Religious Issues

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr 17, 2019

Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points

Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

Apr 6, 2019

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition

Malaysia urged to investigate police links to disappearances

Apr 4, 2019

Malaysia's human rights commission has urged the government to reinvestigate the disappearances of a Christian pastor and a Muslim activist after an inquiry concluded they were abducted by the police special branch for alleged proselytizing of Muslims

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

Amnesty slams Brunei's new 'vicious' Islamic criminal laws

Mar 27, 2019

Amnesty International has slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group calls "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft

34 Rohingya women, children found stranded on Malaysia beach

Mar 2, 2019

Malaysian authorities say 34 Muslim Rohingya women and children were found stranded along a beach in the country's northernmost state, and are believed to have been dropped off by human traffickers

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

Jan 24, 2019

A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia has been freed after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy

Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

Jan 18, 2019

Indonesia's president says the ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison

Indonesian Muslims protest China's detention of Uighurs

Dec 21, 2018

Several hundred protesters chanted "God is Great" and "Get out, communist!" outside China's embassy in the Indonesian capital, demanding an end to mass detentions of Uighur Muslims

Indonesia blasphemy woman endures cramped cell, bad food

Sep 27, 2018

A rights group says the Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given "terrible" food

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