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India: Christian Families Displaced from Village After Refusing to Recant Faith April 8, 2021

According to local sources, 13 Christian families in India’s Odisha state have been displaced from their home village since January after they refused to recant their Christian faith.

 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Gujarat State Passes New Anti-Conversion Law April 8, 2021

The Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) led government of Gujarat has passed a new law regulating religious conversions and criminalizing forced religious conversions. The new law amends the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003 and has been championed by local BJP politicians as the state’s ‘Love Jihad’ law.

 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Kidnapped Pastor Killed April 8, 2021

Fifty-year-old Frederick Ojo Aramuwa, from Ifira Akoko Ondo state, Nigeria, was found dead days after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, and having his family pay $5,000 in ransom.

 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christians Abducted from Bus in North-Central Region March 31, 2021

Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria suspect Muslim Fulani herdsmen were behind the kidnapping of eight Christians from a bus in the southern part of the state on Friday.

Read more: Morning Star News 

Pakistan: Another Christian Girl Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted March 25, 2021

Thirteen year old, Shakaina Masih was abducted in February in Lahore, Pakistan and forced to marry her abductor and convert to Muslim. Parents continue to fight for her lawful return.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christian Mother of Three Beaten, Driven from Home March 25, 2021

A Christian woman and her three children have been outcast from their village for rejecting tribal rituals and now live in a doorless shed in the woods and cut off from basic necessities like water.  When contacted, police said woman should have been beaten to death for leaving tribal religion.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christians Seriously Injured in Mob Assault on House Church March 25, 2021

 

A mob armed with axes and thick wooden batons in central India disrupted a home worship service and beat and threatened Christians for leaving their ancestral tribal religion this month. Eight were injured and five of them hospitalized, including two women and a pastor.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Another Christian Worship Service Brutally Attacked by Radicals in Southern Region February 8, 2021

On January 31, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists attacked a Christian worship service in southern India. As a result of the attack, 28 Christians were injured, including six that required hospitalization.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Islamists Attack Christian Communities, Killing Over 100 February 8, 2021

Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group whose primary aim is to assault, kidnap, and kill Christians, is believed to be responsible for a series of attacks in Christian villages that took place throughout the month.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Christians Fearful After Five Church Buildings Burned February 8, 2021

Arsonists set five church buildings on fire and threw feces on the charred structures from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24 in a village in western Kenya, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Baby After Hindu Extremist Attack February 8, 2021

Leela Bai, eight months pregnant, rushed outside a house she was visiting in central India after hearing the commotion of a Hindu mob attacking tribal Christians preparing to celebrate the New Year. Before she knew it, she was pushed to the ground and the mob began kicking her.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Three Pastors Jailed on Forced Conversion Charges February 3, 2021

Three Christian pastors were arrested and jailed on forced conversion charges after attending a prayer meeting in a home. According to sources, six Christians, including the pastors, were attacked and taken to local police by a mob of radical Hindus.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Attacked Christian Nurse Charged with Blasphemy February 3, 2021

Staff members of the hospital in Karachi slapped, beat and locked nurse Tabeeta Nazir Gill, 42, in a room after baselessly accusing her of blaspheming Islam. Police initially dropped charges then succumbed to pressure from an angry mob.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Christian Leaders Killed in Middle Belt Region February 3, 2021

Mayhem continued in Nigeria as suspected Fulani herdsmen burned down the venue of a planned Christian conference in Kaduna state last week and earlier killed two clergymen in the country’s Middle Belt.

Read more: Morning Star News

Vietnam: Christian Imprisoned for Trumped Up Charge Returns Home January 28, 2021

Arrested for illegally logging and destroying the forest when he escaped there from persecution in his village, Sung A Khua spent two and a half years in prison before finally being released.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Join Attack on Christians, File False Charges, Sources Say January 28, 2021

Police who did nothing to stop a fierce attack on a church service in Uttar Pradesh, India also beat and threatened the Christians while arresting them under false accusations of fraudulent conversions.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Hindu Nationalists Incite Animists to Attack Christians January 25, 2021

Six Christian families worshipping in a wood-an-hay structure in eastern India were confronted by tribal animists and attacked.  A mob of 20-25 men destroyed their church and neighboring properties. Sources say tribal leaders are being tapped by Hindu Nationalists to incite animosity toward Christians.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Woman Loses Family After Responding to Visions, She Says January 25, 2021

Upon seeing visions of Christ during prayers and in her dreams, Muslim Mansitula Buliro confided in her Christian neighbor who led her to accept Christ as her Savior. When her husband found out, he attacked her with a knife, sending her to the hospital where she would later miscarry.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Brick Kiln Worker Beaten by Employer for Attending Church Service January 14, 2021

On January 5, a Christian brick kiln worker named Ansar Masih was brutally beaten by his Muslim employer after he took leave to attend a prayer service over the holidays. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Muslim Supervisors Kill Two Christian Women January 14, 2021

Police recovered the bodies of two Christian sisters who went missing November 26 in Lahore, Pakistan. The killers, their Muslim supervisors at a pharmacy factory, had been pressuring them to convert to Islam and marry them.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: First Christian Arrested Under New ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law in Uttar Pradesh January 13, 2021

A Korean Christian and three Indian nationals are in jail in Uttar Pradesh, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: State Government Approves Harshest Anti-Conversion Law to Date January 13, 2021

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of Madhya Pradesh has approved an ordinance entitled The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance 2020 that will replace its Religious Freedom Act of 1968 and is considered to be the most stringent anti-conversion law in India.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Pastor, Wife Attacked after Imam Becomes Christian January 13, 2021

Mosque leaders in eastern Uganda incited a group of Muslims to beat a pastor and his wife and demolish parts of their church building following the conversion of a Muslim imam to Christianity.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Murderer Uses False Blasphemy Accusation to Justify Killing Christian January 5, 2021

A Christian man was murdered earlier this month by a Muslim coworker in a factory. The victim’s family reports the murderer falsely accused the Christian of committing blasphemy to justify the killing.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Neighborhood Attacked on Christmas Day January 5, 2021

According to local sources in Pakistan, several Christians in Lahore were injured in an attack instigated by Muslim men harassing Christian girls on a church playground on Christmas day.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Indonesia: The Deep Sorrow of Lewono Lembantongoa’s Christians January 4, 2021

On November 27, 2020, A group of East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) terrorists descended on Lewono hamlet, Lembantongoa village, a Salvation Army outpost in Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia and brutally slain four villagers before setting fire to half a dozen homes, including a church.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Muslim Extremists Rape Pastor in Eastern Region January 4, 2021

Muslim extremists raped a female church pastor on Dec. 21 in eastern Uganda, as she was returning to her home in Kapyani, Kibuku District, from Christmas preparations at her church.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Islamic State Executes Five Christians January 4, 2021

Islamic extremist terrorists who kidnapped 11 Christians in northeast Nigeria on Christmas Day have executed five of them, according to a video released by the Islamic State’s AMAQ News agency.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Four BJP-Ruled States Consider Enacting Anti-Conversion Laws December 30, 2020

Four BJP-ruled states in India are following Uttar Pradesh’s lead to enact a controversial anti-conversion law in an attempt to stop what it viewed as widespread illegal religious conversions. These states include Haryana, Karnataka, Assam, and Madhya Pradesh.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: State Government to Promulgate Country’s Stringent Anti-Conversion Law December 30, 2020

According to media the Madhya Pradesh state cabinet approved a bill that would replace the Religious Freedom Act of 1968 and allow the BJP-led government to more strictly regulate religious conversions and criminalize religious conversion by marriage, financial allurement, or force.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Seven Christians Killed in Christmas Eve Attacks December 30, 2020

Islamists killed seven Christians in Christmas Eve attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, according to area residents, while two people were reportedly killed in neighboring Adamawa state.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Four BJP-Ruled States Consider Enacting Anti-Conversion Laws December 22, 2020

In November, India’s Uttar Pradesh state enacted the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, championed by the BJP to stop what it viewed as widespread illegal religious conversions.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy after Eleven Years in Prison December 22, 2020

A Christian who spent nearly 11 years in solitary confinement over a false allegation of desecrating the Koran was set to walk free after a high court this week overturned his conviction.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Muslim Forces Christian Wife to Drink Pesticide December 22, 2020

A Christian woman was poisoned and beaten unconscious by her Muslim husband upon his learning of her conversion to Christianity. Neighbors found the 38-year-old mother of three covered in vomit and blood in a nearby banana field.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Pastor Locked in Room and Left to Die December 14, 2020

Pastor Shelton Vishwanathan was attacked by radical Hindus while handing out gospel tracts in Tiryani village, in Bihar state’s Sheohar District, knocking him out and locking him in a room for dead. Rescued by an elderly woman “sent from God,” the pastor is back home with his family.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Return Home Yet Banned from Rebuilding Homes December 10, 2020

Seven Lao Christians who were evicted from their homes in October for not renouncing their faith, have finally returned to their village to find their houses demolished and their rights to rebuild violated.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: U.S. State Department Elects to Ignore Religious Freedom Violations December 10, 2020

The U.S. State Department announced the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” for ongoing and egregious violation of religious freedom, omitting India despite its history of persecution.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Washington, D.C.: U.S. House of Representatives Calls for the Global Repeal of Blasphemy, Heresy, and Apostasy Laws December 8, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 512, calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws, sending a clear message to the world that the U.S. stands for religious freedom.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians in Hiding after Brutal Mob Attack in Central Region December 8, 2020

Several families are in hiding after tribal animists in Chhattisgarh state threatened to kill them for reporting a mob attack to police last week that sent 21 Christians to hospitals.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Police Find Christian Girl Chained in Kidnapper’s Home December 8, 2020

A Catholic family’s five-month search for their 12-year-old daughter who was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a 45-year-old Muslim, ended when police found her chained in her abductor’s house.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 110 Farmers in Single Day December 4, 2020

Boko Haram killed 110 farmers who were working in their fields on November 28, resulting in the largest and deadliest by the group in all of 2020, especially against civilians.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christians Killed in Central and Southwestern Region December 4, 2020

Fulani herdsmen attacks on predominantly Christian communities in Kaduna state killed seven Christians, two days after a pastor was slain in southwestern Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

Democratic Republic of Congo: Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians December 4, 2020

Suspected members of an insurgent jihadist group slaughtered 20 Christians in villages in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including one pastor’s wife and four children.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Teen Escapes Abductors and Returns to Family November 30, 2020

According to local reports, a Christian teen from Pakistan’s Punjab province has recently returned to her family after being abducted and abused by a group of Muslim men.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Indonesia: Terrorist Burns Church, Christian Homes Killing Four November 30, 2020

An alleged terrorist attacked the Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi, before burning six houses of church members. Four Christians were murdered; three butchered and one burned to death.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Pastor, Two Christian Boys Killed in Islamist Attacks November 30, 2020

Relatives of a former sheikh in eastern Uganda who refused to renounce Christ killed his 6-year-old son, two days after Islamists in the western part of the country ambushed and killed a pastor and his 12-year-old son.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: UK Prime Minister Urged to Grant Asylum to Christian Teen November 24, 2020

UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been urged to offer asylum to Maira Shahbaz, the14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl who was abducted, forcefully married, and forcefully converted to Islam earlier this year.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter November 24, 2020

A high court in Pakistan ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches age 18.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christians in Southern Region Brutally Attacked for Holding Prayer Meeting November 17, 2020

Early this month, five Christians were brutally attacked by radical Hindu nationalists in the Meerpet neighborhood of Hyderabad, India. The attack resulted in the Christian victims sustained multiple injuries.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Homes Raided November 17, 2020

Iranian intelligence agents raided 12 Christian homes in the city of Fardis, located near the capital city of Tehran, confiscating many personal items and leaving the homeowners concerned about what’s next.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Ethiopia: Militia Massacres Civilians in Tigray Region November 17, 2020

Hundreds of civilians, caught in the middle of a civil war between the Ethiopian army and local militia, were found hacked to death, littering the streets of border town Mai-Kadra. Witnesses say the massacre was at the hands of the militia.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Sichuan Police Shut Down Utilities to Pressure ERCC Elder November 17, 2020

An elder from Early Rain Covenant Church, forced to move out of town in late October, continues to be pressured and harassed by the new local authorities, including shutting down the internet, electricity, and water at his new rented apartment.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cuba: Church Building Demolished, Re-Openings Blocked November 17, 2020

Authorities in Cuba have demolished a church building and are blocking other churches from re-opening after the lifting of pandemic restrictions, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Fulani Kill Four Christians, Abduct Others in North-Central Region November 17, 2020

Witnesses say armed Fulani killed four Christians in north-central Nigeria on Friday (Nov. 6) and the next day kidnapped seven persons, including five daughters of a church pastor.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Medical Report Proves Arzoo Raja is a Minor November 11, 2020

According to local reports, a medical board in Pakistan found that Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl abducted and married by her 44-year-old Muslim neighbor, is no more than 14-years-old.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Seize Christian Villages in Kaduna State November 11, 2020

Having taken over more than 100 once predominantly Christian villages in four counties of southern Kaduna state, Nigeria, Muslim Fulani killed three more Christians in late October.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Muslims Ambush, Kill Pastor after Radio Broadcast November 11, 2020

Muslim extremists killed 64-year-old David Omara, pastor of Christian Church Center in northern Uganda on Saturday (Oct. 31) after he compared Christianity and Islam in a radio broadcast, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Court Orders Medical Report to Determine Christian Teen’s Age November 6, 2020

A court has ordered the Interior Health Secretary to constitute a medical board to determine the actual age of Arzoo Raja, a Christian teen reportedly abducted and married by her 44-year-old Muslim neighbor.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Twelve Christians, Kidnaps Others November 6, 2020

Six gun trucks filled with Boko Haram militants attacked the Takulashi village near Chibok, killing 12 Christians, kidnapping multiple women and children, and burning down homes and businesses.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Girl Recovered from Kidnapper November 4, 2020

Police in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 2) recovered a 13-year-old Christian girl and arrested the Muslim accused of abducting and forcibly marrying and converting her, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Abducted Pastor Released; Six Year-Old Kidnapped November 4, 2020

A pastor abducted in northeastern Nigeria was released, while Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Christian man and kidnapped his six-year-old son.

Read more: International Christian Concern

North Korea: Christians Brutally Tortured for their Faith November 3, 2020

North Korea Christians recount stories of horror and persecution in a report by the London-based Korea Future Initiative, confirming the atrocities committed on North Korean Christians aging from three to 80 years old.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor Appeals for Release from Islamist Terrorists November 3, 2020

A church pastor in Nigeria who went missing on Oct. 19 has been captured along with two Christian women by Islamists, according to a video released by the terrorist group.

