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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1997
The constitution approved by Russian voters in 1993 defines the Russian Federation as a secular state in which religious organizations are to be treated equally and left free of government control. This guarantee of tolerance, pluralism and independence is about to be negated by a measure passed by the state Duma, implicitly endorsed by President Boris Yeltsin and warmly supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.
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January 13, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Representatives of Bulgaria's many political factions Friday agreed on a compromise draft plan aimed at easing potentially volatile ethnic tensions that have threatened to overwhelm the country's efforts to establish genuine democracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1995 | Louis P. Sheldon, The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon heads the Traditional Values Coalition, a grass-roots church lobby group. He is among the sponsors of the religious equality amendment now before Congress.
From coast to coast, religious expression in public places, especially in schools, is under assault. Court decisions have relegated religious freedom to the back of the bus. Now President Clinton is attempting to block the religious equality constitutional amendment now being considered by Congress. The President last month directed officials to distribute guidelines to the nation's public schools on what religious activities are allowed on campuses.
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March 29, 1991 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. politicians and church leaders are gearing up to exert more pressure on China to respect religious freedom and release prisoners of conscience, two U.S. congressmen said here Thursday. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) said they met earlier in the day with Premier Li Peng and gave him a letter, signed by 110 members of Congress, calling for the release of 77 Protestant and Catholic leaders believed to be imprisoned or under house arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
When the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom took testimony in Los Angeles this week on North Korea's human rights abuses, local Korean Americans were pleased that the federal agency was showing such concern about the persecution of Christians above the 38th parallel. In a world convulsed by ethnic tensions and religious conflicts, the commission has been busy documenting such human rights violations since it was created by Congress in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The roots of Firuz Kazemzadeh's passion for religious freedom are depicted in a grainy, century-old photo. The photo, published in a report on a minority faith xgroup in Iran known as Bahais, shows four grim-faced males in chains. One was later stabbed to death, another strangled for refusing to renounce their faith; the other two were released.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2008 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Jesus Suarez, a Santeria priest, had slit the throat of one goat that June afternoon. He had three more goats, two sheep and 44 chickens to go. But before he could finish the ritual sacrifice, Coral Gables police swarmed the house where he and some 20 other followers of the Afro-Cuban religion had gathered to worship. The officers, Suarez recalls, pointed their guns at the devotees and screamed at them to freeze. Suarez could hear a couple of worshipers in the front yard yelling, "No dispare!"
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April 30, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With patriotic Vietnamese songs blaring from speakers at the Cultural Court in Little Saigon, hundreds gathered waving flags Sunday to mark the 26th anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam. Political and religious leaders took the podium to remember the April 30 surrender of the Saigon Government in 1975 and to call for religious freedom and basic human rights. In Vietnam last year, said Rep.
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March 19, 1998 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three leading American clergymen back from a three-week investigation of religious freedom in China reported guarded hope Wednesday that authorities will begin easing restrictions on worship as a result of the clerics' talks with President Jiang Zemin and other senior officials. They cited no immediate results of their February visit but stressed the unprecedented and candid nature of their discussions with the Chinese leadership.
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February 13, 1998 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Braving charges that they will be manipulated by China's Communist regime, three U.S. religious leaders met with President Jiang Zemin on Thursday in a high-profile bid to initiate a dialogue on religious freedom. The clerics declined to detail the content of their talk with Jiang but said they expressed concern to Chinese authorities over reports of religious persecution. "We can tell you we've had very meaningful dialogue. . . . We were not lectured," said the Rev.
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