religious freedom

India slammed in new US report on religious freedom

India was spotlighted for explicitly targeting religious minorities in the US State Department’s newly released 2022 Religious Freedom Report, joining a list of countries that includes Russia, China and Iran for its treatment of religious minorities. The report details a range of concerns about religious freedom in India. Among them is the continued[…]

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‘Detached from realities’: Pakistan blasts US for selectively targeting states in ‘religious freedom’ blacklist

Pakistan’s inclusion on the US blacklist of “countries of particular concern” for religious freedom violations has provoked ire in Islamabad, where it was condemned as arbitrary, detached from reality, biased and unfair. The State Department’s designation of Pakistan was “unilateral and arbitrary,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement on Tuesday. “This[…]

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‘We have one culture, a military culture’: SANDF

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is governed by a strict dress code which regulates and dictates how the military uniform should be worn. In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, the SANDF said its regulatory framework states that no clothing should be worn with official uniform, so all[…]

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The Irony of Uniforms in SA Schools

By Yaseen Kippie South Africa celebrated as a vanguard of multiculturalism- has seen a rise in cases of schools being accused of intolerance towards religious expression. Whilst the outrage over black hair at a girls’ high school in Pretoria in 2016 thrust the issue of school racism and cultural expression[…]

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Why advocate for Palestinian rights?

OPINION by Marthie Momberg Why do civilians campaign publicly on the relentless matter of Israeli oppression of all Palestinians? Is it not a waste of time, an “irresolvable deadlock”, and a “disastrously confused situation”? Why willingly expose oneself to violence in its many forms? Why be involved in this struggle[…]

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