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9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan
January 07, 2020

9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The nine men are all conscientious objectors, imprisoned for refusing compulsory military service.

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia
December 27, 2019

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were once again designated as  “Countries of Particular Concern” for violations of religious freedom.
Trump’s Devastating Silence on China’s Human Rights Abuses 
October 16, 2019

Trump’s Devastating Silence on China’s Human Rights Abuses 

By Naz El-Khatib and Ashley Wood
Trump’s obsession with “strength” at the expense of human rights has been a defining feature of his views on China.

Confronting China’s Suppression of Religion
August 29, 2019

Confronting China’s Suppression of Religion

By Farahnaz Ispahani
Instead of the Communist party's intolerance, democratic Taiwan offers a positive example.

What’s Up With Religious Freedom Worldwide?
August 01, 2019

What’s Up With Religious Freedom Worldwide?

By Vishal Arora
An overview from Nadine Maenza, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
September 06, 2018

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
The arrests cast a pall on Uzbekistan's reform efforts and illustrate the boundaries of Tashkent's tolerance for debate.

The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan
July 14, 2017

The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan

By Casey Michel
Far from a multiconfessional bastion, some Christian and other denominations are discriminated against in Kazakhstan.
How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom
February 20, 2016

How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom

By Catherine Putz
In a recent discussion, Noah Tucker argues that religious freedom--as a policy--is simply the best counter to ISIS messaging efforts.

Terrorism as Pretext: Religious Repression in Central Asia
October 15, 2015

Terrorism as Pretext: Religious Repression in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Mostly more of the same in the annual religious freedom report, but a small hopeful note.

India's BJP Leaders Should Publicly Eat Meat
June 04, 2015

India's BJP Leaders Should Publicly Eat Meat

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
It's time for Indian leaders to pave a path forward and delegitimize the taboos surrounding meat consuption in the country.

5 Countries Where Freedom of Religion is Threatened
May 01, 2015

5 Countries Where Freedom of Religion is Threatened

By Catherine Putz
Every Central Asian state has serious issues with freedom of religion, US advisory body says.
Modi's Speech on Religious Freedom: Too Little, Too Late?
February 20, 2015

Modi's Speech on Religious Freedom: Too Little, Too Late?

By Ankit Panda
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech is a step in the right direction.

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