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Wednesday, January 30
Law and religion round-up – 20th January (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Tuesday, January 29
The Council of Europe and sharia: an unsatisfactory Resolution (Russell Sandberg, Guest Post, Law & Religion UK)
Sharia, the Cairo Declaration and the European Convention on Human Rights (Resolution 2253 (2019) Provisional version,Partiamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
PACE stresses the need to protect human rights, regardless of religious practices (The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
Jehovah’s Witness to spend two months in jail without trial (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Cresco Investigation GmbH v Markus Achatzi (the “Good Friday” case) (Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber), Court of Justice of the European Union)
Monday, January 28
Pessimistic view of case of Danish Jehovah’s Witness (Maksim Kliagin, Orlevskie Novosti)
BBC announces Year of Beliefs examining religion and ethics in modern Britain (Craig Simpson, Press Association, The Independent)
More answers to readers’ queries and comments – January (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
BBC features case of Danish Jehovah’s Witness (Viktor Nekhezin, Russia Religion News)
Conclusion of trial of Danish Jehovah’s Witness put off again (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Huge international expression of support for Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Moscow church leader acknowledges religious persecution in Russia (Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News)
American diplomat courts Ukrainian churches (RISU, Russia Religion News)
Armenian parliamentary member singled out in Turkey (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Sunday, January 27
Law and religion round-up – 27th January (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Friday, January 25
Why the New York Knicks keep dunking on Erdogan (Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy)
Permanence of Christian burial revisited – III (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Crimea: Four years’ jail for mosque meetings (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)
Thursday, January 24
Turkey builds first new church on Christian graveyard (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Landmark church project stirs mixed sentiments in Turkey (Sibel Hurtas, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
Turkey rejects attempt to investigate dink murder (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Church statements on Bishop George Bell (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Closing arguments in trial of Danish Jehovah’s Witness (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Italian bishops’ immigration push could lead to new political party (Claire Giangravè, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)
Wednesday, January 23
Austrian holiday unfairly favors Protestants, EU Court rules (William Dotinga, Courthouse News Service)
Court takes Jehovah’s Witnesses’ property in Kostroma oblast (Website of Prosecutor’s Office of Kostroma oblast, Russia Religion News)
Tuesday, January 22
Why do Muslim women wear a hijab? (Caitlin Killian, The Conversation)
Monday, January 21
Ukrainian president calls out Moscow churches (RISU, Russia Religion News)
Almost two-year-long trial of Jehovah’s Witness nears end (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Saturday, January 19
Privatization of Turkish military factory draws strong criticism (Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
Friday, January 18
Turkish MP demands investigation into insulting Turkishness (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Russian lawmakers threaten restrictive law (Gennady Okorokov, Vecherniaia Moskva)
Thursday, January 17
EU court finds Turkey violated religious freedom (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Pope Francis: ‘God loves you, even if you forget Him’ (Courtney Grogan, Catholic News Agency)
Iraqi Christian village withstands Turkish airstrikes (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Homeschooling and Article 8 ECHR: Wunderlich (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
The immense challenge of preserving Auschwitz (Martin Doerry, Spiegel online)
Wednesday, January 16
Rescuing religious freedom (Elizabeth Oldfield, Theos)
IICSA 7th preliminary hearing on Anglican investigation (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
No entry: Ukrainian crowd blocks priests from church (video) (Ray Furlong, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)
Ukrainian parliament to view new bill on changing churches (Religiia v Ukraine, Russia Religion News)
Italy’s Super Cup fracas illustrates vexed bond between religion and sports (Claire Giangravè, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)
Tuesday, January 15
Is Europe still Christian? (Isabelle de Gaulmyn and Jean-Christophe Ploquin, La Croix International)
Turks unite to condemn Trump’s threat to ‘devastate’ economy (Jasper Mortimer, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops to discuss abuse crisis (Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)
Pope tells Life academy to defend human dignity with courage (Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)
Assisted dying and Article 2 ECHR: Mortier (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Monday, January 14
