Religious freedom conditions in Malaysia are trending negatively. Conditions for minority faith believers as well as for majority Sunni Muslims have stagnated or, in some cases, have worsened. Members of the Sunni majority must adhere to a strict, state-approved interpretation of Islam, which leaves little freedom to practice according to their conscience. Non-Muslim communities, such as Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus, also report feeling increasing strain and social hostility.

Source: People photograph lanterns at a temple decorated to celebrate Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, REUTERS / Harris

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Pastor Raymond Koh (Pastor Koh), is a Christian pastor from Malaysia. Prior to his abduction, he ran an NGO focused on people living with HIV/AIDs, recovering addicts, and single mothers and children. Local Islamic authorities once… Read More >

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