Read more: Morning Star News

Somalia: Muslim Boys Beat Christian’s Seven-Year-Old Son November 3, 2020

A Christian in Somalia long persecuted for his faith came home from Bible study to find his seven-year-old son beaten by two 13-year-old Muslim boys. His injuries sent him to the hospital for three days.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Young Christian Man Hacked to Death in North-Central Region October 28, 2020

Islamist Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria hacked a young Christian man to death with machetes on Wednesday; one of eight Christians killed this month in Plateau state.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Thirteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Forcibly Converted and Married to 45 Year Old Islamist October 28, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Arzoo Raja was abducted by her 45-year-old Muslim neighbor, forced to sign papers declaring her age as 18 and forced to marry her abductor. Police are ignoring the case.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Church in Southern Region Burned Down Following Threats by Local Extremists October 24, 2020

Last month, a church in India’s Andhra Pradesh state was set on fire by suspected religious extremists. According to the church’s leadership, extremists had issued several threats against the church if the church was not closed down.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Xiamen Hotel Fined for Providing Venue for House Church’s Worship October 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party continues its efforts to remove Christianity from the country by fining a hotel in China’s Xiamen, 20,000 RMB (nearly U.S. $3,000) for hosting Christian activities in the summer. The 8,300 RMB (U.S. $1,242) rental income was also confiscated by the local authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Woman Beaten in Public for Arguing with Muslim October 24, 2020

a Christian woman was beaten in public by a Muslim man following a confrontation and public argument. The man slapped the woman and dragged her into the street, calling her derogatory Christian slang. His son soon joined in the beating. To date, n arrest has been made.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: US Ready to Remove Country from Sanctions List October 24, 2020

The United States has stated that they are ready to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The only stipulation is that the government must pay 335 million dollars to the victims of several al-Qaeda terror attacks.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Religious Freedom Factsheet – Q3 2020 October 23, 2020

Through the first half of 2020, Nigeria suffered a steady number of terrorist attacks and deaths. Nearly every day of the first six months, there was at least one attack conducted by violent extremist groups, according to International Christian Concern’s research. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iraq: Government Continues to Deny Access to Humanitarian Aid October 23, 2020

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that nongovernmental organizations have been denied the ability to intervene in humanitarian crises in the specific regions of the country.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Church Service in Central Region Raided by Mob of Hindus October 23, 2020

A Christian worship service was attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists and then were taken into police custody after being falsely accused of engaging in forced religious conversions.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Appointment to the UN Human Rights Council October 23, 2020

On October 17th, China was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Many human rights activists protested the announcement given China’s long history of religious persecution against Christians and Uyghur Muslims.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Detained in Jail for Planning Christian Funeral October 19, 2020

For more than three months, four Lao Christians have been jailed in the country’s Khammouane province for planning a Christian funeral that goes against the local customs.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Thirteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Reported as Latest Victim of Forced Conversion October 19, 2020

Last week, a 13-year-old Christian girl was abducted outside of her home in Karachi, Pakistan. Two days later, the girl’s parents were informed she had become the latest victim of forced conversion and forced marriage.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Country Elected to UN’s Premier Human Rights Body Despite Religious Freedom Issues October 19, 2020

On October 13, Pakistan was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council – a surprising election given the country’s human rights violation history.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Laos: Christians Driven from Homes After Refusing to Renounce Faith October 18, 2020

Authorities drove out seven Laotian Christians from their homes when they refused to renounce their faith, forcing them to live in the nearby forests.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: USCIRF Releases Report October 18, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom reports that “in recent years, religious freedom conditions in Burkina Faso have deteriorated, with the country facing interrelated security and humanitarian crises.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Ten Christian Families Mercilessly Beaten by Hindus October 18, 2020

Early this month, 10 Christian families in Chhattisgarh state were violently attacked by Hindu nationalists after they refused to recant their Christian faith. Several Christians were severely injured.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: Three Young Christians Assaulted in Khartoum North October 13, 2020

A pastor’s son, his cousin and their 20-year-old aunt were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum, Sudan as Muslims continued targeting church members despite new religious freedoms.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: ERCC Elder Forcibly Taken Away, Children Threatened October 13, 2020

China continues its assault on the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church by forcibly removing elder Li Yingqiang from his home as his young children witnessed and were threatened by police.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Beaten Christians Tonsured, Ridiculed October 13, 2020

A group of Hindus beat and paraded Pastor Raj Singh along with four other Christians in India, after falsely accusing them of eating beef. To further humiliate them, they shaved their heads like monks, called tonsuring.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Three Christians Severely Beaten After Villager Chooses New Faith October 5, 2020

Three Christians were severely beaten by a mob of angry villagers in India’s eastern state of Odisha upon hearing of their recent conversions to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Seven Christians Attacked by Mob After Being Falsely Accused of Slaughtering a Cow October 5, 2020

Seven Christians in India’s Jharkhand state were attacked, beaten and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram,” which means “Victory to Lord Rama,” a Hindu diety, after they were falsely accused of slaughtering a cow.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Christian Bookseller Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison October 5, 2020

Chinese Christian online bookstore owner, Chen Yu, was charged with “illegal business operations” on September 27. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined close to $30,000.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Children Killed, Christian Leaders Kidnapped October 5, 2020

Two young Christian women and a 6-year-old boy were killed this week while other Christians were kidnapped or slain as uncontested lawlessness by Fulani herdsmen continues in Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless After Attack September 28, 2020

15 Christian families from three villages in India’s Chhattisgarh state were left homeless after being attacked by Hindus after the families refused to recant their Christian faith.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus, Ex-Church Members Attack Christian Family September 28, 2020

Punita Kumari was caring for her family when leaders of about 25 hard-line Hindu assailants armed with bamboo sticks forced their way into their one-room home demanding they leave.

Read more: Morning Star News

Democratic Republic of Congo: Christians Under Attack September 23, 2020

Despite their overwhelming majority presence in the DRC, comprising 95 percent of the population, Christians are increasingly threatened, attacked, and victimized by Islamist terrorists and their affiliates.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Twin Sisters Kidnapped, Pastor and Three Other Christians Killed September 23, 2020

A church elder was shot as his twin daughters were kidnapped in northwest Nigeria, just days after a pastor and three other Christians in a north-central state were killed earlier this month. Islamists suspected in the attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: Country Leads Opening of United Nations Session September 19, 2020

United Nations new president, Turkey diplomat Volkan Bozkir, led the opening session of the 75th anniversary meeting, despite heavy criticism from multiple ethnic groups for his human rights insensitivities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus use Rumor of Conversions to Terrorize Small Christian Community September 19, 2020

A small Christian community in Uttar Pradesh was terrorized by Hindus after hearing that the local pastor had attempted to convert Hindus to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: U.S. Senators Call for Country to be Designated “Country of Particular Concern” September 19, 2020

 Fourteen U.S. Senators urge Mike Pompeo to consider USCIRF recommendation to designate India a Country of Particular Concern (CPC), and demand “targeted sanctions” be imposed.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus Use Social Media to Circulate Videos of Attacks on Christians September 14, 2020

According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Hindus are making and circulating videos of their attacks on Christians in an effort to incite hatred and fear.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians in Northern Region Forced to Stop Worship, Pastor Says September 14, 2020

A Christian pastor in Uttar Pradesh state was forced to agree to stop holding worship in his home after repeated harassment by Hindus and an officer threaten to make false charges against his son.

Read more: Morning Star News

Ethiopia: 500 Christians Killed Since June, Report States September 9, 2020

A recent report by the Barnabus Fund states that the church is coming under attack in recent days from coordinated killings by Islamists, targeting young Christians of all ethnicities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor and Two Others Killed by Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna State September 9, 2020

Fulani herdsmen make multiple attacks in Kaduna State, killing three men (all fathers) and the local Evangelical Church Winning All’s pastor. In another attack in Kemara Rimi, five people were abducted. Their whereabouts are unknown.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Another Christian Sentenced to Death on Weak Blasphemy Charges September 9, 2020

Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Attacked Christians Risk Arrest if Worship Draws More Assaults September 9, 2020

Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

Algeria: A Wave of Church Closures September 4, 2020

Algeria’s government has launched a major campaign against Christian worship by abruptly closing churches across the nation, drawing criticism from pastors and Christian supporters.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Announcement of Anti-Conversion Law Sparks Anti-Christian Violence in Northern Region September 1, 2020

Following a June announcement that the government would propose a bill to regulate religious conversions, emboldened Hindus lead several attacks on Christians, including an incident where four Christian women were hospitalized.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Severely Beaten by Mob of Hindus September 1, 2020

A Christian pastor was pulled off his motorbike and brutally attacked by a group of 10 Hindus, justifying their assault by accusing him of converting Hindus to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: One Man Slain, Children and Others Kidnapped in Kaduna State September 1, 2020

Fulani herdsmen attacked a predominantly Christian village in north-central Nigeria, killing one resident, burning a church building and kidnapping four children among others.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Officials Refuse Burial of Christian Child August 28, 2020

Local Egyptian officials have forced Christians to remove the burial plot of a young boy buried there four days earlier, claiming there were no permits and ordered that the Christians remove the body to a place far from Muslims.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cameroon: Boko Haram Uses Child Bombers in IDP Camp Attack August 28, 2020

Boko Haram used children in an IDP camp in the Nguetechewe area of Northern Cameroon. During the attack, 17 people were killed and at least another 16 were injured according to reports.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Teen Flees into Hiding after Court Returns Her into Custody of Abductor August 28, 2020

Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted and forcefully married to a Muslim man, has escaped her abductor’s custody and fled into hiding with her mother and three siblings.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Four Abducted During Suspected Islamist Attack in Southern Kaduna August 28, 2020

Four villagers including an off-duty police officer, a military man, a security officer and a 14 year old girl were abducted during a Fulani herdsmen attack. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Pastor Jailed Since May after Standing Up to Land-Grabbers, Relatives Say August 28, 2020

A pastor in Karachi remains in jail since May on a baseless charge of extortion in retaliation for taking a stand against a group who demolished homes of Christians.

Read more: Morning Star News

Uganda: Christian Dies, Cousin in Critical Condition after Assault August 28, 2020

One young Christian man in eastern Uganda has died after family members beat him for leaving Islam while his cousin, also beaten, clings to life.

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Nigeria: At Least Thirty Seven Christians Killed in Kaduna State Alone in August August 25, 2020

So far this month, there have been at least 37 Christians killed in Christian villages of Southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, during attacks throughout by Fulani militants

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Another Teenage Christian Girl Abducted and Forcibly Married August 25, 2020

According to Asia News, Saneha Kinza Iqbal, a 15-year-old Christian girl, was abducted by Saeed Amanat, a 30-year-old Muslim man, on her way to church in Faisalabad, Pakistan. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor, 16-Year-Old Girl Among Eleven Christians Killed in Kaduna State August 25, 2020

A 16-year-old girl, a father of nine children and a church pastor were among 11 Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen this week in southern Kaduna state, sources said.

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India: Police Arrest Four Christian and Hindu Guests Under False Charges in Pastor’s Home August 20, 2020

In July, two Christian boys brought their Hindu friends to visit Pastor Ramnivas Kumar. As he prayed over them and shared the Gospel, police barged in and arrested the Hindus under false charges of robbery.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Four Christian Women Hospitalized After Brutal Attack August 20, 2020

A group of Hindu nationalists brutally attacked four Christian women gathering for prayer. All women have been hospitalized with one fighting for her life.

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Pakistan: Christian Rickshaw Driver Beaten and Falsely Accused of Terrorism August 19, 2020

Nasir Pervaiz, a Christian auto-rickshaw driver, was beaten and falsely accused of terrorism after he was told he could not pick up passengers at a medical clinic in Pakistan, because he was a Christian. 

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India: Christian Hospitalized for More than Two Weeks after Assault August 19, 2020

A Christian father of seven in India was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Hindus with iron rods interrupted his night prayers with his family and beat him at his home.

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Nigeria: As Outcry Grows, 37 More Christians Killed in Nigeria August 19, 2020

Amid a groundswell of domestic and international condemnation of unchecked violence by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, 37 more Christians were killed this month.

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China: Officials Raid Moms Group Held at Home August 15, 2020

On August 12, the moms’ group of an influential house church in China’s Xiamen was raided by the local authorities who forced themselves in without proper documents.

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India: Hindu Neighbors Attack Pastor and Guests at His Home August 15, 2020

Christians Avinash Kumar and Rambali Ram were visiting Pastor Kumar’s home in Ranjitpur village, with two Hindu friends when Hindu neighbors barged into the house and began beating them with steel rods and wooden sticks.

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China: Christians Forced to Replace Christian Items with Portraits of President August 15, 2020

Since May, the Chinese Communist Party officials in several provinces have threatened to withdraw the social welfare benefits poor people rely on for food, if they refuse to replace Christian imagery with that of President Xi.

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India: Three Christian Families in Chhattisgarh State Beaten with Wooden Batons August 12, 2020

Three Christian families from a rural village in India’s Chhattisgarh state were attacked and beaten with wooden batons for refusing to honor the village’s tribal deities.

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Nigeria: Gunmen Killed Four Christians in Bayelsa State August 12, 2020

Unidentified gunmen attacked Christians in Bayelsa State killing at least four, injuring several others and leaving a destruction of burned homes and cars in their wake.  

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Pakistan: Another Christian Sanitation Worker Attacked and Beaten August 6, 2020

Iqbal Masih, a Christian sanitation worker, was attacked and beaten by a group of Muslims in Pakistan’s Punjab province, simply for pushing his garbage trolley past them while they celebrated the Eid al-Adha festival.

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Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 14 Baptist Christians in Kogi State August 6, 2020

A Fulani herdsmen raid on a village in Nigeria’s Kogi state killed 14 Baptist Christians, including 13 members of an extended family, sources said.

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India: Eight Christians Assaulted by Radical Nationalists in Odisha State August 3, 2020

According to Matters India, a group of radical nationalists brutally attacked eight Christians in Badaguda village, located in the Koraput district of Odisha, India.

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India: House Church Attacked by a Mob of Radicals in Northern Region August 3, 2020

According to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India, a Christian house church was attacked by a mob led by radical Hindu nationalists in Uttar Pradesh.

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Myanmar: Christian Family Emerges Stoning Unscathed August 3, 2020

Christian family remained calm and steadfast in prayer as they were attacked by a mob of Buddhists furious for their recent discovery of life in Christ. Miraculously, they survived unscathed.

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Uganda: Pastor and Church Member Die for Proclaiming Christ in Eastern Region August 3, 2020

Christians in eastern Uganda had what seemed to be an effective strategy for bringing the gospel to Muslims on the banks of Lake Nakuwa, while they fished.

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Turkey: Government Deporting Foreign Christians or Banning Their Return, Source Say August 3, 2020

Dozens of foreign Christians in Turkey have been forced to leave the country or been banned from returning in what appears to be government targeting of the Protestant Christian community, rights advocates say.

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India: Six Christian Families Receive Ultimatum to Renounce their Faith July 29, 2020

Six Christian families have received an ultimatum from the Latehar District Police of Jharkhand state to either renounce their Christian faith or prepare to leave the village.

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China: Police Demolish Christian Homes July 29, 2020

On July 22, local authorities descended on Xingguang Church in China’s Xiamen city to further demolish Christian homes in conjunction to the house church.

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India: Pastor and Family Threatened and Attacked by Radical Nationalists July 28, 2020

On July 10, a radical Hindu nationalist attacked Pastor Rukachand Fulmali’s home in an attempt to demolish his house church and remove the cross.

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India: Young Mother is Fifth Christian Killed in Two Months July 28, 2020

A 26-year-old mother became the fifth Christian in two months to be killed in India last week when she refused to hand over her daughter to be raped by Hindus.

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Nigeria: Islamists Execute Five Men as Warning to Christians, Video Shows July 25, 2020

Islamic extremists have executed five Nigerian men in Borno state, saying it was a warning to “all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity.”

