Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Church and state relations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Burma: Law Purporting to Protect Race and Religion Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403896_text Church and state relations; Freedom of religion; Religious minorities - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403896_text Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia: Court Decision on Use of Word "Allah" by Non-Muslims http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403735_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403735_text Global Legal Monitor: Kazakhstan: New Sentences for Exercise of Religious Beliefs http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403706_text Judiciary; Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403706_text Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia: Kedah State Considering Anti-Shia Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403680_text Discrimination; Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403680_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Atheist Sentenced in West Sumatra http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403198_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403198_text Global Legal Monitor: Kuwait: Blasphemy Against Islam http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403199_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403199_text Global Legal Monitor: Norway: Change in Church/State Relations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403181_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403181_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Scholar States Churches Must Be Destroyed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403039_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403039_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Atheist to Be Charged with Blasphemy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402981_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402981_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Private Nursery School Internal Code of Conduct May Ban Display of Religious Attire http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402868_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402868_text Global Legal Monitor: Kazakhstan: New Law on Religion Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402850_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402850_text Global Legal Monitor: Tajikistan: Parents of Students Studying Abroad Prosecuted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402639_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402639_text Global Legal Monitor: European Court of Human Rights; Italy: Crucifixes Allowed in Schools http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402613_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402613_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Fatwa Killing Sparks High Court Inquiry, Directives http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402522_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402522_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Legal Issues Concerning Islam Discussed at Jurists' Convention http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402316_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402316_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy; United Nations: Plan to Introduce Resolution on Religious Minorities http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402235_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402235_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Royal Decree Limits Authority to Issue Fatwas http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402192_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402192_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Religious Edicts Declared Illegal http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402113_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402113_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Controversial Conversion Bill http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402115_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402115_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Constitutional Court Upholds Blasphemy Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401941_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401941_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Administrative Court Prohibits Christians from Visiting Churches in Jerusalem http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401876_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401876_text Global Legal Monitor: Ireland: New Prohibition on Blasphemy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401765_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401765_text Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia: Court Rules Catholic Magazine Can Use the Word "Allah" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401762_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia),... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401762_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Veil Not a Legal Obligation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401621_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401621_text Global Legal Monitor: Belgium: Ban on Islamic Headscarves in Flanders http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401601_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 06 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401601_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Federal Court Rules State Prison Must Provide Access to Televised Prayer Services http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401556_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401556_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Contribution by Muslims to Build a Church Allowed in Islam http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401524_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401524_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Constitutional Protections for Free Exercise of Religion Preclude Age Discrimination Claim http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401498_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401498_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Legislative Agenda Subject to Church Influence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401451_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401451_text Global Legal Monitor: Azerbaijan: New Law on Religious Organizations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401364_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401364_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Landmark Decision Ordering the State to Fund Reform Conversions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401295_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 21 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401295_text Global Legal Monitor: Tajikistan: New Law on Religious Organizations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401184_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401184_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: Headscarf Decision Published http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540746_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540746_text Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia: Woman May Return to Buddhism http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540588_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540588_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Native American Ordered To Stand Trial For Shooting Bald Eagle http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540462_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540462_text Global Legal Monitor: Canada: Ontario Judge Rules Sikh Not Exempt from Helmet Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540315_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540315_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: State Funding of Faith-Based Prison Program Held Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540106_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted On December 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that government funding of an evangelical Christian prison treatment program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540106_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Civil Verdict Against Religious Protestors at Funeral Upheld http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540252_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted On December 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that government funding of an evangelical Christian prison treatment program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On February 4, 2008 the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld a civil verdict in a lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased soldier against protestors at the soldier's funeral.