Pakistan: Abducted Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Returned to Christian Family
Saima Javaid, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was ordered to be returned to her family 25 days after her abduction by two Muslim men — a rare victory for Pakistani Christians affected by the issue of abduction, forced conversion, and marriage.
Nepal: Pastor Arrested for Praying Against COVID-19 Virus
A Christian pastor in Nepal has been arrested for praying against the COVID-19 virus on a video that has circulated on social media. The pastor could face up to six months in prison after being accused of giving false information about the virus.
Iraq’s strict coronavirus restrictions are having potentially disastrous implications for Christians persecuted by ISIS attempting to rebuild their lives in the Nineveh Plains, a disputed territory currently under control of the Central Government.
Pakistan: Minorities Claim They Were Refused Aid Due to Their Religious Identities
According to recent viral social media posts, Christian and Hindu families were refused food aid by Saylani Welfare International Trust staffers who were distributing aid in Karachi in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Myanmar: Abducted Pastor, Who was Presumed Dead, Released by Arakan Army
International Christian Concern (ICC) rejoices at the news that Burmese pastor U Tun Nu, who was abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State and presumed dead, was released on March 8, 2020, after 14 months of detention.
Nigeria: Fifteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Escapes Captors who Forced Marriage and Conversion
Fifteen-year-old Sadiya Amos was taken from her family in January by a group of Muslim men in Northern Kaduna State and was married to one of her abductors. She escaped captivity and returned to her parents on March 12.
India: High Court Rejects Plea by Hindu Nationalists to Ban Religious Conversions
The Delhi High Court allowed BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to withdraw a public interest litigation calling for a ban on religious conversions, stating that religion is a personal belief and to convert to a different faith was an individual’s choice.
Police and Hindu nationalists attacked a church gathering claiming they were illegally gathering to cause a disturbance of the peace. Following the attack, four Christians were detained and tortured by police for more than eight hours.