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Despite the separation of church and state being enshrined in the US constitution, more than 40 per cent of US citizens said religious leaders should use their influence to try to sway policy-makers.
Women's Petition Committee members have condemned a series of cases filed against their leader Ghada Jamsheer for allegedly defaming three Sharia judges.
Religions are on the offensive throughout Canada. In addition to the majority Christians, Canada now enjoys a growing presence of followers of the religions of the world: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and many others.
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) is concerned about three criminal charges made against women's rights campaigner Ms. Ghada Yusuf Jamsheer, accusing her of foul language, abusing a shari'ah family court and a former shari'a judge.
Christian churches in central Nigeria are accusing politicians of provoking much of the violence that has killed up to 3,000 people in the last four years.
Last month, on the 19th April, lawmakers in Kuwait agreed to allow women the right to vote and run in local council elections – a bill that passed on a 26-20 vote, with three abstentions [1].
A revolt in the eastern town of Andizhan in the mainly Muslim Ferghana Valley was crushed by Uzbek troops, who opened fire on thousands of protesters, many opposing President Islam Karimov's autocratic rule.
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