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Pakistan: Christian Family Attacked for Protecting Daughter from Kidnapping July 25, 2020

On July 12, a group of armed Muslim men attacked a family in a Christian-majority neighborhood in southern Punjab after the family protected their 13-year-old daughter from being kidnapped.

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Nigeria: Fulani Militants Killed Eleven Christians July 25, 2020

Late this month, in Kaduna, Nigeria, Fulani Militants attacked a village called Gora Gan, and set fire to dozens of houses, killing 11 Christians.  

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China: Hackers Spy Christians July 25, 2020

Chinese government’s practice of tracking Christian citizens has enabled authorities to raid house churches, arrest pastors and hack their congregation information. 

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India: Christians Return to Village Where Followers of Tribal Religion Attacked Them July 22, 2020

A Christian family were attacked in their home while they slept in late May and barely escaped with their lives. The attack was a result of their refusal to take part in a tribal celebration. Last week the family returned to their village, fearing additional persecution.

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China: House Church Raided, Six Elders Taken Away In Guangxi July 15, 2020

Earlier this month, dozens of officials from the Ethnic and Religious Affairs agency raided the Enguang church in Guanxi region’s Guiling city, grabbing the microphone to denounce the gathering. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Prayer Service Targeted by Police July 15, 2020

Last month, a Christian prayer service was attacked by the police in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan.

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India: Fourth Christian Killed in Less Than Two Months July 15, 2020

Maoists in Maharashtra state killed a church pastor on Friday (July 10), the fourth death of a Christian for their faith in India since late May, sources said.

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Pakistan: Christians Beaten by Extremists July 10, 2020

On June 22, a group of an estimated 50 Islamic radicals attacked the Christian residents of Racecourse, a Christian neighborhood located in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Kenya: Islamists Beat 21-Year-Old Christian Mother Unconscious July 10, 2020

Islamists beat a 21-year-old Christian woman unconscious and injured her siblings after they fled from persecution in Solamia to Nairobi, Kenya.

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India: Christian Families Attacked by Hindu Radicals in Chhattisgarh July 9, 2020

Caravan News reports that, on May 20, the home of two Adivasi Christian families was attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in Kokkar Pal village located in Chhattisgarh, India.

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India: Christian Family Brutally Attacked in Chhattisgarh July 9, 2020

On July 1, an Indian Christian family was brutally attacked by radical Hindu Nationalists for refusing to deny their Christian faith in Mohanbeda village (Chhattisgarh State).

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India: Christian Mother of Four was Persecuted Before Her Death July 9, 2020

Tribal Hindus persecuted a widowed, Christian mother of four before her body was found severely mutilated in the wilderness near her village in Chhattisgarh, India, sources said.

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Iraq: Christians Evacuate Following Turkish Airstrikes July 6, 2020

Since the beginning of Turkey’s airstrike operations in northern Iraq, nine of the 11 Christian villages in the Zakho district have reportedly evacuated, displacing hundreds of families.

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Pakistan: Christian Family Fights to Register Police Report Against People Harassing Their Worship July 6, 2020

In late May, Sherry Masih and his family were attacked by a group of Muslim men as the family was holding a prayer service. In an attempt to register the a complaint with police, Masih was arrested. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Vietnam: Family of Imprisoned Pastor Beaten and Detained July 6, 2020

The family of political activist and pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, imprisoned for his promotion of democracy, was subject to violence and detention before and during U.S. Ambassador’s visit to Thanh Hoa province.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Father of Two Killed in Jharkhand State July 6, 2020

A young Christian father of two was hunted down, dragged from his home and brutally murdered by followers of tribal Adivasi religion after four years of harassment for reporting their assault on his mother-in-law.

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Pakistan: Christians Struggle Amid Locust and COVID-19 Crisis June 29, 2020

Christian sharecroppers in southern Pakistan have been deeply affected by locust swarms, destroying their crops and livelihoods. Struggling to survive, they are finding persecution against them as they seek help.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Release Suspect in Attempted Killing of Pastor June 29, 2020

Under pressure from an official in the ruling Hindu nationalist political party, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India have released without charges a suspect in the attempted killing of a pastor last month, sources said.

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Pakistan: Christian Family Claims Relative was Murdered by Police June 27, 2020

A Christian family in Pakistan claims their relative was murdered by police after refusing to change his testimony in a crime he witnessed. The Christian family has filed charges against the police and the case has led to several local protests.

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India: Incidents of Christian Persecution Spike as Country Emerges from Lockdown June 27, 2020

As India gradually emerges from its national lockdown, ICC has documented a sudden spike in attacks on Christians across the country, including at least eight incidents in just two weeks.

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South Sudan: Christians Attacked After Incitement by Mosque Leaders in Khartoum June 27, 2020

One South Sudanese dead, another in critical condition after imams called for Muslim residents to rid Christian South Sudanese from the “Muslim area.”

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Uganda: Villagers Burn Home, Beat Wife of Former Muslim Sheikh in Eastern Region June 24, 2020

A former sheikh in eastern Uganda secretly became a Christian on Christmas Day and when he told his two wives of his conversion, one joined him in faith, along with their children. When word got out,, a Muslim leader and others stormed his house and set it on fire.

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India: Hardline Hindu Relatives Threaten to Kill Christian’s Children In Uttar Pradesh June 22, 2020

A Christian family has been the subject of increased harassment from family members to renounce their faith and leave the shared house or face death. The persecution takes place while the patriarch is away for extended business travel. 

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Pakistan: Christian Couple Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Hopes for Justice June 16, 2020

In 2013, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta, were accused of blasphemy for allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran, imprisoned and sentenced to death.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Government Denies Entry to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom June 16, 2020

According to reports, India has refused to grant entry visas to representatives of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, arriving to investigate reports of increased intolerance against India’s religious minority,

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Myanmar: 105,000 Kachin IDPs Trapped in Myanmar Camps June 16, 2020

Civil war between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army on northern Myanmar’s Kachin state continues to be a nightmare for the Christian majority ethnic Kachin people who find themselves in IDP camps and nowhere to go.

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India: Christian Boy, Sixteen, Stabbed and Stoned to Death for His Faith June 16, 2020

Last week, Incited by Hindu extremists, followers of traditional tribal religion abducted a 16-year-old Christian boy from his home and stabbed and stoned him to death for his faith.

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India: Fourteen-Year-Old Christian Boy Murdered by Islamists June 13, 2020

According to local reports, Sombura Madkami, a 14-year-old Christian boy from Kenduguda village, was kidnapped and brutally murdered by Islamists in the jungle.

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Burkina Faso: Islamists Kill Christians June 13, 2020

Armed Islamic militants killed 58 people including children in attacks in Northern Burkina Faso at the end of May. The attacks targeted Christians and humanitarian workers serving IDP camps in the region.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Shot for Purchasing Home in “Muslim Neighborhood” June 13, 2020

On June 4, Christian Nadeem Joseph and his family were attacked by Muslim neighbors after moving into the TV Colony of Peshawar, the capital of the Khybar Pakhtunkhawa province in Pakistan.

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China: New State Department Report Highlights Persecution June 11, 2020

The U.S. Department of State published its 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom today, citing religious persecution in China is considerably longer, more involved, and more detailed than in previous years. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Killed Sixty-Nine People in Northern Region June 11, 2020

This Tuesday afternoon, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 69 people, stole 1,200 cattle and camels and razed a village to the ground in northern Nigeria’s Borno state.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Unresponsive or Hostile Toward Christians Beaten in Jharkhand June 11, 2020

Police in India further fueling persecution of Christians by refusing to register a complaint about an attack that sent Christians to the hospital, and falsely accusing other victims’ relatives in an assault in a separate village.

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Nigeria: Nine Christians Killed in Gun and Machete Attack in North-Central Region June 11, 2020

Women and children were among nine Christians shot or hacked to death in an attack on Wednesday (June 3) in north-central Nigeria, with seven others kidnapped, sources said.

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Pakistan: Family of Abducted Christian Girl Petitions High Court for her Return June 8, 2020

According to Independent Catholic News (ICN), a Christian family has gone to the High Court in Pakistan to fight for the return of their 14-year-old daughter, Maira Shahbaz, who was abducted in late April by a man who forced her to abandon her Christian faith and marry him.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Bishop Abducted at Gunpoint June 3, 2020

Last week, Bishop Joseph Masin was abducted when gunmen attacked his home in Nasarawa State. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is urging officials to garner his safe return. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Brutally Beaten by Hindu Radicals in Northern Region June 3, 2020

On Thursday, Pastor Dinesh Kumar was brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists after returning from a prayer meeting in Uttar Pradesh. He remains unconscious in the hospital. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Student Died After a Brutal Attack in Church June 3, 2020

A few days after Uwaila Vera Omozuwa was brutally raped and attacked in the church of the Redeemed Christian Church of God while studying during the COVID-19 lockdown, she succumbed to her injuries.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Militants Attacked Christians in Kaduna State, Twenty Killed June 1, 2020

Last week, at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks on farming villages in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Several others are either injured or missing.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Food Aid Denied to Christians by Hindu Radical Groups June 1, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, Christians went to collect food provided by the Indian government, however, they were denied access to the aid unless they renounced their faith.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christians Pray for Kidnapped Woman’s Return May 28, 2020

Update on the kidnapping and forced conversion of Egyptian teacher Rania Abd el-Messiah caught on videotape on April 23. Reports are circulating that there are three people in police custody.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nepal: Supreme Court Refuses Bail to Pastor Who Prayed against COVID-19 May 28, 2020

The Supreme Court of Nepal refused bail to Pastor Keshav Acharya and sent him back to prison for the duration of his trial. He was imprisoned when police accused him of spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Democratic Republic of Congo: Suspected Islamist Group Kills Seventeen May 28, 2020

On Monday, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who claim a loose affiliation with the Islamic State group, attacked the village of Makutano a northeastern village in DRC, killing at least 17.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Mobs Threaten Sixteen Christian Families Every Night for Nearly Three Weeks May 28, 2020

Tribal mobs went to the homes of 16 families of a church in Jharkhand state, India every night for nearly three weeks, threatening to kill them if they didn’t return to their animistic religion.

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Turkey: Administration Denies Greek Genocide – Again May 26, 2020

On Tuesday, the remembrance day of the Greek (Pontian) Genocide, Athens issued a statement honoring the Greeks killed by Ottoman Turkey between 1913 and 1922. It was aggressively rebutted by Turkish authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Wuhan Preacher Taken Away During Online Evangelism Event May 26, 2020

On May 23, as the “Proclaim Jesus Gospel Gathering” was taking place via Zoom, the police in Wuhan, came and took preacher Luo from Nanjing Road Church. He was released after 4.5 hours of interrogation.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulanis Kill Two Christians, Kidnap Two Others in Kaduna State May 26, 2020

Armed Muslim Fulanis killed two Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria and burned down almost all the houses in the village, two days after two others were kidnapped, sources said.

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Uganda: Muslim Father Burns Daughter for Becoming Christian May 24, 2020

 Rehema Kyomuhendo was introduced to Christ while on a business trip with her father, a Muslim teacher, but when she committed her life to him, her father beat and burned her on several areas of her body.

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Nigeria: Seven Women Kidnapped, Forcefully Married in March and April May 18, 2020

According to the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO), 6 young women and one older married lady were kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam, and married off to Muslim men since late March.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christian Families Slain in Their Homes in Kaduna State May 18, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered families in Christian areas of Nigeria on Monday (May 11), killing 17 men, women and children in Kaduna state days after a pastor and missionary were abducted.

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Nepal: Pastor Re-Arrested on New Series of Charges to Keep Him in Jail May 18, 2020

 A pastor arrested in Nepal in March on charges of giving false information for saying prayer could heal COVID-19 was released last month – and then immediately re-arrested on new charges of “outraging religious feelings.”

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Nigeria: Two Christians Killed in Villages in Adamawa State May 12, 2020

Two Christian farming villages were attacked very early in the morning in Adamawa State. These villages have long dealt with deadly attacks by Fulani militants and have suffered much. On May 12, Fulani militants again raided the recovering communities and killed at least two people.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Justice for Huma May 12, 2020

In October, 2019, 14-year-old Huma Masih, was abducted from her home in Karachi, Pakistan. Days later, her parents were told she had “converted” to Islam, and “married” her abductor. Her parents have been fighting for her return ever since.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Home of Christian Parliamentarian Attacked by Gunmen May 12, 2020

On April 29, four unidentified motorcyclists open fire on the home of Khalil Tahir Sindu, a Christian parliamentarian, likely due to his vocal support for the rights and protections of religious minorities in Pakistan. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Families Summoned, Beaten and Threatened with Death in Chhattisgarh May 12, 2020

Animists in central India last week told five Christian families they would lose their harvest lands unless they returned to their tribal religion and beat them when they refused.

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Nigeria: Four Christians Killed, Head of High School and Family Shot in North-central Region May 9, 2020

Fulani herdsmen shot Rev. Bayo Famonure, head of Christian high school Messiah College, a Christian leader and his family in one part of Plateau state two days after they killed four Christians in another part of the state.

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Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 13 Christians, Kidnap 13 Others in Kaduna State May 9, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked five predominantly Christian villages in Kaduna state killing 13, kidnapped 13 others and displacing more than 1,000 people from their homes.

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Nigeria: Herdsmen Ambush Christian Couple with Machetes in Plateau State May 9, 2020

 Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked a Christian couple in Plateau state, Nigeria with machetes on Sunday (April 26), leaving the husband with serious injuries, sources said.

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Pakistan: Fourteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Abducted in Faisalabad District May 4, 2020

a 14-year-old Christian girl from Madina Town, in Punjab, Pakistan, was abducted by a group of armed Muslim men as she traveled to her workplace as a domestic worker. Her family is begging for her return.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Expectations of Justice Low for Grieving Family of Street Sweeper May 4, 2020

Last week a Christian sanitation worker died after a police car struck him in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Police compensated the family with the equivalent of $620 US dollars, despite Islamic laws that would entitle them to more than $20,000.

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Egypt: Christian Woman Kidnapped, Converted May 2, 2020

A video began circulating three days after an Egyptian Christian woman was kidnapped by two veiled women, announcing that she has converted to Islam. Family and friends say she is being forced to comply with her abductors.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Algeria: USCIRF Designates African Nation as Religious Freedom Violator for First Time Ever May 2, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom added Algeria to its 2020 annual report on the world’s worst religious freedom violators. 

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India: Religious Persecution Highlighted by USCIRF’s 2020 Annual Report May 2, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has listed India among the world’s worst religious freedom violators in its 2020 Annual Report, released earlier this week. 

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Pakistan: Christian Family Continues to Suffer Following Recovery of Abducted Daughter May 2, 2020

The family of a young girl recently returned after being abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor remains in hiding today for fear of retaliation and ongoing harassment by her abductors.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Police Arrest Pastor on Fabricated Charges May 2, 2020

Presbyterian assistant pastor Sarfaraz Raja said his involvement and prior complaints of criminal activities were behind his arrest on Good Friday on falsified charges that he was illegally manufacturing and selling liquor.

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Nigeria: Two Slain, Church Building Burned in Islamist Attacks May 2, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two people, kidnapped another and burned down a church building and pastor’s home in attacks on predominantly Christian areas in north-central Nigeria.

