East & Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s Aceh introduces strict anti-gay law

According to BBC, Strict laws against homosexuality have come into effect in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh.   Gay sex between Muslim men or women, both locals and foreigners, ...

‘We Were Treated Like Animals’: The Story Of Indonesia’s LGBT Activists

A local politician said this year that homosexuality is “a social disease that should be eradicated.”   By Dominique Mosbergen – Huffington Post   This is the first pa...

British tourist Eleanor Hawkins arrested for naked photo on top of Malaysian mountain

According to Telegraph, a British woman arrested in Malaysia for posing naked on top of a sacred mountain has been named as Eleanor Hawkins, a former independent school head girl. The 24-yea...

India: Man beheaded in ritual sacrifice for a better harvest

According to International Business Times, the Indian police are investigating the death of a 55-year-old man beheaded in what is thought to be a ritual sacrifice intended to conjure up a better harve...

IN PHOTOS: Feeding sa Riles: a bimonthly HAPI outreach activity on V-Day

In lieu of celebrating Valentine’s Day by dining out in luxurious restaurants and whatnot, we have decided to celebrate it with the less fortunate children in Alabang, Philippines. And we regret...

Indonesian police conducting virginity tests for new recruits

According to The Hindu, Indonesia must stop subjecting female police recruits to physical tests in an effort to determine whether they are virgins, a leading human rights group said Tuesday, describin...

Gays — Muslim Or Not — Face Caning With 100 Lashes In Indonesia If Proposed Sharia Bylaw Passes

According to Inquisitr, gay rights are not a thing in one particular region of Muslim-majority Indonesia, not by a long shot. Under a new proposal in Indonesia’s Aceh province, gays face 100 lashes wi...

Malaysia lesbian couple arrested by religious officers in hotel raid

According to Gay Star News, nine officers from the Johor Islamic Religious Department raided their room in Johor Bahru at around 12.45am, the Sinar Harian newspaper reported. One of the women answered...

China plans its own ‘Christian theology’

According to BBC News, China says it may try to create a theology based on Christianity – that integrates the religion with Chinese culture and is compatible with the country’s socialist b...

Muslim group seeks blasphemy charge against Indonesian newspaper

According to UCA News, an Indonesian Muslim group filed a complaint yesterday against an English-language newspaper which it has accused of blasphemy for an editorial cartoon in its July 3 print editi...

China’s Ambiguous Atheism

WRITTEN BY MICKEY KEENAN AND MARK KOLSEN, GUEST WRITERS OF AAI NEWS TEAM In a country that suppresses all forms of religious discussion, “scientific” studies about religion in China are almost impossi...

Malaysia: NUCC defends protection for atheists and Muslims alike in proposed new law

The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) today hit back at criticism made by a coalition of Malay groups that its proposed anti-discrimination law recognises atheism and contravenes the Rukun Ne...