United Arab Emirates
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Christians face a rising level of religious freedom around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Two recent studies from respected research organizations, Pew Forum and Open Doors, have highlighted the massive scale of the issue. Many are pushing for the United States to make the protection of religious minorities a core part of foreign policy, which the administration says that it already is. The problem has been in the failure to back the rhetoric with action. While there are political issues involved, it is imperative that the positions that exist to protect religious minorities be quickly filled if the United States is to have any credibility behind its claims to be a defender of religious freedom.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
This article offers a glimpse into the tight restrictions Christians have to build churches and worship in the United Arab Emirates, which is actually more tolerant toward Christians than most countries in the Gulf. The National reports: “[The Pakistani Christian community in Abu Dhabi] is made up of more than 5,000 members who share Abu Dhabi's three churches with other Christian groups. As a result, demand for worship times is very high, which means services are held late in the evening when most of the community are unable to attend regularly.” Pakistani Christians are appealing for land to build a new church and school.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
The decision by the bank to force its entire women staff, including non-Muslims, to wear Islamic headscarf is a serious violation of freedom of religion.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
As the number of expatriate Christians in Middle East increases, some of those countries are allowing for more Churches to be constructed.
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
"This is a historic day as we celebrate 30 years of the Christian community in Abu Dhabi at this facility,"
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
"After over 20 years of making formal requests to the authorities, the government has finally granted the Christians land to build their own places of worship. The Catholic community were given the largest piece of land, because our presence here goes back down the centuries and also because our community is the largest, now numbering over 100,000 faithful,
Friday, January 11th, 2008
Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are marginalized and persecuted against in their home country. But according to this article, the Coptic Christians are satisfied with they way they are treated in United Arab Emirates.
Friday, August 4th, 2006
This is the second in a series on religious liberty in Asia from a Catholic perspective.
Monday, December 16th, 2002
Wednesday, August 28th, 2002