Nine months after Azerbaijan’s genocidal invasion of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh in the South Caucuses, government leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey brag about continued hostage holding and persecution.
Azerbaijan: Country Doubles Down on Religious Freedom
This past month Azerbaijan’s President and National Assembly passed new Religion Law and Administrative Code regulations which placed tighter restrictions and oversight on the rights and affairs of religious communities.
Iran: Christian Converts Sentenced Under New Sectarianism Law
A new law stating that “any deviant education or propaganda that contradicts or interferes with the sacred Islamic shari’a, will be severely punished,” is being used to convict Christian converts and suppress religious freedom.
Pakistan: Life Sentence Upheld for Christian in Blasphemy Case
A court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan upheld the life sentence of a Christian convicted of sending blasphemous text messages in spite of the prosecution’s manipulated evidence and failure to establish his involvement.
Pakistan: Acquitted Christian Couple, Attorney Fear for their Lives
A Christian couple arrested for blasphemy and acquitted by a high court in Pakistan fear for their lives as Islamic extremists have started a campaign calling for their murders ahead of their yet unconfirmed release from jail.
Nigeria: Middle Belt Report: Boko Haram and Fulani Militants Terrorize Region in February 2019
Boko Haram and Fulani militants continued their brutal campaign of violence throughout Nigeria in February. The uptrend in attacks by Fulani militants has persisted throughout 2018 and 2019, with the heaviest attacks taking place in Plateau and Benue States.
Nigeria: Gunmen Burn Down Church, Kill Eight Christians in Kaduna State
Eight Christians were killed and a church was burned down on May 19th, during an attack in the Chikun area of Kaduna State, Nigeria.The “bandits” also burned down several homes during the attack, which consisted of unknown gunmen shooting sporadically at civilians.