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Finnish lawmaker Päivi Räsänen (right) and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola are both on trial for violating Finland’s “hate speech” laws.

Exonerated Finnish politician and bishop to return to court over biblical ‘hate speech’

Jan 16, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The allegations stem from a 2004 pamphlet about the Lutheran teaching on sexuality, including the prohibition on homosexual activities. Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Legal group pleads for imprisoned Bishop Álvarez's rights before human rights commission

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez is serving a prison sentence under the regime of President Daniel Ortega for criticizing the dictatorship. Read more

A map of Nigeria.

Nigerian teen whose Christian conversion triggered death threats granted restraining order

Aug 28, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Following threats by family members, the young woman sought a restraining order against her father and brothers. Read more

Brazilian home-schooling mom Regiane Cichelero.

Brazilian mom fined for homeschooling her son and instilling Christian values

Aug 17, 2023

By Abel Camasca

The local prosecutor’s office began legal proceedings against the mother for failing to enroll her minor child in the school... Read more

Former congressman Rodrigo Iván Cortés will be forced to publish a daily court-authored apology online for 30 days in punishment for having referred to congressional representative Salma Luévano as a man.

Mexican high court finds ex-congressman guilty of ‘gender-based political violence’ over tweet

Aug 10, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Former congressman Rodrigo Iván Cortés will be forced to publish a daily court-authored apology online for 30 days in punishment. Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Woman arrested by English police for silent prayer near abortion facility

Dec 21, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

As part of her bail conditions, restrictions have been placed on her participating in public prayer. Read more

A photo of Deborah Emmanuel on her Facebook page. Emmanuel, a Christian student in Nigeria, was killed by an Islamic mob on her college campus on May 12, 2022.

Nigerian mother charged with blasphemy for defending murdered Christian student

Dec 20, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Rhoda Jatau was arrested after forwarding a video of a Muslim denouncing the mob killing of Nigerian Christian college student... Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

European Court of Human Rights condemns Bulgaria for discriminating against Christians

Dec 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the government of Bulgaria for violating the right to religious freedom... Read more

Tom Mortier

Europe’s top human rights court to rule on landmark euthanasia case

Oct 3, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The European Court of Human Rights is set to rule in a landmark case on Tuesday on whether Belgium wrongly... Read more

Pavica Vojnović (right) and Lidia Rieder outside the Mannheim court.

German court rules in favor of right to pray near abortion counseling facility

Sep 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Silent prayer gatherings near an abortion counseling facility in a German town cannot be prohibited, according to a ruling by... Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

'Women deserve better': Experts criticize EU Parliament resolution on ‘right to abortion’

Jul 7, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Legal experts have called “inaccurate and misleading” a proposed resolution by the European Parliament to include a “right to abortion”... Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015, speaks to reporters while holding her Bible at Helsinki District Court on Jan. 24, 2022.

After acquittal, Christian MP says: I’m ready to keep defending freedom of speech and religion

Mar 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

Päivi Räsänen said she was prepared to go to the European Court of Human Rights ‘if needed.’ Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015.

Christian MP acquitted on all charges after Finland’s Bible tweet trial

Mar 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The court said in a unanimous ruling that ‘it is not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts.’ Read more

The advertising campaign by pro-life NGO Zavod ŽIV!M in Slovenia.

Christian legal group: Slovenian court ruling against pro-lifers a ‘blow’ to free expression

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A pro-life advertising campaign was removed from buses in 2018. Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Afghanistan’s Christians ‘completely ignored’ in European Parliament resolution

Sep 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

ADF International estimates that 10,000 Christians face danger in Afghanistan. Read more

Christos Stylianides at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 30, 2014.

Catholic bishops’ commission laments EU religious freedom envoy vacancy

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The special envoy has left months after taking up the role. Read more

Refugee children in Kabul, Afghanistan

Christian legal group decries conditions for Afghan religious minorities, urges aid

Aug 25, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Christian legal group on Tuesday warned of deteriorating conditions for Afghanistan’s religious minorities, and pushed for an immediate international... Read more

The European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium.

Christian legal group denounces ‘targeted smear campaign’

Jun 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

ADF International was responding to a European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights report. Read more

Pavica Vojnović, leader of the pro-life prayer vigils in Pforzheim, Germany.

Court upholds German municipality’s pro-life prayer vigil ban

May 14, 2021

The court dismissed a challenge to a ban on a prayer vigil in front of a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more