12.05.2020

CIC Persecution News Headlines
 
 News of persecution, human rights violations, and other articles of interest.

If one member suffers, all the members suffer …
 1 Corinthians 12:26a
 www.christiansincrisis.net

 

Please pray for:

**Pastor Wally, Matilda and Preshus Joy
**Our Houses of Prayer Leaders and Participants
**Our intercessors who receive our persecution news
**Members of the Crisis Prayer Team
**The volunteer staff of CIC

 

 

PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for three weeks ending December 5, 2020

 

 

Chinese Communist Party authorities revoke the license to practice law of Wang Yu, the first human rights lawyer arrested in the “709 incident”

Sunday, November 30, Justice Bureau authorities phoned Beijing Lawyer Wang Yu informing her that the Chinese Government had revoked her license to practice law.

Pastor Wang Dao from Guangzhou Liangren house church recounts how Bob Fu and ChinaAid supported him and his family during persecution in China

"Pastor Fu reached out to us when we were persecuted," Pastor Wang Dao from Guangzhou Liangren house church recounts. In this posted video, he shares how Bob Fu and ChinaAid supported him and his family during persecution in China.

Dong Yaoqiong, China’s “Ink Girl,” silenced for more than two years for defacing a propaganda poster of Xi Jinping, appears in a video appealing for freedom

In a live video on Twitter in front of Shanghai Haihang tower posted on July 2018, to express her discontent towards the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Dong Yaoqiong (internet handle: “feefeefly”) splashed ink on a propaganda poster of President Xi Jinping.

Update: Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Feng Qunhao, four Christians arrested for selling audio Bibles, face severe indictments as they await second trial

On July 2, 2020, Chinese officials arrested Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Fu Qunhao, employees of Shenzhen Tree of Life Technology Development Co., Ltd. These four Christians, currently awaiting their second trial, face severe indictments based on charges of “illegal business operation.”

State Administration for Religious Affairs proposes regimented rules on foreigners’ religious activities; rates religions as espionage

A draft of "detailed rules" on "foreign religious activities in the People's Republic of China” which China's State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) published reportedly remains open to receive corrections and suggestions from the public until December 17.

Police threaten to imprison human rights activist Li Qiaochu if she communicates on the internet

At 2 pm on November 26, political police officer Guo (last name) asked human rights activist Li Qiaochu to meet him in Beijing Haidian District.

Please pray for Chinese Christians--and especially for Pastor Wang Yi

As Christians, we’re called to recognise our need for God, to rely on him for everything, and to trust that his grace will sustain us no matter what challenges we face.

Armenian Christian holy sites desecrated in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Scores of religious sites, artifacts and gravestones have been desecrated or plundered in Nagorno-Karabakh, during the recent military conflict with majority-Muslim Azerbaijan, says Christian charity Open Doors according to reports they’ve received from the region.

Indonesian Government Whitewashes Islamist Terror Attack on Christians

A week after the November 27 terrorist attack on the Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi, the Indonesian government has dispatched Special Forces to hunt down the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) terrorists responsible, but President Widodo’s administration continues to deny that the killing was religiously motivated.

Number of North Koreans exposed to Bible increasing annually despite persecution: report

The percentage of North Korean citizens who are exposed to the Bible is steadily increasing every year despite extreme persecution, according to a new report that investigates and analyzes the conditions of religious freedom in the Hermit Kingdom.

Indonesia Prayer Call as Christians Murdered in ISIS Attack

Release contacts say one Christian was beheaded, two mutilated and another burned to death in an Islamic State-inspired attack on their village in Lewonu Lembantongoa.

Christians in Hiding after Brutal Mob Attack in Central India

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

Vietnam Denies Permission for ECVN(S) to Hold Clergy Assembly

Country's largest evangelical body forced to 'postpone' conference.

Islamist militants brutally murder four Christians in remote Indonesian village

Four Christians were killed, one beheaded, in a brutal attack by Islamist militants on a church and homes in a remote Christian community and Salvation Army post on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 27 November.

Three people killed, one abducted in Boko Haram attack on Christian village in Cameroon

At least three people were killed and another abducted in a Boko Haram militant raid on the mainly Christian village of Gabass, Koza department, Far North Cameroon.