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540252_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Christian Shops Burned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054040_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted On December 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that government funding of an evangelical Christian prison treatment program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On February 4, 2008 the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld a civil verdict in a lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased soldier against protestors at the soldier's funeral. On December 16, 2007, tension between Christians and Muslims in the southern city of Isna in Egypt led to the burning of Christian-owned shops and the damaging of a church. The incident is believed to have... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jan 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054040_text Global Legal Monitor: Nepal: Petition for Muslim Public Holidays http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540103_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted On December 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that government funding of an evangelical Christian prison treatment program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On February 4, 2008 the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld a civil verdict in a lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased soldier against protestors at the soldier's funeral. On December 16, 2007, tension between Christians and Muslims in the southern city of Isna in Egypt led to the burning of Christian-owned shops and the damaging of a church. The incident is believed to have It was reported on November 20, 2007, that the Supreme Court of Nepal, in response to a writ petition seeking that major Muslim festivals be declared public holidays and that a Muslim Promotion Commission be formed,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540103_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Injunction Issued to Permit Religious Protests at Funerals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540105_text Church and state relations - In response to a petition signed by 1.3 million people, on March 7, 2014, Burmese President Thein Sein called for a new commission to work with the high court to write a law on protection of It was reported on October 22, 2013, that the Court of Appeals in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups to refer to God. The Court Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, andamp; World Affairs website (last On August 25, 2013, during a speech at the opening of Malaysia's Kedah State Assembly, the Sultan of Kedah endorsed a draft legislation to ban versions of Islam other than Sunnism. In effect, this is a On June 14, 2012, Alexander Aan, a civil servant charged with blasphemy, was given a sentence of two and a half years in prison plus a fine of Rp100 million (about US$10,600) by the Negeri Muaro On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant living in Pulau Punjung, in West Sumatra Province, posted the statement "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page in January 2012. That page is no longer available online. The public On October 27, 2011, the Court of Appeal of Versailles found that it is lawful for a private nursery school to prohibit the display of religious symbols at work under its internal code of conduct. This On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of It has been reported recently that Tajik police authorities have initiated criminal cases against individuals whose minor children are studying in religious, Islamic schools in foreign Muslim countries. (First Criminal Cases Against the Parents Whose The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Strasbourg, handed down a decision on March 18, 2011, on the controversy over the presence of crucifixes in schools. As the headline of the Italian newspaper IL GIORNALE A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court The 68th German Convention of Jurists was held in Berlin on September 21 24 (Deutscher Juristentag (Sept. 24, 2010), http://www.djt.de/). One of the topics of the Convention was "Church-State Relations in an Era On September 13, 2010, Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, announced that the country plans to present a resolution at the next United Nations General Assembly. The resolution will cover the protection of religious minority groups. In August 2010, King Abdu Al Aziz bin Saud issued a Royal Decree limiting the authority to issue fatwas (religious opinions concerning Islamic law) to Muslim scholars who are members of the Grant Scholars Association. The On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three A bill to regulate conversions to Judaism, proposed by Knesset (Israel's Parliament) Member David Rotem, recently passed a first reading in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. According to the Knesset rules of procedure, once On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request On February 2, 2010, the Administrative Judicial Court of Egypt, the country's adjudicative body for administrative disputes related to government contracts, tenders, and administrative questions, issued a decision supporting a ministerial resolution issued by the Minister On January 1, 2010, new provisions contained in the Defamation Act, 2009 of the Republic of Ireland, on prohibiting the making of blasphemous statements, came into effect. The relevant section of the new law states that On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. (Catholic Magazine Herald Can Use Word "Allah," BERNAMA (Malaysia), Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of the schools affiliated with the university to remove her niqab Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure A federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), requires the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide prison inmates held in segregated units of prisons access Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church and that it is not correct to depict the building The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has held that a teacher at a Catholic school cannot sue her former school for age discrimination, because the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions protect the school's free exercise of religion. On July 8, 2009, following a meeting between the leadership of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the national legislature) and Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russia, A new Law on Religious Organizations and related amendments to Azerbaijan's Criminal Code and Code of Administrative Violations entered into force on May 31, 2009, after the President of the Republic signed the Law passed by On May 19, 2009, the Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, held that although the State is under no obligation to provide financial support to private organizations that deal with religious conversion, if On March 26, 2009, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, signed into law a recently adopted bill on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Preserving the status of Tajikistan as a secular state, the new law On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may return to being Buddhist. The court ruled that Siti Fatimah On May 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming can be criminally charged for In a decision released on March 6, 2008, that has not yet been formally reported, W. James Blacklock of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, ruled that a Sikh motorcyclist could not be exempted On December 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that government funding of an evangelical Christian prison treatment program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On February 4, 2008 the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld a civil verdict in a lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased soldier against protestors at the soldier's funeral. On December 16, 2007, tension between Christians and Muslims in the southern city of Isna in Egypt led to the burning of Christian-owned shops and the damaging of a church. The incident is believed to have It was reported on November 20, 2007, that the Supreme Court of Nepal, in response to a writ petition seeking that major Muslim festivals be declared public holidays and that a Muslim Promotion Commission be formed, On December 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a Missouri statute barring protests at funerals should be preliminarily enjoined pending review of its constitutionality. Members of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540105_text