Law and religion round-up – 13th January (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Royal College of Physicians to poll on assisted dying (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
“Wrongful births” again: ARB v IVF Hammersmith (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Ukrainian parliament seeks to help new church (Nezavisimaia Gazeta, Russia Religion News)
Children must see the faith lived at home, pope tells parents (Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)
What pro-life Ireland can learn from pro-life America (Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency)
Assad promises to rebuild Armenian church (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Turkey to build first-ever church in its modern republic (Amanda Casanova, Christian Headlines)
Saturday, January 12
Pope’s Romania trip confirmed for early summer (Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)
New structure for Vatican Press Office announced (Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)
Turkish court rules against compulsory religion class (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Thursday, January 10
Damages for wrongful life refused (Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)
Turkey prepares for historic church construction (Claire Evans, International Christian Concern)
Wednesday, January 9
Jihadists behind bars pose new threats for Europe (Valentina Pop, The Wall Street Journal)
Crimea: “Anti-missionary” prosecutions double in 2018 (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)
Misuse of psychiatry in assessing religious behavior (Religiia i Pravo, Russia Religion News)
NYT editorializes on ritual slaughter restrictions (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Tuesday, January 8
Pope Francis: Serve the sick with generosity (Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)
Putin goes to church on Christmas Eve (Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News)
Europe continues to shrink religious liberty (Wesley J. Smith, National Review)
With migrants stranded at sea, Pope Francis urges welcome (Claire Giangravè, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)
Monday, January 7
Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence (Ayse Wieting and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Deseret News)
Christians celebrate Epiphany across Europe (Veselin Toshkov, Deseret News)
Celebrations planned, tension lingers a month after marriage equality resolution takes effect (Mary Frances Schjonberg and David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)
Turkey: “Election of new board members for the non-Muslim community foundations critical for their livelihood” (Mine Yıldırım interviews lawyer Sebu Aslangil, Freedom of Belief Initiative)
Does religion encourage or help to prevent the use of violence? (Sylvia Rothschild, The Jewish Chronicle)
Unkosher ban (The Jerusalem Post)
Christians celebrate Epiphany across Europe (Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press)
Cardinal on trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse trial (Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press)
Sunday, January 6
Law and religion round-up – 6th January (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Saturday, January 5
Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence (Ayse Wieting and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press)
Boxing Day quiz – 2018: The answers (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Love and tolerance: A Syrian fairy tale in Germany (Imane Mellouk, Deutsche Welle)
British parliament criticizes India for failing to protect religious minorities (Olivia Miller, Persecution: International Christian Concern)
Photos of the week (Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)
Friday, January 4
Red Letter Christians gear up for UK launch (Rosie Dawson, Religion News Service)
Ecclesiastical court judgments – 2018 (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Ukrainian politicians still resisting changes in churches (Olga Tsvilii, Russia Religion News)
Argument: 30 years after the Rushdie fatwa, Europe is moving backward (Jacob Mchangama and Sarah McLaughlin, Foreign Policy)
Thursday, January 3
Lawsuit over Washington violence looms over US-Turkey relations (Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
Legal chaos follows developments of Ukrainian church situation (Council of Orthodox Journalists, Russia Religion News)
Law & Religion 2018 and 2019: retrospect and prospect (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Wednesday, January 2
Jehovah’s Witnesses have filed more than 40 complaints in European court (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Turkey’s gift of a mosque sparks fears of ‘neo-Ottomanism’ in Kosovo (Maxim Edwards and Michael Colborne, The Guardian)
Tuesday, January 1
Belgium region’s kosher slaughter ban goes into effect (Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)
Amendment of law may affect Jehovah’s Witnesses (Oleg Krasnov, Liudmila Maratova, Kavkazskii Uzel)
As Ukraine and Russia battle over Orthodoxy, schism looms (Andrew Higgins, The New York Times)
Split of Ukrainian Orthodox church from Moscow looms (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Monday, December 31
Ecclesiastical court judgments – December (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Pentecostals win in trial of their literature (IANews, Russia Religion News)
Pentecostal believer found guilty of violating anti-evangelism law (Prosecutor’s Office of Cheliabinsk Oblast, Russia Religion News)