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Nigeria: Couple Abducted from Wedding in Attacks that Kill 12 Christians May 2, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northwest Nigeria killed 12 Christians and kidnapped several people including couple from their church wedding ceremony in attacks this month, sources said.

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Turkey: World Commemorates Armenian Genocide April 28, 2020

April 24 marks the day when the world commemorates the 1915 Armenian genocide committed by Ottoman-era Turks. It was the day 250 Armenian leaders were arrested, deported and later massacred. Turkey still does not acknowledge it as genocide.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Elderly Woman Breaks Both Hands Fleeing Islamist April 28, 2020

Lawe village awoke to gunfire from a group of Islamist attacking their village. Sixty-year-old widow Elsie escaped her home to the pitch black night, and while escaping, fell and broke both of her hands.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor in Central Region Attacked for Police Report on Prior Assault, Expulsion April 28, 2020

Tribal animists in central India who demolished a pastor’s house and drove him and his family out of their village in March seriously injured him in an assault this month.

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Iran: Christian Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Flogging and Prison April 25, 2020

Christian human rights activist Mary Fatima Mohammadi received a suspended prison sentence of three months and a flogging of 10 lashes by the Iranian government.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Two House Churches Raided Local Authorities April 25, 2020

Within two days, a house church in China’s Xiamen, a city in southeastern Fujian province, and a house church in Guoyang County in the northwest Anhui Province were raided by police and local authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Kano State Governor Appears in Conversion Video of Teen Girl April 25, 2020

A video was released of a young girl being led by the governor in a conversion ritual from Christianity to Muslim, an illegal act as a governor of a secular state is unable to promote any religion and this girl was a minor.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

Nigeria: Four Christians Killed in Kaduna State April 25, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed four Christians and set fire to more than 35 homes in Kaduna state on Sunday, a day after an Anglican priest was kidnapped in southern Nigeria, sources said.

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India: Gunmen Shoot, Wound Daughter of Pastor Slain in 2015 April 25, 2020

Neelam Purty, daughter of pastor slain five years ago in the same house in Sandih village, was shot by two masked men looking for the “woman working as a spy.” Suspecting Purty, they shot her in the thumb and thigh and drove off.  

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Uganda: Young Christian Woman and Pregnant Convert Seriously Injured in Eastern Region April 20, 2020

A young woman who told a Muslim about Christ and a pregnant, formerly Muslim woman beaten for her new faith suffered serious injuries in eastern Uganda, sources said.

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Nigeria: Herdsmen Kill Christian Student in Kaduna State, Pastor in Southern Region, Source Say April 20, 2020

A Christian student was killed in an attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state on April 16, a week after a pastor was slain at his church building residence in southern Nigeria, sources said.

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Nigeria: Christians Killed in Ambushes in Two North-Central States April 17, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen decapitated two Christians in Benue state in Nigeria and another group of herdsmen in Plateau state shot a Christian farmer dead, in the first two weeks of April.

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Nigeria: Six Children, Pregnant Mother Among Nine Christians Killed in Islamist Attack April 17, 2020

About a dozen herdsmen armed with rifles and machetes raided Hura-Maiyanga village, in the Plateau state’s Bassa County, killing nine people. Among them, six children and a pregnant woman.

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China: Pastor Charged with Subversion of State Power April 14, 2020

Zhao Huaiguo, pastor of Bethel Church in China, was criminally detained by the government for “inciting subversion of state power” following his refusal to join the state-vetted Three-Self church. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Beaten into Coma by Tribal Animists in Odisha State April 14, 2020

A mob of 60 tribal animist villagers in India had stormed the home of Kama Sodi and beat him with wooden sticks until he was left unconscious. Threatening to kill the family, the mob threw their belongings outside and told them to leave the village.

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Nigeria: Pastor, 10-Year-Old Boy and Two Other Christians Killed in Plateau State April 14, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (April 7) killed a pastor and three members of his congregation, including a 10-year-old boy, sources said.

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Iran: Christian Finds Warm Welcome in Exile April 14, 2020

Upon his release from seven years in prison for “crimes against national security,” a judge ordered Islam convert Ebrahim Firoozi to exile, hoping he would face harsh persecution among Muslims. On the contrary, Firoozi was met with a warm welcome.  

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Cuba: Intelligence Officers Ratchet Up Harassment of Christian Journalist April 14, 2020

Intelligence officials in Cuba have increased harassment of a Christian journalist, threatening harsh consequences to him and his mother if he continues reporting on human rights issues.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Community During Lockdown in Adamawa State April 8, 2020

Despite the state’s lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, Boko Haram militants attacked the Kirchinga village of Adamawa State where it is feared many were killed and homes and businesses burned.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Over 100 Christian Families Denied Food Aid Amid COVID-19 Crisis April 8, 2020

International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented another instance of Pakistani Christians being turned away from an aid distribution because of their religious identity, marking the third incident of discrimination.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Ancha Village Suffers Another Attack, Government Does Nothing April 6, 2020

Days before a deadly attack in Ancha village, the community had noticed suspicious movement in and around their village and called on the government for help. It didn’t arrive until after the attackers left. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Leaders Report Another Incident of Aid Being Denied to Christians April 6, 2020

Christian leaders in Pakistan are reporting another incident in which they were denied government food aid amid the COVID-19 crisis, marking the second report of government aid being denied to minorities in Pakistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christian Village Suffers Eighth Attack in Three Years April 6, 2020

Over the course of two days and nights, Fulani Herdsmen stormed two villages – one for the eighth time in three years – killing at least 10 people and burning more than 30 homes. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Released by Authorities April 6, 2020

Iranian Christian Amin Khaki was released from serving his 14-month prison sentence which began this past July. He had been furloughed last month because of the COVID-19 outbreak but told not to return.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Herdsmen Kill More than 60 Christians in Five Weeks, Sources Say April 6, 2020

Nigerian Christians living in the Plateau state were the target of a rash of attacks by Fulani herdsmen and Islamic groups in late March/early April. As a result of the attacks, more than 60 Christians were killed in just five weeks. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Abducted Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Returned to Christian Family March 30, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nepal: Pastor Arrested for Praying Against COVID-19 Virus March 30, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iraq: Curfew Causes Damages for Christian IDPs March 30, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Minorities Claim They Were Refused Aid Due to Their Religious Identities March 30, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

South Sudan: Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan March 30, 2020

Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Pastors in Northern India Falsely Imprisoned by Police for Three Days March 27, 2020

Two pastors in northern India were falsely imprisoned for three days after being assaulted by Hindus. The attack took place after the pastors shared a Gospel tract with a shopkeeper in Uttar Pradesh.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Abducted Pastor, Who was Presumed Dead, Released by Arakan Army March 27, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh March 23, 2020

Forcing them to pose like Christ on the cross, police last week beat Christians in custody on baseless charges in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Myanmar: Military Jets Open Fire on Christian Chin Villages, Killing 21 People March 23, 2020

A total of 21 villagers were killed and about two dozen injured when military jets opened fire on four majority Christian villages in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) over the weekend.

Read more: Christian News Network

India: Pastor Continues Ministry in the Face of Escalating Persecution March 23, 2020

Christians in Uttar Pradesh are facing intimidation, harassment, arrest, or assault following a press conference by a Hindu nationalist group vowing to stop Christian conversions in the region. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fifteen-Year-Old Christian Girl Escapes Captors who Forced Marriage and Conversion March 23, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: High Court Rejects Plea by Hindu Nationalists to Ban Religious Conversions March 23, 2020

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.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Families Beaten and Banned from Village in Northeast Region March 18, 2020

Two Christian families were beaten and banned from their home village after they refused to recant their Christian faith in December 2019. They faithfully continue to endure persecution. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Four Christians Tortured by Police March 18, 2020

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. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Hospital Attacked by Extremists March 18, 2020

A Christian hospital in India’s Karnataka state was attacked by Hindu extremists after a hospital official was asked about a Bible by a Hindu patient. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Fearing for Children’s Lives, Christian Family Refrains from Reporting Assault to Police March 18, 2020

Tribal animists in central India drove a Christian family into the jungle last week, with one later intercepting their 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her if she went to school again, her father said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Muslim Employer Beats Christian Employee for Asking to Go to Church March 17, 2020

Eighteen-year-old Shan Masih was reportedly “tortured” by his Muslim employer in Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to local sources, the Muslim employer used sticks and an iron rod to beat Masih after he asked for leave to attend church.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Bangladesh: Christian Rohingya Refugees Attacked, Kidnapped March 17, 2020

Human Rights Watch has confirmed reports that suspected Muslim, ethnic Rohingya beat and kidnapped Rohingya Christians in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. At least 12 Rohingya Christians were hospitalized with injuries.

Read more: Morning Star News

Sudan: Muslim Convert in Hiding After Receiving Threats from Community March 17, 2020

 Ahmed Alnour, a tribesman of the ethnic Misseriya Arabs was working as a scrap trader supporting his wife and seven children when Muslims in the area found out he was a Christian. They threatened his life and burned down his home, forcing him to seek hiding elsewhere.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christian Leader in Madhya Pradesh Run Over by Motorcycles, Sources Say March 10, 2020

Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on Tuesday (March 3) when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iran: Pastor Sentenced Without Court Hearing March 8, 2020

Pastor Matthias Hagnejad found that his five-year prison sentence was upheld after Iran’s Supreme Leader gave the judges special permission to bypass court procedures. He was convicted for “acting against national security.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Civilian Deaths Due to Conflict Rise by 650% March 8, 2020

According to statistics released by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED), Burkina Faso has seen a rise of 650 percent in civilian deaths from 173 in 2018 to 1295 deaths in 2019.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: President Trump’s Missed Opportunity March 8, 2020

Last week, President Trump made his first state visit to India missing a vital opportunity to speak out against religious persecution in India and instead praised PM Modi’s “incredible” stance on religious freedom.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Mauritania: Christians Among Activists Arrested March 8, 2020

In mid-February, seven people were accused of being political activists against the Islamic republic of Mauritania, specifically “offending the Muslim religion” and “insults against Allah.” 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Finland: Parliament Member Investigated for Expressing Christian Views March 8, 2020

Paivi Rasanen, a member of the Finnish Parliament, is being investigated by the Prosecutor General’s office because of a tweet she put out in favor of a traditional view of marriage as well as a booklet published in 2004 explaining her beliefs in more detail.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: President Trump Claims of Religious Freedom Not Supported by Evidence March 4, 2020

President Trump praised Prime Minister Modi on the issue of religious freedom, despite the fact that persecution against Christians and Muslims has spiked since the BJP-led government took over. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Over Fifty Killed in Attack on Kaduna Village, Villagers Blame Boko Haram March 4, 2020

Villagers believe Boko Haram was behind an attack that killed 50 people, young and old, and devastated their community.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Government Admits Boko Haram Targeting Christians March 4, 2020

In a complete switch, the Nigerian government released a statement that Boko Haram and its affiliate, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), are now specifically targeting Christians.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Two Christians Shot While Attempting to Construct a New Church March 4, 2020

Three Christians in Pakistan’s Sahiwal district were attacked and severely injured by a mob of enraged Muslims as they were attempting to build a new church for the village’s 150 Christians.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Family of Eleven Homeless for Leaving Islam March 3, 2020

A large family is seeking refuge at a church site after Islamist threats for leaving Islam forced them to flee their home. The church is now getting threats of destruction, and congregants are not returning for fear of attacks.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Tribal Villagers Beat Christian Family, Destroy Food Supply March 3, 2020

Not finding the Christian evangelist they planned to attack at home, worshippers of village deities in central-eastern India beat his mother, wife and 11-month-old son and destroyed a year’s food supply.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Christian Tortured to Death for Bathing in Muslims’ Well March 2, 2020

A young Christian man died today after a Muslim landowner chained and tortured him, accusing him of “polluting” his tube-well water by rinsing in it.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Indian-American Christians Urge President Trump to Visit Persecuted Christians During State Visit February 28, 2020

A group of Indian-American Christians has urged President Donald Trump to visit with India’s Christian community during his upcoming state visit next week in an effort to help him understand the growing persecution faced by Christians and other minorities. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: President Trump to Raise Concerns Over Religious Freedom February 28, 2020

According to an official statement, President Donald Trump will raise the issues of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities with Prime Minister Modi during this two-day state visit to India.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Fulani Islamist Attack Christian Village Trying to Rebuild February 28, 2020

Two years ago, Fulani Islamists attacked Bang village, causing the residents to flee. They returned hoping to rebuild in peace, but this week they were attacked again. Several homes were burned and their village leader killed.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

Burkina Faso: Suspected Jihadist Attack on Church Service Kills 24 February 27, 2020

Suspected jihadists killed 24 Christians during a church service in Burkina Faso, including the church pastor. Eighteen others were wounded in the attack.

Read more: Morning Star News

Vietnam: Human Rights Group Urges EU to Highlight Religious Freedom in Dialogue February 27, 2020

Human Rights Watch submitted recommendations to the EU, asking to focus on five priority areas regarding the dire human rights situation in Vietnam, during the 9th European Union-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Burns Several Churches and Many Houses in Recent Attack February 26, 2020

Boko Haram destroyed three worship sites and an unspecified number of houses in northeast Nigeria, displacing thousands. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Syria: Trials for ISIS Members Will Begin in March February 25, 2020

The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has announced that with the support of the Finnish Government, a special court will be established next month that will try foreign ISIS members.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Eight Christians Acquitted of False Forced Conversion Charges February 25, 2020

Following a two-and-a-half-year legal battle, a court in India’s Madhya Pradesh state acquitted eight Christians falsely accused of attempting to forcefully convert 60 children to Christianity while accompanying them to Bible camp. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Leah Sharibu Hits Two Years in Captivity, Reports of Birth Emerge February 25, 2020

It has been two years since Leah Sharibu and 109 other girls were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by Boko Haram. Leah is the only girl from that incident who is still in captivity because she has been unwilling to recant her faith in Christ.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Two Christians Murdered in Bus Attack February 25, 2020

Three people were killed yesterday and two others injured when suspected al-Shabaab militants laid siege to a passenger bus traveling from Mandera to Nairobi, Kenya. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Banished from Village in Northeast Region by Hindus Using False Criminal Accusations February 25, 2020

A pastor in northeastern India was banished from a village where he led a regular worship service after Hindu nationalists falsely accused him of engaging in illegal conversions. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Abducted Christian Girl Rescued and Returned to Family February 19, 2020

A 14-year-old Christian girl from Lahore, was kidnapped, and forced to marry and convert to Islam by a group of Muslim men. Five days after the abduction, police were able to rescue the young girl and return her to her family.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Malaysia: Missing Pastor Joshua Hilmy Once Targeted by Religious Authorities February 19, 2020

A public inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Joshua and Ruth Hilmy begins today, after the couple went missing in November 2016. It has already revealed the pastor had been recently contacted by unnamed religious authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Islamist Attack Three Christian Villages, 32 Killed February 19, 2020

Fulani militants attacked three Christian villages in the Plateau State, Nigeria, killing at least 32 people and burning down four churches.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill Dozens in Church Attack February 18, 2020

Gunmen believed to be a part of an Islamic Terror group attacked a church in Northern Burkina Faso, killing at least 24 people including the pastor of the church, and wounding 18. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: New Hong Kong Chief Known for Christian Prosecution is Appointed February 18, 2020

China announced yesterday that it will put Xia Baolong, previously known for removing thousands of crosses from churches in Zhejiang province, in charge of the cabinet-level office that oversees Hong Kong and Macau affairs.

