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· March, 2015

Stories about Religion from March, 2015

31 March 2015

Another Blogger Hacked to Death: Is Free Thinking Becoming Fatal in Bangladesh?

Advox

A young man named Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in Bangladesh by religious fanatics in the second such incident in a month's time.

Tajikistan's Mosques Are Acting as Government Mouthpieces

"We left the mosque before [prayers] finished. We decided not to go there again because our mosques have turned into places of fraud."

30 March 2015

China: Uyghur Couple Convicted of Violating “Abnormal Appearances” Rule for Wearing Beard, Burqa

Advox

The 38-year-old husband, member of China's Muslim minority Uyghur community, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Online reporting about the case has since been censored.

20 March 2015

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death and Burned for Allegedly Setting a Quran on Fire

"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."

Turkmenistan's Islam: Between Religion and State

Will the Turkmen government's attempts to nationalise Islam and shut its citizens off from the wider world backfire?

15 March 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Can We Laugh About Anything?

"Freedom of speech must be complete. However, freedom of conscience and worship must be protected too."

14 March 2015

Bahrain's Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for ISIS Tweets

Advox

As life grows increasingly intolerable for the country's Shia majority, one of the few people prepared to defend their rights faces jail.

8 March 2015

International Women's Day: One Date, Billions of Contexts

Although International Women's Day was first spearheaded by socialist groups, and focused on working women, the day has now taken on distinctive forms in different locations all over the world.

Jamaica's Marijuana Decriminalisation: Will the Rest of the Caribbean Follow Suit?

Jamaica has finally 'freed up the herb', prompting Caribbean netizens to debate which other states in the region might soon 'pass the dutchie'.

5 March 2015

Buddhist Villagers Protest Construction of Mosque in Northern Thailand

Thailand is a Buddhist-majority country while Muslims constitute about 5 percent of the population. Some Thais are unhappy with the intolerance demonstrated by the protesters.

4 March 2015

Indian State Maharashtra’s #BeefBan Means Eating a Burger Can Send You to Prison

"Congratulations Maharashtra: it is now safer to be a cow than a woman, Dalit or Muslim in the state."

2 March 2015

With Their Government Silent on Rising Shia Killings, These Pakistanis are Speaking Up

Since the beginning of 2015, more than 80 people have been killed in four attacks on Shia mosques in three different cities of Pakistan.

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