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.
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.