human rights

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines President Doubles Down on Drug War Despite Religious Strife

July 23, 2018

In his third annual state of the Union address, 73-year-old Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declined to discuss his ongoing battles with the powerful Catholic Church, instead focusing on his contentious drug war that has taken over 4,500 lives during his reign.

Duterte has been at odds with the powerful Catholic Church presence in the Philippines for years,...

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Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions

In Rare Bipartisan Outcry Against Migrant Family Separation, White Evangelicals Avoid Implicating Trump

June 24, 2018

Two months after the White House announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy for “illegal border crossings” on the Southwest Border, the Trump administration faced perhaps its most vociferous and bipartisan pushback yet. While the policy’s wording was vague, reports have indicated that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been charged with criminally detaining every person that arrives at the border—including asylum seekers, who have...

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Belgian Court Rules Catholic Nursing Home Cannot Refuse Patients' Euthanization

Belgian Court Rules Catholic Nursing Home Cannot Refuse Patients' Euthanization

July 8, 2016

A Catholic nursing home in Belgium faces a 6,000 euro fine for refusing to allow doctors to euthanize a woman on their property.

Mariette Buntjens was a 74-year-old woman living in the Sint-Augustinus Catholic care home in northern Belgium. Buntjens, who was suffering from terminal lung cancer, had arranged an end-of-life plan with her doctor. However, when Buntjens wished to receive the lethal injection, the nursing home denied the doctor access to the property.

Buntjens’s relatives transported her to her home, where the injection was administered by her doctor “in peaceful...

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Islam in China

Islam in China

July 8, 2015

A new survey by Beijing's Renmin University finds that Islam is the most popular religion among Chinese youth, at roughly 22% of the under-30 population. Conor Gaffey of Newsweek cites Wei Dedong, a professor of Buddhist studies at Renmin University, who claims that the number reflects higher fertility rates among Muslim ethnic minority populations.

The findings come at a time of heightened tensions...

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