U.S. envoy on religion has described China's internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a "horrific situation," and called for an investigation

China says Muslim 'training' centers will slowly disappear

Mar 12, 2019

China says heavily guarded internment camps for Muslims which it calls vocational training centers will gradually disappear if there comes a time that "society does not need" them

3 Philippine priests say they, Catholic bishops under threat

Mar 11, 2019

Three Philippine Catholic priests say they and some church leaders who are critical of the president's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs have received death threats