Read more: International Christian Concern

United States: Lawmakers Call on Trump to Prioritize Religious Freedom in India During State Visit February 18, 2020

Four U.S. lawmakers have called on President Trump and the U.S. State Department to prioritize assessing India’s deteriorating religious freedom as a part of their scheduled visit on February 24 and 25.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Woman Beaten and Abandoned by Family Over Conversion February 16, 2020

In February 2019, Podiya Madakami converted to Christianity. This enraged her husband who kicked Podiya and their daughter out of the family home. They have sought shelter with a Christian family nearby.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Amnesty International Accuses Military of “Possible War Crimes” February 16, 2020

Amnesty International has reported that the Nigerian Military has again conducted possible war crimes against its own people. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Court Validates Forced Conversion, Marriage of Christian Girl to Muslim February 16, 2020

A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Church Decimated After Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh February 16, 2020

Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized.

Read more: Morning Star News

Cuba: Pastor Being Pressured to Renounce Homeschooling February 16, 2020

A Cuban pastor and his wife are now reportedly being tortured after having been imprisoned for homeschooling their children.

Read more: One News Now

Nigeria: Five Million Christians March to Protest Persecution February 12, 2020

Following a three-day fast at the call issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria, an estimated five million people marched in 28 of Nigeria’s 36 states, to raise their voices against ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria. 

Read more: Christianity Today

Eritrea: A Forsaken Peace Deal February 12, 2020

 A peace treaty after a 20-year border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia was supposed to be an end to the human rights abuse and persecution of all citizens under the tyrannical rule of Isaias Afwerki, but there is much to show otherwise.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Seminarian Found Dead After Suspected Boko Haram Kidnapping February 11, 2020

Nigerian Christians are mourning the death of 18-year-old seminarian, Michael Nnadi, who was kidnapped along with three others studying at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna.

Read more: International Christian Concernhttps://www.persecution.org/2020/02/07/seminarian-found-dead-suspected-boko-haram-kidnapping/

Turkey: Elderly Christian Couple Missing for One Month February 11, 2020

One month has passed since the disappearance of Hurmuz and Simoni Diril, an elderly Christian couple living in Turkey who were abducted by the PKK. There are no indications regarding their status nor whereabouts.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

India: Pastor Falsely Accused of Destroying Hindu Idols February 11, 2020

On February 9, members of a Hindu group attacked a small house church located in Uttar Pradesh, dropping Hindu idols and blaming the Christians for their decimation. As a result, the pastor and family were taken into police custody.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Zhejiang Church Raided, Members Detained February 6, 2020

Local authorities raided a church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province and removed furniture, piano, and cookware from the church, citing lack of registration for their actions.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Democratic Republic of Congo: Thirty-six People Killed in Attack by Islamists in Eastern Region February 6, 2020

Islamists in Eastern DRC attacked and killed dozens of people in four small villages, as well as an Anglican pastor who was ambushed while traveling with his wife. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: More Attacks Leave Dozens Dead February 6, 2020

In the last two weeks, Burkina Faso has experienced two significant attacks against its people, contributing to the small Western African country being called the fastest-growing humanitarian crisis in Africa.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Granted Early Prison Release February 6, 2020

Iranian authorities have granted a Christian convert an early release from prison on February 2nd. Two other converts arrested with him are expected to be given an early release on February 8th.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus in Southern Region Beat Christian Children, Accuse Worshippers February 6, 2020

Hindus in southern India who beat Christian children during worship on Jan. 19 and then filed a police complaint against the congregation left them with a warning to keep their mouths shut or else.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christians in Southern Region Attacked, Harassed, and Displaced by Extremists February 3, 2020

A mob of 100 extremists attacked the Christian homes of Banni Mardatti village. Using wooden clubs and sharp stones, the mob ransacked the homes, breaking windows and leaving several Christians severely wounded.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Bangladesh: Christian Leaders Condemn Attack on Rohingya Christians February 3, 2020

Christian leaders in Bangladesh have condemned a violent attack on Rohingya Christians in a refugee camp earlier this week, forcing some 25 Christian families to move to a UN transit camp.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Violence in Plateau State Escalates with more Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Attacks February 3, 2020

At least 32 people were killed and a pastor’s house and church building were burned down in two nights of attacks this week by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state, Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Christians Slain, Wounded, Kidnapped in Plateau State January 29, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two Christians in separate attacks in Plateau state this month, in addition to the 13 Christians from the same denomination killed on Jan. 8, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Severe Attack in Northern Region Devastates Families, Church January 27, 2020

Recent attacks against Christians in northern India have devasted a community when its pastor was dragged away from the church and brutally beaten. Congregants now won’t return to the church for fear of more abuse. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Sudan: Church Buildings Burned Down Twice in One Month January 27, 2020

Temporary worship structures in southeastern Sudan were set ablaze on Jan. 16, three weeks after the buildings they had replaced were burned down, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Islamist Targets Christian; Brutally Attacks January 25, 2020

Rafek Karem was targeted by a man who attacked him with a knife, creating a 7 cm injury running along his ear, near his neck. The attacker was jailed for four days but the case has been referred to a misdemeanor court.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Reverend Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Adamawa State January 25, 2020

In the early morning hours of January 20, unknown gunmen attacked and killed Reverend Dennis Baguri, pastor with the Lutheran Church of Christ, in his home.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Three Year Prison Sentence for Christian January 23, 2020

Iran has sentenced Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad to three years in prison for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.”  He has 20 days to appeal his sentence.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Kidnapped Christian Student Executed by Islamists in Northeast Region January 23, 2020

Islamic State-affiliated terrorists have executed a Christian university student kidnapped earlier this month in northeast Nigeria, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Executes Brethren Pastor in Northeast Region January 22, 2020

The Reverend Lawan Andimi of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), was executed on January 20, just two weeks following a video that was released where he said he trusted in God should he lose his life to Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Myanmar: Abducted Christian Parliamentarian Released January 22, 2020

After being abducted nearly three months ago by the Arakan Army, International Christian Concern reports that Christian parliamentarian U Hawi Tin has been released to his family. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Two Young Christian Women Killed in Kaduna State January 22, 2020

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two young Christian women and injured three young Christian men in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria, on Jan. 17, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christian Family Unwelcome in Homecoming January 20, 2020

Jagu Purti, his wife and his son all accepted Christ several years ago in 2016. Once they were baptized, their family began to act strangely and eventually kicked them out of the family home. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Algeria: Order Issued to Close Church Building in Oran January 20, 2020

 An order to close a church building in the city of Oran, Algeria was issued last fall but was not conveyed to the pastor until last weekend, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Algeria: A Catch-22 for Churches January 20, 2020

Two of Algeria’s largest churches were recently forcibly closed by the government. In total, 12 churches were closed from January to November 2019 – eight within a period of six weeks – for their inability to produce a permit that the government has failed to issue.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Large-Scale Killings, Kidnappings Hit Christians in Kaduna State, Sources Say January 20, 2020

More than 200 Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked 10 predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria in two weeks, killing at least 35 people and kidnapping 58 others, including a mother and her 6-month-old baby, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Pastor Faces Ten Years on Unprecedented Charges January 14, 2020

Three women in Hubei Province, China are facing persecution regarding fraud charges over church donations. According to Chinese lawyer Si Weijiang, this is probably the first case in the country of such a charge.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Israel: Bethlehem’s Beleaguered Christians January 14, 2020

Life in the birthplace of Christ is difficult for Christians, where they face Islamic oppression from the Palestinian Authority. Beleaguered, the majority of Christ-followers have left, causing their population to dwindle from 86% in 1950s to 12% in 2016.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Three Christian Teachers Killed in Northeast Region January 14, 2020

Somali Al Shabaab rebels killed three Christian teachers in northeast Kenya at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 13), sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Indonesia: Activist Charged for Highlighting Christian Persecution January 13, 2020

Indonesian activist Sudarto reported on the banning of Christmas celebrations in West Sumatra, a conservative Muslim province. According to his lawyer, he has since been charged under a controversial “hate speech” law.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: March for Jesus Held After Years of Oppression January 13, 2020

On December 23, Sudanese Christians rejoiced as they celebrated a holiday tradition that had been suspended and threatened for years under former President Omar al-Bashir.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Syria: Three Hundred and Thirty Four ISIS Members Released January 13, 2020

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have released 334 ISIS members over the course of this week, following days of discussion with Arab tribal leaders living in the Deir ez-Zor area of northeast Syria.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Islamists Responsible For 250 Deaths in Western African Nation January 13, 2020

Islamists in Burkina Faso have killed at least 250 civilians since April 2019, making the small Western African nation one of the “fastest growing displacement crises” and humanitarian crises.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani Islamist Kill Thirteen Christians, Wound Three in Central Region January 13, 2020

Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria in early January, the same day four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians January 9, 2020

On January 8, the Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a petition that called for Dalit and other low caste Christians to receive the same government benefits and protection given to their Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh counterparts.

Read more: International Christian Concern

South Sudan: Vice President Sanctioned by U.S. January 9, 2020

On January 8, the United States Treasury Department announced in a statement that sanctions were imposed on South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: New Law Requires Christians to Fully Submit to Communist Party January 8, 2020

The Chinese government has tightened its reign on its citizens by announcing that all religious personnel of any faith must submit to and evangelize about the Chinese Communist Party.

Read more: Christian Headlines

India: Church Demolished by Suspected Radicals in Southern Region January 8, 2020

Grace Gospel Church was attacked and demolished by suspected radical Hindu nationalist in a village located in Tamil Nadu state, causing $3,500 in damages. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Jail Sentence Begins for Pastor’s Son January 8, 2020

Ramiel Bet-Tamraz, the son of an Assyrian-Iranian pastor, will begin to serve a four-month sentence for “crimes against national security.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps Christian Leader in Attacks January 8, 2020

A leader of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria pleaded for help on a video released on Jan. 5 after Islamic extremists with Boko Haram kidnapped him last week.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: U.S. Officials Condemn Pastor Imprisonment January 6, 2020

The Trump administration has condemned Chinese authorities’ for sentencing Pastor Wang Yi on December 26. The pastor has been imprisoned since December 2018 and recently received a nine-year sentence.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Four Christians Arrested for Reading Bibles Near Hindu Temple January 6, 2020

Four Christians in India’s Andhra Pradesh state were arrested after they were seen reading Bibles and posing for a photograph near a Hindu temple. They were released on bail after appearing in court.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christian Houses Set on Fire January 6, 2020

Egyptian Christian houses were set on fire on December 24th  just days before Coptic Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th. The fire was set because the Christians had wanted to pray together in the days preceding Christmas. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Charged with Illegally Practicing Medicine for Praying for Healing January 6, 2020

Christians arrested in India after Hindu nationalist, tribal villagers disrupted their worship service spent Christmas in jail before they were released on bail after 11 days – accused of illegally practicing medicine.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Beheads Bride and Bridal Party Members on the Way to Wedding January 6, 2020

Boko Haram affiliate, Islamic State West Africa Province killed a bride and her two closest friends who were heading to a wedding in Adamawa State.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

India: Police in Uttar Pradesh Most Harsh on Christians, Sources Say January 6, 2020

Police in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state work in tandem with Hindu extremists to treat Christians and other religious minorities especially harshly, sources report.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: British Group States 1,000 Killed by “Fulani Radicals” December 31, 2019

Following a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, a British nonprofit started by U.K. member of Parliament Baroness Caroline Cox has reported that over 1,000 Christians have been killed this year in by Fulani extremists in the Middle Belt.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Pastor Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison December 31, 2019

Pastor Wang Yi from Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan was sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Community Hall in Eastern Region Ransacked by BJP Activists December 31, 2019

A Christian community hall in India’s West Bengal state was attacked and ransacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists allegedly led by BJP activists. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Affiliate Executes Eleven on Christmas Day December 31, 2019

On December 25, the Boko Haram sect known as Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a video showing the execution of 10 Christians and one Muslim to avenge the killings of two ISIS leaders.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Indonesia: Churches Sealed for the Second Year for Christmas December 30, 2019

While most people were able to celebrate Christmas at their churches, this year marked the second year for some churches in southeast Sumatra to have to hold their services at other places.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sri Lanka: Evangelicals Brace for New Attacks December 30, 2019

Sri Lanka voted for a new president on November 16 – and Christians are praying that he will not usher in another wave of persecution against Christians.

Read more: Juicy Ecumenism

Pakistan: Christian Family Claims Son was Killed in Factory December 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Daud Masih, a Christian teenager, was killed after reportedly being sexually assaulted by two Muslim men at an embroidery factory in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Authorities Ban Public Gatherings for Christmas December 26, 2019

Christians around China have been told that they should avoid holding public gatherings to celebrate Christmas, or else be arrested.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: African Nation Added to “Special Watch List” Due to Tolerance of Persecution December 25, 2019

On December 18, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced that the US government has added Nigeria to a Special Watch list for countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom.” 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Thailand: Dozens of Pakistani Christian Refugees Arrested in Bangkok December 25, 2019

Dozens of Pakistani Christian refugees in Bangkok, Thailand were arrested by immigration authorities in an early morning raid on December 19. According to UCA News, an estimated 36 people, including children, were arrested.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Christian Mother Loses Marriage for Turning to Christ December 25, 2019

A newly converted Christian woman kept her faith a secret from her husband until her young son began singing Christmas carols. Once her husband discovered her conversion, he divorced her. Expelled from their home she and her three sons sought refuge at an undisclosed site.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nepal: Seventeen Christians Arrested and Charged Under Country’s Anti-Conversion Law December 19, 2019

In late 2018, Nepal passed an anti-conversion law that essentially criminalized sharing one’s faith. Since then, at least 17 Christians, including both Nepalese citizens and foreigners, have been accused and arrested under this law.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Prepare for Another Not So Merry Christmas December 19, 2019

As many of the world’s Christians prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday, Christians in India are struggling with a growing sense of fear of increased persecution. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Axe-Wielding, Tribal Animists Set Church Ablaze December 19, 2019

Tribal animists in eastern India earlier this month surrounded a church building with axes, threatened to kill Christians within and later burned down the thatched-roof structure.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Releases Video of Abducted Christians December 18, 2019

Boko Haram recently released a video that shows 11 Christians who were abducted by the militant group at the end of November, pleading for assistance from Christian groups and the Nigerian government.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Village Church Burned by Hindus in Eastern Region December 18, 2019

On December 1st, radical Hindus burned down a small church located in India’s Odisha state. According to local Christians, the radicals had been harassing the Christian community for at least a week prior to the arson attack.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Crackdown on Christianity Ramps Up December 17, 2019

Chinese authorities have taken harsh measures against more churches, pastors and congregants, fining and jailing those who refuse to submit to the govt-sanctioned church. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Sudan: Abdalla Hamdok Pushes for Sanctions to be Lifted December 17, 2019

Just a few months old, Sudan’s new transitional government is taking significant steps to demonstrate to the world that the new order in Sudan is not just a restructuring but a fundamental rebirth.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cameroon: Boko Haram targets Christians in Region December 17, 2019

Beginning in December, Boko Haram militants moved into Cameroon and began an onslaught of attacks on Christians that left seven dead. More than 21 are missing and believed to have been kidnapped. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus Attack Christian Brothers After Staging Fake Reconciliation Meeting December 17, 2019

Two Christian brothers were attacked and badly beaten by Hindus in India’s Odisha state when they were lured into thinking they were meeting with one of the brother’s estranged wife for reconciliation. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

‘The Bible is Banned’ – China Shuts Down Churches, Threatens Christians December 13, 2019

China’s crackdown on the booming house church movement continued this fall, with government officials raiding worship services and even telling Christians they could no longer read the Bible. 