More than One Month Ago
More answers to readers’ queries and comments – end 2018 (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Erdogan’s anti-Semitism will sink Turkey’s economy (Aykan Erdemir and John Lechner, Foreign Policy)
Germany pays compensation to WWII child refugees (Corey Barnett, World Religion News)
Can Russian succeed with Palestinians where Egypt has failed? (Marianna Belenkaya, Al-Monitor: Russia/Mideast Pulse)
End indefinite detention and asylum cruelty (Ruth Lister and Suzanne Fletcher, The Guardian)
Opinion: A mosque tax is fair, correct and necessary (Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)
Bomb at Greek church injures 2 after no warning given (Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press)
Boxing Day Quiz – 2018 (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Win for Erdogan, betrayal for the Kurds (Cengiz Candar, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
Turkish teachers association takes aim at Christians (Claire Evans, Persecution: International Christian Concern)
Meet the Jesuit who survived the KGB (Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)
Azerbaijan: Six years already, nearly six months more (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)
Pentecostal minister convicted on charge of psychological harm (Religiia i Pravo, Russia Religion News)
One Jehovah’s Witness’ criminal case drags on for a year and a half (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Religion News Service)
Russian president comments on Ukrainian church situation (Credo Press, Russia Religion News)
Tales of Christmas past and present (Letters, The Guardian)
Law and religion round-up – 23rd December (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Boris Johnson cleared over burqa comments (Press Association, The Guardian)
Denmark, with an eye on Muslims, requires new citizens to shake hands (Martin Selsoe Sorensen, The New York Times)
European Court rules against Greece over Shariah law (Nektaria Stamouli, The Wall Street Journal)
Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case (Elena Becatoros, Religion News Service)
Sharia law applied to an inheritance dispute contrary to the will of the testator, a Greek belonging to the Muslim minority: violation of the Convention (Press Release of the Registrar – Grand Chamber Judgment Molla Sali v. Greece, European Court of Human Rights)
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ property case before European court (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))
Russia presents to European Court comments on appeal of “Glazov and others v. RF” ((Jehovah’s WItnesses in Russia),Russia Religion News (Stetson University))
USAID to partner with Hungary to help Middle East Christians (Christopher White, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)
5 facts about Catholics in Europe (Kelsey Jo Starr, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)
Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church (Yuras Karmanau and Efrem Lukatsky, Associated Press)
Poll finds no gender gap in abortion views (Michael J. New, National Review)
In the U.S. and Europe, women are about as likely as men to favor legal abortion (Ariana Monique Salazar and Kelsey Jo Starr,Pew Research Center Factank)
Armenian Apostolic Church appoints first-ever representative in Rome (Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)
‘I’ll ask God to intervene’: the Christian volunteers doing police work in Reading – video (10:58 As government cuts affect police numbers, Reading is feeling the pinch. With one officer claiming there are ‘very serious jobs, for instance stabbings, that we cannot get to’, Thames Valley police have turned to a group of Christian volunteers to he, The Guardian)
Seven Bishops and a PCC: St George’s, Headstone (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
IICSA: Report and extended seminar on mandatory reporting (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Latest Law Pod UK: the 5 most significant inquest cases of 2018 (Emma-Louise Fenelon, UK Human Rights Blog)
Russian president questions persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Religion will be on Ukraine’s ballot (Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg)
Poroshenko offers freedom of church choice (Credo Press, Russia Religion News)
Group of Initsiativniki Baptists held accountable on Yarovaya Law (Evropeisko-Aziatskie Novosti, Russia Religion News)
The future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Ukraine’s autocephaly: In the vortex of global change (Responding to: The future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine) (Jerry Pankhurst, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Divided by common faith: From the battlefield to the altar (Responding to: The future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine)(Catherine Wanner, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Whose conflict? Whose unification? (Responding to: The future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine) (Kristina Stoeckl, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Law and religion round-up – 16th December (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Europe has a problem with religion (Marian Brehmer, Qantara)
Ukrainian autocephaly: Subverting the Russkiy Mir (Responding to: The future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine)(Myroslaw Tataryn, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church (Yuras Karmanau and Efrem Lukatsky, Associated Press)
