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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fulani herdsmen attacks on predominantly Christian communities in Kaduna state killed seven Christians, two days after a pastor was slain in southwestern Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Authorities in Cuba have demolished a church building and are blocking other churches from re-opening after the lifting of pandemic restrictions, sources said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pastor abducted in northeastern Nigeria was released, while Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Christian man and kidnapped his six-year-old son.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Authorities drove out seven Laotian Christians from their homes when they refused to renounce their faith, forcing them to live in the nearby forests.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A small Christian community in Uttar Pradesh was terrorized by Hindus after hearing that the local pastor had attempted to convert Hindus to Christianity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.
Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks.
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.
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.
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.
Fulani herdsmen attacked a predominantly Christian village in north-central Nigeria, killing one resident, burning a church building and kidnapping four children among others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A group of Hindu nationalists brutally attacked four Christian women gathering for prayer. All women have been hospitalized with one fighting for her life.
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.
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.
Amid a groundswell of domestic and international condemnation of unchecked violence by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, 37 more Christians were killed this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Matters India, a group of radical nationalists brutally attacked eight Christians in Badaguda village, located in the Koraput district of Odisha, India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.”
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.
Late this month, in Kaduna, Nigeria, Fulani Militants attacked a village called Gora Gan, and set fire to dozens of houses, killing 11 Christians.
Chinese government’s practice of tracking Christian citizens has enabled authorities to raid house churches, arrest pastors and hack their congregation information.
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.
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.
Last month, a Christian prayer service was attacked by the police in Youhanabad, a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan.
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.
On June 22, a group of an estimated 50 Islamic radicals attacked the Christian residents of Racecourse, a Christian neighborhood located in Karachi, Pakistan.
Islamists beat a 21-year-old Christian woman unconscious and injured her siblings after they fled from persecution in Solamia to Nairobi, Kenya.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One South Sudanese dead, another in critical condition after imams called for Muslim residents to rid Christian South Sudanese from the “Muslim area.”
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom added Algeria to its 2020 annual report on the world’s worst religious freedom violators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon his release from seven years in prison for “crimes against national security,” a judge ordered Islam
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Christian pastor in Nepal has been arrested for praying against the COVID-19 virus on a video that has circulated on social media. The pastor could face up to six months in prison after being accused of giving false information about the virus.
Iraq’s strict coronavirus restrictions are having potentially disastrous implications for Christians persecuted by ISIS attempting to rebuild their lives in the Nineveh Plains, a disputed territory currently under
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Delhi High Court allowed BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to withdraw
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In mid-February, seven people were accused of being political activists against the Islamic
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.
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.
Villagers believe Boko Haram was behind an attack that killed 50 people, young and old, and devastated their community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suspected jihadists killed 24 Christians during a church service in Burkina Faso, including the church pastor. Eighteen others were wounded in the attack.
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.
Boko Haram destroyed three worship sites and an unspecified number of houses in northeast Nigeria, displacing thousands.
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.
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.
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.
Three people were killed yesterday and two others injured when suspected
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.
A 14-year-old Christian girl from
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.
Fulani militants attacked three Christian villages in the Plateau State, Nigeria, killing at least 32 people and burning down four churches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amnesty International has reported that the Nigerian Military has again conducted possible war crimes against its own people.
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.
Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized.
A Cuban pastor and his wife are now reportedly being tortured after having been imprisoned for homeschooling their children.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Local authorities raided a church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province and removed furniture, piano, and cookware from the church, citing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In the early morning hours of January 20, unknown gunmen attacked and killed Reverend Dennis Baguri,
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.
Islamic State-affiliated terrorists have executed a Christian university student kidnapped earlier this month in northeast Nigeria, sources said.
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.
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.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two young Christian women and injured three young Christian men in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria, on Jan. 17, sources said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Somali Al Shabaab rebels killed three Christian teachers in northeast Kenya at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 13), sources said.
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.
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.
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
Islamists in Burkina Faso have killed at least 250 civilians since April 2019, making the small Western African nation one of the “
Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau
On January 8, the Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a petition that called for Dalit and
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.
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.
Grace Gospel Church was attacked and demolished by
Ramiel Bet-Tamraz, the son of an Assyrian-Iranian pastor, will begin to serve a four-month sentence for “crimes against national security.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christians around China have been told that they should avoid holding public gatherings to celebrate Christmas, or else be arrested.
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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suspected members of Somali Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab intercepted a bus in northern Kenya on Friday, separated those who were not ethnic Somali
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.
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.
Three Christians, including two pastors, for India’s Uttar Pradesh
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.
In an area of central India, Christians who refuse to recant their faith are being expelled from their
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After spending 11 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit, five Christians in eastern India were finally ordered to be freed.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
A pastor and his family in eastern India are facing police charges after Hindu extremists with an
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surveillance and tracking devices have reportedly been installed in churches across China as part of
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For more than 26 years, Coptic Christians in Hgara village have struggled to rebuild and renew their church, Mar Girgis. Despite
On November 4, a mob of armed Muslims stopped Christians from constructing a church building in
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.
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.
According to China Aid, another Three-Self church in China’s Henan province has been demolished by the country’s communist regime,
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.
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
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.
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.
Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state
On Saturday, October 26, unknown gunmen stormed the village of
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.
Boko Haram has made a major resurgence over the past year, retaking
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that authorities in Algeria have ordered the closure of two of the largest churches in the nation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The northern state of Uttar Pradesh has become a favorite hunting ground for religious radicals targeting Christian churches and house gatherings, with impunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 36-year-old Christian near Kampala, Uganda is mourning the deaths of his son, daughter, mother
A retired pastor, his wife
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Egyptian Christian
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pastor Ismail Falahati is a Muslim-born Christian convert and has worked in Iran and
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.
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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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.
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.
A Baptist pastor kidnapped and tortured last month in Nigeria was released over the weekend after his family and Christian leaders paid a ransom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Around 30 Christian families living in the Kachi Abadi area of Faisalabad, Pakistan
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.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Pentecostal pastor and abducted a Baptist pastor in a spate of kidnappings this month in Kaduna state, Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miguel Pérez Díaz, his eight children and 87-year-old father have been living in a mountainside shack since
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Boston is engaging in unconstitutional discrimination against
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.