Read more: Christian Headlines

Pakistan: Christian Wedding Violently Raided by Police December 12, 2019

Early this month, four policemen dressed in civilian clothes violently raided a Christian wedding ceremony in Gojra, Pakistan, beating several Christians and vandalizing the home where the ceremony was taking place.

Read more: International Christian Concern

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Should Be Reauthorized, Now December 12, 2019

NGOs, human rights advocates and various faith groups have raised their collective voice to demand the US Congress reauthorize its Commission on International Religious Freedom and make strides toward ensuring the advancement of religious freedom around the world. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus Deny 25 Christian Families Access to Water December 11, 2019

Earlier this month, 25 Christian families in India’s Karnataka state were attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists and had their home water supplies cut off for almost a week for refusing to recant their Christian faith.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: At Least Nine Christians Murdered in Attack December 11, 2019

Suspected members of Somali Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab intercepted a bus in northern Kenya on Friday, separated those who were not ethnic Somali Muslim and executed them.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Communist Party Censors Phone Owners Use of ‘Sensitive Words’ Like ‘Almighty God’ December 9, 2019

China’s Communist Party is cracking down on phone users by blocking words “sensitive to the state”—such as “Almighty God”—and deactivating numbers, according to the Christian Post.

Read more: Christian Headlines

Ethiopia: Two Pastors Beheaded by Radicals December 9, 2019

Local Muslim leader, Jawar Mohammed, recently lost his personal security protection granted to him by the state and responded by stirring up social fervor among his followers. The unrest snowballed into the deaths of 67, including two pastors who were beheaded.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Three Christians Imprisoned on False Blasphemy and Forced Conversion Charges December 9, 2019

Three Christians, including two pastors, for India’s Uttar Pradesh state were falsely accused of engaging in forced conversions to Christianity by radical Hindu nationalists and subsequently arrested and imprisoned. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Syria: No Christians Allowed: Muslim UN Officials Block Syrian Christian Refugees from Getting Help December 6, 2019

 Christian Syrian refugees have told CBN News that they have been blocked from getting help from the United Nations Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, by Muslim UN officials in Jordan.

Read more: CBN News

India: Animists Opposing Christianity Find Allies in Maoists, Police, Hindu Extremists December 6, 2019

In an area of central India, Christians who refuse to recant their faith are being expelled from their homes, refused burial and marriage rights and threatened with death by village leaders and neighbors with no protection from police.

Read more: Morning Star News

Iran: Imprisoned Christian Denied Medical Care December 6, 2019

A seriously ill Iranian Christian convert currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for his faith is being denied medical care by officials at Evin Prison, according to Article 18.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Family of Kidnapped Christian Teen Begs for Daughter’s Safe Return December 6, 2019

In early October, armed men kidnapped Huma, a 14-year-old Christian girl from her family. Since then, they have fought tirelessly to bring her home.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Country Could Become Another Syria, Warns the UN World Food Programme December 5, 2019

The UN World Food Program has issued warnings of an “escalating humanitarian crisis” in Burkina Faso. Much of the country is under attack by violent extremist groups from the north of the country and Mali, displacing nearing 3,000 people in four months.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Leaders Speak Out Against Proposed Anti-Conversion Law December 5, 2019

Christian leaders in India’s Uttar Pradesh state are speaking out against a proposed anti-conversion law, fearing the law will likely be abused against the state’s Christian community.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Fourteen Christians Killed During Church Service December 5, 2019

unidentified gunmen opened fire in the middle of a church service in Hantoukoura town of Burkina Faso, killing 14 people and injuring several others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Five Christians Freed on Bail After 11 Years of False Imprisonment December 5, 2019

After spending 11 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit, five Christians in eastern India were finally ordered to be freed.

Read more: Morning Star News

 

India: Hindu Violence Ends Christianity in Village in Northern Region December 5, 2019

The gruesome beating of a pastor’s family in northern India last month showed why a woman who was once Christian returned to Hinduism – and joined the mob attacking them.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: State Government in Uttar Pradesh Proposes Anti-Conversion Law November 27, 2019

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government of India’s Uttar Pradesh state proposed a draft bill that would regulate religious conversions and criminalize ‘forced conversions.’ 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Authorities Raid Last Independent News Site November 26, 2019

Cracking down on free speech, Egyptian authorities raided one of the last independent news sites in the country, Mada Masr, after having arrested one of their editors the day before. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Christian Poisoned by Brother November 26, 2019

Ronald Nayekuliza, a father of four, was recently poisoned at a memorial service for his father by his extended family because of his family’s newfound Christian faith.  

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Imprisoned Church Leader Faces Trial Today November 26, 2019

Qin Derfu, an elder from Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) who has been detained since last December during the government crackdown on churches, faced his trial today.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Beaten Unconscious Faces Charges by Hindu Extremists in Jkarkhand November 26, 2019

A pastor and his family in eastern India are facing police charges after Hindu extremists with an axe, bamboo rods and wooden sticks attacked them in their home, leaving the pastor for dead, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Four Christian Farmers Killed by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna State November 26, 2019

On November 14, Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed four Christians in north-central Nigeria, attacking them with machetes as they slept in their beds, according to area residents.

Read more: Morning Star News

Turkey: Christian Evangelist Murdered in Southeast Region November 22, 2019

Korean evangelist Jinwook Kim was stabbed on the streets in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir and later died from his injuries. The 41-year-old arrived in the city earlier this year and was pastoring a small community.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Lawyer Who Helped Christians Jailed November 22, 2019

Amirsalar Davoudi was sentenced to 30 years in prison for “collaborating with an enemy of the state ….” This was a result of his defending Christian convert Nasser Navard Goltapeh, who is imprisoned on national security charges because of his faith. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Exiled to Community of Militant Islamists November 22, 2019

A Christian in Iran convicted of conducting evangelistic activities began a mandated two years in exile this month in a remote area on the border with Pakistan.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Christian Family Attacked by Knife-Wielding​ Islamist; Son in Intensive Care November 22, 2019

A Christian is in critical condition after he, his mother and brother were stabbed in Egypt on the evening of November 17th, according to media reports.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Police and Hindu Nationalist Oppressing Christians November 22, 2019

India’s government revoked special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir state allowing it to have its own constitution. In doing so, the government ushered in security measures that make it nearly impossible for Christian congregations to meet.

Read more: Morning Star News

United States: Congressional Letter to India November 18, 2019

Congressman Mike Johnson of Louisiana has written to the new US Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, urging her to engage with her India counterpart on issues relating to the decline of religious freedom in India.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Communist Country Increases Church Surveillance and Monitoring November 18, 2019

Surveillance and tracking devices have reportedly been installed in churches across China as part of authorities increasing desire to control the movements of Christians in the country.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cameroon: Retired Pioneer Pastor and Others Killed in Latest Boko Haram Attacks November 18, 2019

On November 6, David Mokoni, a retired pioneer pastor, and a hearing-impaired Christian boy were brutally killed by Boko Haram during an assault on a church in the late evening. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Turkey: Promises to Restore Churches Fall Short November 18, 2019

At a press conference at the White House, Turkish President Erdogan promised that his country would restore damaged Syrian churches along the border. But Turkey has a longer history of vandalizing, confiscating, and desecrating historic churches than repairing them.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Rejected by Family After Losing Husband to Terrorism November 17, 2019

Only a year after losing her husband in Mandera, Kenya, Agnes Mwatha has been rejected by her husband’s family, denying her access to her husband’s estate.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Claims Their Son’s Murder is Being Covered Up November 17, 2019

The family of Akash Masih, an 18-year-old Christian who worked at Aman Bakery in Sialkot, Pakistan, claims that their son was murdered by his Muslim coworkers on September 24.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Home Destroyed in Apparent Arson Attack November 17, 2019

A Christian home in the Al-Noor Town neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan was set on fire by two unidentified arsonists. According to the Christian victim, the attack on his home is just the latest attempt to drive his family out of the neighborhood.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Schoolgirls and Teachers Released After Torture and Ransom November 13, 2019

Six girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria were kidnapped when gunmen believed to be Fulani militants raided the boarding school. They were released after enduring torture and beatings.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Syria: Christian Villages Evacuate November 13, 2019

When US troops withdrew from northern Syria, Turkey quickly attacked the Tal Tamir/Khabour area, where it is heavily populated with Christians. Of the 33 Christian village in that region, only 18 remain populated with a handful of families. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Afghanistan: European Court Stops Deportation of Afghan Christian November 13, 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has stopped the deportation of an Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland. According to the court’s ruling, the Christian would have faced serious danger if forced to return to Afghanistan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christians Ordered to Move Church November 10, 2019

For more than 26 years, Coptic Christians in Hgara village have struggled to rebuild and renew their church, Mar Girgis. Despite authority to do so, they have been met with much resistance from extreme Muslims. Now they are being told to move.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Villagers Beaten and Stopped from Constructing Church November 10, 2019

On November 4, a mob of armed Muslims stopped Christians from constructing a church building in village in Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to local Christians, they are being denied their basic constitutional rights by village leaders.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Turkey: Country Reacts to Armenian Genocide Bill November 7, 2019

Following a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 29th to recognize the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey a century ago, Turkey has begun an aggressive media campaign condemning the decision.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Turkey: H.R. 206 Officially Recognizes Armenian Genocide November 7, 2019

United States Congress establishes House Resolution 296 as formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide when 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of Ottoman-Turks between 1915 and 1923. The resolution also legitimatizes the word “genocide” as an official description of the event.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Watchdog Organization Reports Another Church Demolition November 7, 2019

According to China Aid, another Three-Self church in China’s Henan province has been demolished by the country’s communist regime, following harassment by government officials. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Five Christians in Northeast Region Beaten After Refusing to Recant Christian Faith November 7, 2019

Last Friday, five recently converted Christians from India’s Odisha state were beaten mercilessly with bamboo rods after they refused to recant their Christian faith. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Christians Harassed for Purchasing Christian Books Online November 7, 2019

For Chinese Christians who are purchasing Christian books through WeChat (instant messaging App) online shop, now they are facing risks of being invited to “tea session” (investigation) with local authorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Minister for Minority Affairs Claims Minorities are “Absolutely Safe” November 5, 2019

India’s Minister for Minority Affairs met with the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, telling him that the rights of minorities were absolutely safe in India and are being protected by the BJP-led government.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Finding Salvation in the Midst of Persecution: Kamcha’s Testimony November 5, 2019

Kamcha Miniaka’s witnessing of her husband’s resolve in the face of death threats showed her the strength of his love for Jesus and his willingness to die for Him.  In one night, she went from being against Christianity to surrendering her life to the one who surrendered His. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: U.S. Pastor Stranded After Arrest on Declarations Charge November 5, 2019

A U.S. pastor attending a Sunday School conference in India is stranded in the country after he was arrested for failing to report money he was carrying.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Police Put Christian Houses Under Surveillance in Tamil State October 31, 2019

Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have put several house churches under surveillance in order to stop worship, in violation of the country’s secular constitution.

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Burkina Faso: Country Suffers Another Attack October 29, 2019

On Saturday, October 26, unknown gunmen stormed the village of Pobe Mengao in northern Burkina Faso, reportedly killing more than a dozen people and abducting many others. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Religious Venue Star Rating System Increasingly Being Implemented October 29, 2019

In China, not only hotels are rated for their services rendered to their customers, religious venues, including churches and chapels, are subject to ratings as well…according to the communist government’s standard.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Boko Haram Resurgence Displaced More than 100,000 in 2019 October 28, 2019

Boko Haram has made a major resurgence over the past year, retaking land, harassing military and government target and causing more than 140,000 to be displaced in 2019. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Muslim Driver Saves Eight Christians from al-Shabaab Attack October 25, 2019

A Muslim driver defies instructions to stop his vehicle filled with Christians from a Somali-based militant group near the Kenyan border, likely saving all of their lives.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindu Extremists Beat Pastor Unconscious in Gujarat State October 25, 2019

A pastor in western India suffered severe injuries to his head and back on Tuesday (Oct. 22) after Hindu extremists beat him unconscious for visiting a Christian in a neighboring village.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christians Distributing Bibles Harassed by Hindu Nationalists October 23, 2019

A group of 35 Christians legally distributing Christian literature in India’s Chhattisgarh state were harassed by radical Hindu nationalists and handed over to local police where they were told they had to stop. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Kenya: Christian Family in Muslim Area Loses House, Stable Life October 23, 2019

More than three years after leaving Islam, Zinabu Mohammad and her family faced a horrible tragedy when their house was burned down. They now live a nomadic life still fearing for their lives.

Read more: Morning Star News

China: Three-Self Church in Anhui Demolished, Church Leadership Detained October 23, 2019

On October 19, Chinese authorities in Anhui province detained two pastors after they demolished a church that normally sits more than 3000. A day earlier, a crane tore down the building without notifying the church in advance.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Indonesia: Restoring Life After a Bombing October 21, 2019

Three years ago, a bomb ripped through Oikumene Church in Samarinda, Indonesia, killing two-year-old Intan and severely burning his two siblings. After a long road to recovery with the support of organizations and individuals, the children are finally healing.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Nine Christians sentenced to Five Year Imprisonment October 21, 2019

Earlier this week, nine Iranian Christians were sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against national security” for their participation in a home church in Rasht between January 31st and February 23rd.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Hindus and Police Shut Down Church Services for 6,000 October 21, 2019

Police broke up a congregational gathering of 6,000 worshippers in northern India on Oct. 15 after Hindu extremists leveled false charges of black magic, arms possession and forcible conversion against the pastor.

Read more: Morning Star News

Algeria: Authorities Close Two of the Country’s Largest Churches October 16, 2019

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that authorities in Algeria have ordered the closure of two of the largest churches in the nation.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Attacks Become the “New Normal” for Christians in Jharkhand October 16, 2019

Since Jharkhand’s pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government ratified the state’s anti-conversion law in 2017, religious minorities have experienced increased attacks at the hands of radical Hindus. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Christian Slain in Kaduna State, 13 Others Killed in Plateau State October 16, 2019

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a young Christian man after stopping him on a highway in Kaduna state on Oct. 5, while in Plateau state another 13 Christians have been slain in less than a month, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Family Kills Son Over Christian Conversion October 14, 2019

A Muslim-background believer (MBB) living in Egypt, Hussein Mohammed, was killed on Sunday after his family discovered that he had converted from Islam to Christianity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Turkey: Genocide Hidden Behind Invasion of Syria October 14, 2019

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on October 9, 2019, Turkey began its Operation Peace Spring incursion into northern Syria. Significant damage and casualties were reported in Christian-dominated areas.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Elderly Christian Begins Imprisonment October 14, 2019

Mahrokh Kanbari, a 65-year old Iranian Christian, has begun serving her one-year prison sentence after receiving her sentence this past July for engaging in “propaganda against the system.”