Are English marriage laws compliant with the EHCR? (David Burrows, Guest Contributor, UK Human Rights Blog)
Photos of the week (Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)
Kremlin responds cagily to Ukrainian church developments (Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News)
EU Bishops: religious freedom is a human right (Linda Bordoni, Vatican News)
A new vision for 2019 (Editorial – Fr. Olivier Poquillon OP, COMECE General Secretary, EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Articles on Fundamental Rights (EU) (EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Articles on Social Affairs (EU) (EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Articles on Migration and Asylum (EU) (EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Articles on Development Policy (EU) (EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Articles on Intercultural Dialogue (EU (EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
EU: Universality of Rights and hierarchy of standards (Emmanuel Decaux, EuropeInfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)
Belarus: Fined for singing, offering religious literature (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)
Belarus: Order not to register new religious communities? (Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)
Expanding the moral circle to nonhuman animals (Joe Wills, UK Human Rights Blog)
Fears of Russia in Ukraine (Tatiana Ivzhenko, Nezavisimaia Gazeta)
Independent Case Review – Oxford Diocese (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Religious content in civil wedding ceremonies (Rebecca Probert, Guest Post, Law & Religion UK)
CofE services to mark gender transition (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
More military expulsions appear imminent in Turkey (Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
The Tradition Project, Part III: The Value of Tradition in the Global Context – Program (Villanova University, St. John’s University, LUMSA University, LUMSA University School of Law – Rome)
Strasbourg shooting: At least four dead, several seriously injured in attack at Christmas market (Henry Samuel, David Chazan, and Victoria Ward, The Telegraph)
Ukrainian security against Moscow church (Religiia v Ukraine, Russia Religion News)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Celebrated in Brussels (European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID))
Country diary: a simple but fascinating church (Jim Perrin, Religion News Service)
Russian media attacks against non-Orthodox religions (SOVA Center for News and Analysis, Russia Religion News)
Two Jehovah’s Witnesses are international fugitives from Russian justice (Zheleznodorozhny district court of Orel, Russia Religion News)
Jehovah’s Witness ruled to have committed crime on internet (Malenkaia Syzran, Russia Religion News)
Photo ID cards being issued to Catholic priests (Elisa Meyer, World Religion News)
Law and religion round-up – 9th December (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Banns of marriage – their development and future (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Orthodox scriptures taken from Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Searches lead to criminal charges of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Russia Religion News)
Ukrainian government tries to salvage independence of church (Religiia v Ukraine, Russia Religion News)
German prosecutors launch crackdown on Church sex abuse (Zita Ballinger Fletcher, Catholic News Service)
ECtHR or CEDAW: Spoilt for Choice in Moldova? (Irina Crivet, Strasbourg Observers)
Separating medical practice and religion: Brayshaw (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
Complementarity (in)action in the UK? (Thomas Obel Hansen, EJIL: Talk!)
Church of England struggles to find its voice on Brexit (Rosie Dawson, Religion News Service)
Ukrainian law enforcement aims at Moscow church (Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News)
In Europe, faith’s stronger in post-Soviet East than secular West (Claire Giangravè, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)
Exploring the Roots of Dignitatis Humanae: Spanish Protestants and American Catholics (Rafael Escobedo, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Churches debate human rights within European Union (Conference of European Churches)
Iranians question French democracy as protests rage (Al-Monitor Staff, Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)
CofE National Safeguarding Team (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Attorney General publishes legal advice on Brexit (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)
How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out (Jonathan Evans and Chris Baronavski, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)
Views of national identity differ less by age in Central, Eastern Europe than in Western Europe (Jeff Diamant and Scott Gardner, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)
Criminal case against Jehovah’s Witness in Russian Far East (Website of Investigation Directorate of S.K.R.F. for Kamchatka territory, Russia Religion News)
Central European U forced out of Hungary (Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed)
CEU confirms Vienna move (Claudia Patricolo, Emerging Europe)
Shell’s climate change targets (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)
Law and religion round-up – 2nd December (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)