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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Understanding and Extending the Marrakesh Declaration in Policy and Practice

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Conflict Resolution,Religion/Ethics

Offers background on the January 2016 Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Countries.  Explains the background and content of the Declaration, issued by Muslim scholars and politicians as a response to the widespread persecution against minorities by groups claiming Islamic justification for acts of violence. From the United States Institute of Peace


International Religious Freedom Report 2015

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

Annual report on the U.S. view of religious freedom in the world and which countries have engaged in severe violations of religious freedom.  Separate chapters on each country with sections on religious demography, and status of government and societal respect for religious freedom.  From the State Department


The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

Describes the various types of jihadists who pose threats to the U.S. and the approaches taken by U.S. law enforcement authorities to deal with these threats, including watch-listing, screening, and investigating. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Addressing Islamic Extremism

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

Examines Islamic extremism, radicalization, and deradicalization in Great Britain and policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Zubik v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Compromise decision that employees of certain nonprofits could receive contraceptive coverage with their health insurance plans without burdening the employers’ exercise of religion. The church organizations had objected to provisions of federal law that required them to submit petitions expressing their opposition to providing contraceptive coverage. The cases return to the Appeals Courts to resolve any outstanding issues.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Final Rule Extends New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-funded Social Service Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

Agency press release that summarizes and explains the final regulation that provides religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs while also clarifying the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds for service programs.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

Text of final regulations from a series of federal agencies relating to religion and government programs.  The regulations provide religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federal social service programs and clarify eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in social service programs.  Also clarifies the types of activities that can and cannot be supported with direct federal financial assistance.  From the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments


Atrocities Prevention Report

Describes targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups, in the Middle East and Burma. Includes specific discussion of actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Burma, and U.S. government responses. From the State Department


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