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Church Completely Demolished by Unknown Assailants October 14, 2019

The head pastor of Devin Grace Church in Sirupurkagaznaar reported that the church building was destroyed in the early morning hours of September 26 and suspects Hindu radicals are to blame given similar recent accounts.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Four Christians Kidnapped, One Killed in Kaduna October 14, 2019

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a member of Godiya Baptist Church in Ungwan Barau village, in an attack on the village in, Kaduna state. The attack came less than a week after Fulani extremists kidnapped six girls from a Christian-run high school.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Uttar Pradesh Becomes Radicals’ Favorite Hunting Ground for Christians October 8, 2019

The northern state of Uttar Pradesh has become a favorite hunting ground for religious radicals targeting Christian churches and house gatherings, with impunity.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Imprisoned Pastor Pens Plea for Help October 8, 2019

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has begun a hunger strike from prison in response to the Education Ministry’s decision to withhold his sons’ certificate of academic completion. He is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

2016 Sudan Uses Chemical Weapons on Women and Children Sudan: US Pressures African Nation into Allowing UN Human Rights Office, More Must be Accomplished October 8, 2019

Sudan seized an opportunity at the UN General Assembly to sit down with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and sign an agreement to open a UN Human Rights Office in Khartoum and offices in four other locations around Sudan.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sri Lanka: Advocacy Group Documents Series of Anti-Christian Incidents October 8, 2019

A Christian advocacy group in Sri Lanka reports the Christian community has endured several instances of violence and intimidation in the past two weeks — only five months after ISIS-inspired terrorists bombed three churches on Easter Sunday.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Six Girls, Two Staff Members Kidnapped from Christian-Run High School October 8, 2019

Suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Engravers’ College in Kakau Daji village, in Chikun County Local Government Area near Kaduna city, kidnapping kidnapped six teenage girls and two staff members. Their whereabouts are unknown.

Read more: Morning Star News

Egypt: Christian Man Fatally Beaten October 6, 2019

An Egyptian Christian man, Maged Fathi, passed away following a beating by at least six Muslims. Maged was taken to the hospital in Assiut Governorate after he attempted to protect his son from a Muslim’s abuse and was attacked. He died the next day.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Four Cases of Police Abuse Documented in Two Weeks October 6, 2019

International Christian Concern has documented four cases of police torture, harassment, and discrimination against Pakistani Christians over just two weeks in late August and early September, with one resulting in the Christian’s death.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Uganda: Christian Loses Children, Mother and Stepfather to Islamist Attack, Sources Say October 6, 2019

A 36-year-old Christian near Kampala, Uganda is mourning the deaths of his son, daughter, mother and stepfather, who were killed when Muslim extremists set their house ablaze seven weeks ago.

Read more: Morning Star News

India: Christian Family in Hiding after Hindu Extremist Mob Assaults Them October 6, 2019

A retired pastor, his wife and their sons are in hiding from police after a Hindu extremist mob injured them in a gruesome assault in northern India.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Teenager Abducted and Forcibly Converted October 2, 2019

On September 16, Samra Bibi, a 14-year-old Christian Pakistani, was abducted from her house by a radical Muslim man and four accomplices and forcibly converted and married. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Children Denied Diplomas October 2, 2019

Two Iranian Christian children whose father is imprisoned for his faith have been denied high school diplomas by the state. The government insists that they complete Islamic education first.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Government Accuses NGOs of Aiding Boko Haram October 2, 2019

Nigeria has expelled several NGOs from working in the country, claiming that Action Against Hunger and the MercyCorps have been aiding and abetting Boko Haram. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Algeria: Christians Hit with More Church Closures October 1, 2019

Acting on orders from the governor of Tizi-Ouzou Province, authorities today sealed shut a church building in Tigzirt, Algeria, two days after shutting another building serving two churches without prior notice.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Ransom Paid, but Kidnapped Pastor’s Wife is Killed in North Central Region October 1, 2019

Fulani herdsmen this month kidnapped and killed a pastor’s wife in north-central Nigeria’s Kaduna state three days after suspected herdsmen killed a Baptist pastor in another part of the state, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Boko Haram Executes Two Christian Aid Workers October 1, 2019

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram released a video last week showing the execution of two Christian aid workers, members of the Church of Christ in Nations, in Nigeria, sources said.

Read more: Morning Star News

Nigeria: Another Attack on Hukke Village Leaves Three Dead September 27, 2019

Hukke Village is a small town outside of Jos, Nigeria. Yet, despite its small size, it has been targeted by attackers on numerous occasions. The most recent of these attacks took place early Tuesday morning, just a couple of days after a peace agreement among the two groups was reached.  

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Police Help Hindu Extremist Efforts to Shut Down Christian Worship, Sources Say September 27, 2019

Hindu extremists and police in eastern India this month ordered jailed Christians to stop gathering for worship, with the extremists threatening to bring a venomous snake to bite a pastor’s wife, sources said.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christians Ponder Slow March Away from Diversity September 26, 2019

What was once a secular nation, Egypt has evolved into a Muslim-majority, Islamic state. Old photos show women walking without the hijab, and people wearing swimsuits on the beaches. Today, photos show a society that is completely defined by Islam. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian in Jharkhand State Killed by Cow Vigilante Mob September 26, 2019

Three Tribal Christians living in India’s northeastern state of Jharkhand were recently attacked by a mob after they were rumored to be selling beef. One Christian died and the other two remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: Christian Woman Attacked Outside Church September 25, 2019

An Egyptian Christian woman, was attacked with bricks as she was leaving church, according to local news. The 21-year-old medical student is currently suffering from a skull fracture and hemorrhage. No information or update on her condition is available. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: A Wounded Country’s Scattered Flock: Helen Moses September 25, 2019

The continuous and relentless attacks led by Boko Haram and Fulani militants have pushed Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region to the brink. Survivors share their stories…

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Christians Told to “Convert or Flee” September 25, 2019

Two thousand Christians have had to flee their homes and villages over the last month in Northern Burkina Faso following an infiltration by Islamists who then told them they would have to either convert to Islam or leave their homes.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Over 200 Incidents of Anti-Christian Violence Reported in 2019 September 23, 2019

A Christian advocacy group in India reports that they have documented over 200 incidents of anti-Christian violence in just the first eight months of 2019. This averages to 27 incidents of violence per month.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: NGOs Forced to Not Engage in Religious Conversion September 20, 2019

India’s Home Ministry announced new, stricter rules regulating the activities of foreign-funded NGOs where all individuals working for NGOs much pledge, on a notarized paper, that they will not engage in religious conversions or promote sectarian discord.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Bookseller Arrested for Selling Christian Literature September 20, 2019

Mustafa Rahimi, an ordinary shopkeeper and unassuming citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was arrested for the second time since June for selling Bibles in his bookstore, an illegal act in Iran. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: Despite Hopeful Signs, Sudan Fails First Test of Democracy September 20, 2019

Sudan’s new transitional failed its first test of democracy, as police and government officials denied its people to peacefully assemble and to protest. Instead, they beat them with batons and shot tear gas into the crowds. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christians Find Hope in Recent High Court Decision September 20, 2019

On August 2, the Lahore High Court returned a Christian girl who had been forcefully converted to Islam to her parents. According to her family, Muskan, age 14, was taken from them after being forcefully converted to Islam by her Muslim employer.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Ten Commandments in Henan Replaced with Xi’s Quotations September 18, 2019

According to Bitter Winter magazine, a state-run Three-Self church in a county of Luoyang city in the central province of Henan has replaced the Ten Commandments with President Xi Jinping’s quotes after repeated demands.

Read more: International Christian Concern

United States: Congress Needs to Reauthorize USCIRF September 18, 2019

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is up for reauthorization by Congress, which will need to pass legislation funding the Commission’s mission for the years to come. USCIRF was created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act and was last reauthorized in 2015.

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Burkina Faso: Christians Victims of Growing Extremism September 16, 2019

Over the past several years Burkina Faso has seen rising extremism coming south from its porous border with Mali. Although previous attacks have targeted government and western-friendly organizations, they recently began targeting Christian leaders, places of worship and laypeople.

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Pakistan: Christian Activists Under Threat September 16, 2019

In the past month, International Christian Concern has documented multiple cases of Christian activists in Pakistan being targeted for speaking out against the oppression of their community. 

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India: Prime Minister Modi in Houston September 16, 2019

On Sunday, September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be in Houston, Texas for an event hosted by the Texas India Forum (TIF). Tens of thousands of individuals are expected to attend the “Howdy Modi” event at the NRG Stadium. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Church Requests Government Action September 16, 2019

St. John Berchmans Inter College, a Jesuit school and hostel located in India’s Jharkhand state, has appealed to the government for help following an attack last week.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Government Considers Banning Christian Students September 16, 2019

Iran’s Minister of Education, Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, commented at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that children who profess an unrecognized faith should be banned from school. He justified this suggestion by saying that these children are engaging in propaganda.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Vietnam: Six-Year-Old Girl Beaten Over Parents’ Faith September 12, 2019

A six-year-old girl in Vietnam was savagely beaten because her parents decided to follow Christ, according to Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors UK.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Young Father Shocked at Why Relatives Attacked His Daughter and Him and Killed His Wife September 12, 2019

An argument with his father escalates to a violent attack on a young man’s family, leaving his wife dead and his daughter traumatized in eastern India.

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Somalia: Increased UN Sanctions on Al-Shabaab Denied September 11, 2019

Kenya asked the United Nations to increase sanctions on al-Shabaab, the terrorist organization based in Somalia. This request was denied by six countries on the UN council, including Germany Belgium, Poland, France, Kuwait and the US.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Two Christians Begin Harsh Imprisonment September 11, 2019

Two Iranian Christians were imprisoned by a religiously-biased national judiciary for their faith in Christ Jesus. In these past few years, the Christian community of the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen growing levels of popular and state-sponsored persecution.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Army Drops Lawsuit Against Kachin Pastor September 11, 2019

This week, Myanmar military officer dropped his lawsuit against Kachin pastor Hkalam Samson. The lawsuit surrounded comments that Rev. Samson made about human rights violations during a meeting with President Donald Trump in July.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Illegally Detained Christian Tortured to Death in Custody, Family Says September 11, 2019

Police in Lahore, Pakistan tortured to death the Christian father of 14-day-old and 7-year-old sons, relatives said, while he was imprisoned on a false charge of theft.

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Cuba: Christian Pastoral Couple Imprisoned for Homeschooling Children September 11, 2019

Husband-and-wife pastors in Cuba are serving prison sentences for declining to send their children to a government-run school where their daughter was bullied for being a Christian.

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India: Christians Attacked Following Rumors of National Anti-Conversion Bill September 10, 2019

A new wave of religious violence against Christians has swept over northern India in recent weeks, following reports that the BJP-led government intends to propose a bill that would make religious conversion illegal nationwide in the next session of parliament.

Read more: International Christian Concern

U.S.: Blasphemy Laws Coming Under Increased Scrutiny September 10, 2019

According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2018 report, seventy countries around the world have blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws punishing speech deemed sacrilegious, beliefs contradicting orthodox teaching, or the abandonment of religious belief.

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Iran: Christian Family Faces Deportation from Turkey September 9, 2019

Pastor Ismail Falahati is a Muslim-born Christian convert and has worked in Iran and Turkey as a house church planter and self-starting missionary. He was arrested and imprisoned for his proselytizing and when released, took his family to Turkey for safe refuge. Now, the Turkish government is working to evict them.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Families in Southern Region Endure Eighteen Months of Social Boycott September 9, 2019

In January 2018, a deeply embedded community of Christian families was given an ultimatum by radical Hindu nationalists. They were told that they could either convert to Hinduism or face a social boycott.

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India: Hindu Extremists Demand Death of one of Organizers of Christian Film September 9, 2019

A handful of Christians organized the screening of the film “He Will Come Again,” to a crowd of about 100 villagers. At the end of the movie, 15 Hindu extremists barged into the home, locked the door and began hurling insults at the Christians and beating them. 

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India: Radical Hindu Nationalists Forcefully End Christian Gathering in India September 5, 2019

A youth wing of a Hindu nationalist party, forcefully ended a Christian prayer gathering in Mumbai, India. According to initial reports, the nationalists falsely accused the Christians of practicing “forced conversions” and disturbing public order to pressure local police into breaking up the gathering.

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Uganda: Widowed Mother of Seven Left Homeless When Muslim In-Laws Learn She is Christian September 5, 2019

A widowed mother of seven escaped an attack on their home after one son unintentionally disclosed their Christian faith to Muslim classmates. Angered by their rejection of Islam, her in-laws charged the house killing livestock and vandalizing the property.

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Nigeria: Kidnapped Baptist Pastor Freed After Seventeen Days of Torture September 5, 2019

A Baptist pastor kidnapped and tortured last month in Nigeria was released over the weekend after his family and Christian leaders paid a ransom.

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India: Modi Regime Moves to Expel 86 Year-Old Nun September 4, 2019

The Indian government has not renewed a visa for 86-year-old Sister Enedina who has served the poor in India for decades as a part of the Daughters of Charity. She had renewed her visa periodically since 1965 without issue.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iraq: Department of Defense Warns of ISIS Resurgence September 4, 2019

Operation Inherent Resolve, a Pentagon initiative launched in 2014 to establish a coalition for the defeat of ISIS, has issued a quarterly report warning of an ISIS resurgence in Iraq and Syria.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Turkey: Authorities Fail to Hold Religious Freedom Abusers Accountable September 4, 2019

A new report evaluating religious freedom in Turkey during the first quarter of 2019 finds that Turkey has failed to hold religious freedom abusers accountable, and that these types of experiences are widely reported by religious minorities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Anti-Conversion Bill Introduced by BJP Government in India’s Himachal Pradesh State September 4, 2019

Last week, a member of the BJP introduced a bill to the state’s legislative assembly that would further criminalize forced religious conversion. If passed, this bill would enact stricter punishment to an individual accused of fraudulently causing another to convert from one religion to another.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Government Says Leah Sharibu is Alive; Attacks Continue September 3, 2019

More than a month after an aid worker indicated in a video that kidnapped Christian teenager Leah Sharibu had been killed, a government official in Nigeria on Saturday (Aug. 31) said she was alive.

Read more: Morning Star News

Mexico: Killings, Kidnapping Target Christian Leaders September 3, 2019

A Roman Catholic priest and an evangelical pastor in Mexico were killed this month, and another pastor was kidnapped, according to published reports. Drug cartels suspected in the killing of one pastor, abduction of another. 

Read more: Morning Star News

Cameroon: Bible Translator Butchered to Death, Wife’s Arm Chopped Off September 3, 2019

Bible translator Angus Abraham Fung was butchered to death on Sunday morning during an overnight attack carried out by suspected Islamic Fulani militants. He was among seven who were killed in the attack that also resulted in his wife’s arm being cut off. 

Read more: Christian Post

Sudan: Christians Hope for a Better Future August 30, 2019

Now that tyranic dictator Bashir has fallen from leadership in Sudan, there is hope. Christians have prayed for this change for decades, and are happy because this change has come.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Bookstore Owner Jailed for Selling Bibles August 30, 2019

Local reports indicate that a bookseller in Northwest Iran was rearrested on Tuesday and is currently incarcerated in Bukan Central Prison. Mostafa Rahimi was originally arrested this past June on charges of selling Bibles in his bookstore.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Social Boycott initiated Against Christian Community in Northeast Region August 30, 2019

Earlier this month, a Christian pastor was attacked and beaten by a mob of Hindu radicals in the northeastern state of Odisha. Following the attack on the pastor, the radicals initiated a social boycott against the Christian community of Dalki until they either “reconverted” to Hinduism or left the village.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Army Sues Kachin Pastor for White House Remarks August 29, 2019

A Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) officer filed a lawsuit against an ethnic Kachin pastor for the comments he made during a meeting with President Donald Trump. The conversation took place at the White House during the Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom last month.

Read more: International Christian Concern

United States: Trump Meets Modi, No Discussion of Religious Freedom August 29, 2019

While it is no surprise that geopolitical tensions and economic cooperation dominated President Trump’s recent discussions with Prime Minister Modi of India, it’s disappointing that the deplorable state of religious freedom in India was not mentioned at all.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Second Wrongly Convicted Christian Released in Kandhamal Case Counts Cost August 29, 2019

When Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth went to jail for a murder in India that he did not commit more than 10 and a half years ago, his mother was still alive and his oldest child was nine years old.

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India: Hindu Nationalism Increasingly Evident, Sources Say August 27, 2019

The Hindu nationalist movement “seeks to purge India of everything non-Hindu and ultimately to build a Hindu nation with the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] as its political arm,” according to Andreas Thonhauser, director of external relations for ADF-International. “Needless to say, Christianity fits poorly into this nationalist concept.” 

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Eritrea: Officials Arrest Another 150 Christians Between June and August August 27, 2019

Eritrea, one of the world’s worst violators of Human Rights, has again clamped down on Christians in their country. Since June 23rd, more than 150 Christians have been rounded up and thrown into prisons that are inhumane and unsanitary.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Family Charged with Murder After Defending Daughter from Attack August 27, 2019

Four members of a Christian family in Gujrat, Pakistan have been charged with murder after defending their daughter from sexual assault. According to a local political leader, the family has been denied the “right to defend” themselves by police.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Thirty Christian Families Threatened with Forced Displacement August 26, 2019

Around 30 Christian families living in the Kachi Abadi area of Faisalabad, Pakistan were reportedly threatened with forced displacement by a group of influential politicians. These threats have left the community feeling victimized and treated like second class citizens.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Fulani Militants Attacked the Village of Hukke, Plateau State Again August 26, 2019

Hukke village was attacked by Fulani militants on August 18, leaving two dead and three injured. This village, along with its nearby neighboring village Ancha, have suffered nearly a dozen attacks in the past two years that have left dozens dead and many more wounded. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: One Pastor Killed, Another Kidnapped in Separate Attacks August 26, 2019

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Pentecostal pastor and abducted a Baptist pastor in a spate of kidnappings this month in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

Read more: Morning Star News

Mexico: Pastor Shot and Killed During Sunday Service August 22, 2019

Pastor Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco, who preached at the Fraternidad Cristiana church in the town of Tlalixtac de Cabrera in the Oaxaca state, died when a gunman shot him point-blank, according to the Christian Post

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Algeria: Two Churches Warned August 22, 2019

Algerian police on Sunday visited two churches and informed the congregation that within ten days, the authorities would seal the church. The churches are located in Akbou and Ighzer Amokrane.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Imprisoned Pastor John Cao Moved to Kunming’s Prison August 22, 2019

On August 19, the mother of imprisoned pastor John Cao confirmed that her son has moved from Menglian detention center to a prison in Yunnan province’s capital city, Kunming.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Egypt: New State Department Report Shows Persecution of Christians Getting Worse August 22, 2019

The State Department recently released its major, annual International Religious Freedom report documenting the status of religious freedom in nations around the world. The chapter on Egypt is particularly grim.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Burkina Faso: Islamist Extremists Seek to Divide August 22, 2019

The Washington Post released an article today on the growing Islamic Extremism in Burkina Faso and West Africa, highlighting the multiple attacks that took place on churches in Northern Burkina Faso earlier this year.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: Protest Groups Name Civilian Prime Minister, Takes First Steps Since Deal Agreed August 19, 2019

Sudan’s Forces for Freedom and Change and other parties have agreed on a civilian Prime Minister to run the new government, Dr. Abdullah Hamdok. Dr. Hamdok, who was previously a UN Economist, has been agreed upon by all of the opposition party members and the protesters. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sri Lanka: Young Christian Assaulted by Radical Monks August 18, 2019

A young Christian was attacked and beaten by a group of radical Buddhist monks. According to local Christians, news of the attack shook Sri Lanka’s Christian community still recovering from the Easter Church Bombings earlier this year.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nepal: Four Christians Arrested for “Preaching Christianity” August 18, 2019

Four Christians in Nepal have been arrested and charged under the country’s strict anti-conversion law. This report comes only days after authorities in Nepal released a 73-year-old South Korean Christian arrested on similar charges.

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Mexico: Christian Family Takes Refuge in Mountains After Expulsion from Their Home August 18, 2019

Miguel Pérez Díaz, his eight children and 87-year-old father have been living in a mountainside shack since May, when local officials expelled them from their village in Chiapas state, Mexico for abandoning indigenous religious practices for Christianity.

Read more: Morning Star News

Somalia: Christian Mother Divorced, Beaten August 18, 2019

A Somali Christian mother of two was living her faith in secret out of fear of repercussion for apostasy. When her husband discovered her Bible, he immediately took her children from her and divorced her, forcing her to seek refuge “underground” with fellow believers. 

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Iran: Single Christian Mothers Say #MeToo August 15, 2019

Single mothers in Iran face a life of abuse and prostitution. Single mothers who are Christian get an additional heaping of persecution.  Meet Farah, a single mother who gave her life to Christ when her brother was miraculously healed of Hepatitis C. She has made it her mission to live with and love single mothers who struggle to survive.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christian Dalits Appeal for Equal Benefits August 15, 2019

Christians and Muslims belonging to the socially poor Indian Dalit caste gathered together on August 10th to observe a “black day,” demanding equal access to benefits as other religions within the caste. India’s caste system creates clear division within society that is also extremely divided religiously.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: House Church in Yunnan Raided by the Authorities August 15, 2019

A house church was raided by authorities during service. Churchgoers’ cell phones were confiscated and names of members recorded, before they were asked to sign a statement promising that they would never come to this church again.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Cameroon: Boko Haram Maimed Eight Christian Women During Attack on Village August 15, 2019

Boko Haram attacked a village in Northern Cameroon, chasing off the local vigilante force and kidnapping at least eight women. They reportedly held these women for hours, and ended by cutting off their ears.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Shaken by Series of Attacks in Southern Region August 15, 2019

In July, six attacks on Christians were recorded in just one state in India. This swell of violence and intolerance has many Christians living in India’s Telangana State concerned both for their safety and their ability to practice their Christian faith openly.

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India: BJP-Led Government to Introduce Anti-Conversion Bill to Parliament August 13, 2019

India’s BJP-led government is preparing to introduce a nationwide bill in the next session of Parliament that will prevent any kind of religious conversion. This falls on the heels of a recent bill that stripped India’s only Muslim-majority state of its statehood. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Eritrea: Human Rights Watch Report Shows Nation Still Violating Human Rights Consistently August 13, 2019

Human Rights Watch released a report last week showing that Eritrea continues to violate human rights daily, despite many people hoping that the end to the 20-year border war with Ethiopia would help change this.

Read more: International Christian Concern 

Indonesia: Local Residents Stop the Construction of Church in Central Java August 12, 2019

The construction project of an Indonesian Baptist Church in Central Java was stopped by local residents, who argued that the building permit owned by the church had expired, and subsequently sealed the project site where the church was built.

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India: Pastor Dragged from House Fellowship and Beaten August 12, 2019

Individuals believed to be radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a private prayer meeting and beat the pastor in northern India. The pastor was then reported to local police for allegedly converting individuals to Christianity.

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Iraq: Christians Left Out of Judicial System August 12, 2019

Iraq’s legislature is considering a proposal which would require that Supreme Court decisions maintain the support of at least 3 of the 4 Islamic scholars sitting on the judiciary. Christians are not able to participate in Iraq’s judiciary system. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

Sudan: New Constitution Fails to Address Religious Freedom August 10, 2019

Since April, protesters and military leaders have been in talks about a transition from a military to a civilian-led government. On Sunday, August 4, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), initialed a constitutional agreement that could be the start of democracy.

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China: No Update on Detained Christian After Eight Months August 10, 2019

The wife of a detained Christian from Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) still has not been given an update on her husband’s case since his arrest eight months ago, despite China’s criminal procedure law that states that suspects cannot be detained for more than seven months after arrest.

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Huoshi Church in Guizhou Raided Again August 10, 2019

Huoshi Church in China’s Southwest Guizhou province was raided again by the police on Sunday. The local authorities came with more than hundreds of staff from Public Security Bureau, Religious Affairs Bureau, and Residential Committee in Nanming District while the house church was having its Sunday service.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pastor Killed, Wife Abducted While Traveling to Capital in Kaduna State August 9, 2019

Gunmen ambushed Pastor Jeremiah Omolara and his family as they were driving to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. They opened fire on the car, instantly killing the pastor. Their son, who was reportedly in the car with them was able to escape, but his wife was abducted and now being held for ransom.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Another Attack Targets Christians in Plateau State August 8, 2019

On August 1, Fulani militants ambushed and shot three young men, all members of the Baptist church in Nigeria’s Plateau State. The three men were serving as part of the community volunteer watch. Thankfully, all three survived and were admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Algeria: Police Interrupt Church Service to Close Church August 8, 2019

Interrupting a worship service, police on Tuesday (Aug. 6) sealed a church building in north-central Algeria, less than three months after closing another site in the same area.

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Pakistan: Christians Lament the Forceful Conversion and Marriage of Young Girls August 5, 2019

On July 2, Benish Imran, a 14-year old Christian girl was kidnapped, forcefully married and converted to Islam. Benish, scared and manipulated, was forced to affirm before a court that she was married by her own free will and that she is 18 years old.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Pastor Beaten by Hindu Radicals, Officials Refuse to Register Case August 5, 2019

Eight young Hindu radicals attacked a pastor who was delivering Christian pamphlets on his motorbike in his neighborhood in Sheohar, India. They pushed him off his bike and beat him up, fracturing bones in his neck and head. 

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India: Public Awareness, Pressure Help Persecuted Christians Win Justice August 5, 2019

Members of the Sikh community disrupted a Christian wedding yielding rods and sticks and threatening the attendees to leave and then pressed false charges against them. Police arrested 10 Christians, including the wife and 3 year-old daughter of a pastor. Authorities finally dropped charges after pressure from social media and Christian organizations.

Read more: Morning Star News

Pakistan: Church Continues to Worship in the Face of Terrorist Threats August 2, 2019

For more than a month, the head pastor of an Assembly of God Church in Karachi has been receiving threats to stop hosting prayer services and other church activities in his community. In a phone call last week, an unidentified group reportedly threatened t to blow up the church if he did not halt all activities.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: One Year Prison Sentence Against Christian August 2, 2019

A 65-year-old Iranian woman was sentenced to a year in prison after being charged with “propaganda against the system.”  The police had raided her home, interrogated her for ten days, and set her bail at $2,500.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Prayer Service Attacked by Mob August 2, 2019

Internal Salvation Church, a church located in Bhiki village in Punjab, was attacked by a mob of Muslim men who barged into the church during a prayer service and beat several members of the congregation.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Falsely Accused of Bribing Converts August 2, 2019

In a continuation of attacks on India’s small Christian community, Vasudev Devannai, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan in Northern India, insisted that the Pentecostal community of India bribes people with money to convert to Christianity. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

China: Government Continues to Prevent Imprisoned Pastor from Meeting His Lawyer August 2, 2019

Imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi from Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) still has not been able to meet his lawyer, Zhang Peihong, despite meeting with officials from the People’s Procuratorate of Chengdu two weeks prior, thanks to the Chinese government’s deliberate delays and obstruction.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Young Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Employer August 2, 2019

Badil, a ten-year-old Christian Pakistani boy, was working at a factory to care for his mother and two brothers, was raped and tortured by his Muslim employers before he finally died on July 10, 2019.

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Reporting Persecution to Police a Vanishing Option for Christians August 2, 2019

Persecution of Christians in Bihar state, India, has so intensified in the past two years that Pastor Shelton Viswanathan didn’t dare call police after Hindu extremists broke bones in his hand and foot. He is one of many Christians who avoid pressing charges for fear of retaliation.

Read more: Morning Star News

United States: Boston Bans Christian Flag but Approves 284 Other Ones July 29, 2019

The city of Boston is engaging in unconstitutional discrimination against religious speech by banning the Christian flag from its City Hall flagpoles while permitting more than 200 other types of flags to fly, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Read more: Christian Headlines

United States: Veterans Charity Founder Says YouTube Video Was Censored for Containing ‘Christian’ Keyword July 29, 2019

The founder of a charity dedicated to working with military veterans and active-duty members afflicted by combat trauma is claiming an ad for one of his organization’s recent YouTube videos was censored over the weekend for containing the keyword “Christian.”

Read more: Faithwire

China: Towns Ordered to Count How Many Citizens ‘Believe in God’ and Then Monitor Them July 29, 2019

China’s central government has intensified its crackdown on Christianity in recent months by pressuring local government officials to keep a count on the number of citizens who believe in God and to monitor them, according to a new report.

Read more: Christian Headlines

Cameroon: Boko Haram Displaces Thousands in Northern Region July 25, 2019

Boko Haram has wreaked havoc and destruction across northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger for over a decade. Just over a week ago, the terrorist group again attacked a group of villages in Northern Cameroon, displacing as many as 1,100 Christian families.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Myanmar: Kachin Pastor Shares His Ordeal in Prison July 25, 2019

At the Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, hosted by the State Department last week, a pastor from Myanmar’s Kachin ethnic group recounted his ordeal of being jailed and tortured for more than a year.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Iran: Christian Arrested Upon Return Following Failed Asylum Attempt in Germany July 25, 2019

A 58-year-old Iranian who converted to Christianity who fled Iran with her three sons was denied asylum in Germany, and immediately arrested upon her deportation back to Iran.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: Christian Teen Falsely Accused of Crime to Cover Up Sexual Assault July 25, 2019

Suneha Sajid, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was falsely accused of stealing gold worth about $9,312.00 USD by her Muslim employer in order to cover up a sexual assault by one of the men of the family in Shahdara, Lahore.

Read more: International Christian Concern

North Korea: Vice President Pence: The U.S. Will Press DPRK on Religious Liberty July 23, 2019

In his address at a ministerial meeting at the State Department on religious freedom on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence criticized North Korea’s poor record on religious freedom and pressed the nuclear state to respect such liberty.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Pakistan: The Dismal State of Religion July 23, 2019

Pakistan is among the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. In fact, the US State Department has designated Pakistan as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) for its systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. 

Read more: International Christian Concern

India: Christians Brutally Attacked in Jharkhand July 23, 2019

Eight Christian families from Friends Missionary Prayer Band were attacked during their worship service on Sunday by a mob of more than 100 Hindus demanding the Christians recant their faith. When they refused, five of them were seriously injured.

Read more: International Christian Concern

Nigeria: Pregnant Mother Among Five Christians Slain in North Central Region July 23, 2019

 A pregnant mother of two children was among three Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria the night of July 14 and morning of July 15.

Read more: Morning Star News