Muslim neighbours protect Christian family from extremist mob when violence erupted in Egyptian village after “insulting” Facebook post

A Muslim mob took to the streets in al-Barsha village, Minya governorate, Upper Egypt, attacking Christian homes and the church of Abu-Seifein, in violent retaliation to a Facebook comment deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

UNESCO restates concerns over Turkey’s decision to change Hagia Sophia into mosque

World heritage watchdog UNESCO has rebuffed Turkey’s claim that it is not “bothered” by the repurposing of Istanbul’s renowned Hagia Sophia cathedral from a museum to a mosque.

Teen social media influencer apologises for insulting Pakistani Christian maid

A young social media influencer in Pakistan apologised sincerely after posting a Facebook online video in which she refers to her Christian maid as a “churi”, a term of derision commonly taken to mean latrine cleaner that is often used to insult Christians.

Boko Haram Kills 110 Farmers in Single Day

An attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno State claimed the lives of 110 farmers who were working in their fields on November 28.

Egyptian Village Tensions Worsen Towards Christians

Following a mob attack by Islamic extremists against Egyptian Christians in the village of Barsha on November 25th, local Muslims are calling for a commercial boycott against Christians. On November 29th, extremists again attacked the properties of local Christians.

Christian Teen in Pakistan Escapes Abductors and Returns to Family

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.

Indonesian Terrorist Burns Down Church and Christian Homes, Killing Four

Salvation Army’s Post in Central Sulawesi Attacked

Indonesia and Egypt: Tensions Rise Ahead of Christmas

- in two countries with a history of Christmas terror.

Christians Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria

The “Fulani terrorists” in Kaduna state also kidnapped two children and wounded four people in the attacks on Ungwar Bido and Ungwar-Pah, near Jagindi in Jema’a County, area resident Samuel Auta told Morning Star News.

Indonesian Christians attacked; four murdered

Four Christians were murdered on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia this past Friday. The killers also burned a Salvation Army post and several Christian homes.

Christian leader awaits charges for sending Bible balloons to North Korea

A believer awaits charges for launching Bible balloons from South Korea into North Korea. Last week, South Korean police recommended that prosecutors charge Eric Foley with Voice of the Martyrs Korea on three counts.

Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians in Congo, Sources Say

Clergyman loses wife, four children in horrific attack.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing Blasphemy Laws and the Violation of International Religious Freedom


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing Blasphemy Laws and the Violation of International Religious Freedom

Indonesian Terrorist Group Behind Salvation Army Attack Identified

Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen Terrorists Still at Large

Christians Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria and in Ekiti State in the Southwest

Fulani herdsmen suspected in killing of pastor.

Religious Hatred Claims Another Ahmadi’s Life

An Ahmadi doctor was murdered in front of his family at his home in Murch Balochan, Nankana Sahib District, Punjab on November 20. His murder is the latest in a series of killings of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan.

USCIRF condemns religious mob violence in Pakistan

Last week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the surge of Islamic mob violence in Pakistan. Their target — other Muslims.

Engage Where We Can and Confront Where We Must

2020 is a year we will not soon, if ever, forget.

USCIRF Commissioner Jim Carr Adopts Pastor Raymond Koh through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project

Pastor Koh is a Christian pastor who, prior to his disappearance, ran a NGO focused on people living with HIV/AIDs, recovering addicts, and single mothers and children.

Central Indian Court Orders Authorities to Protect Displaced Christians

India’s Bilaspur High Court, located in  Chhattisgarh state, on Nov.8 ordered the district administration of Kondagaon to facilitate the safe return of Christians displaced from three villages.

Pastor, Two Christian Boys Killed in Islamist Attacks in Uganda

Native missionary, 12-year-old son slain after visiting Congo border.

House Church Leader in Yunnan Detained for Five Days

The leader of a house church in China’s Yunnan province was detained for five days as his “administrative punishment,” since he held worship at his residence and “disturbed public order.”

Boko Haram Kills Fifteen over Two Days in Borno State

Boko Haram terrorists conducted several attacks over two days in Borno State, Nigeria. In the first attack, Boko Haram attacked a military convoy on Saturday, November 21 between the towns of Jagiran and Monguno.

Egypt Increases Pressure Against Free Speech

The recent arrests of multiple human rights activists associated with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), combined with an increase of blasphemy charges against Christians, shows the worsening state of free speech in Egypt.

Iraq Doubles Down on Refugee Camp Closures

Iraq’s Minister for Immigration and Refugees is rapidly implementing the closure of all refugee camps.

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 577 - NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE

A blanket of shame covers the world’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide

A short but bloody conflict flared up this year in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated enclave in Azerbaijan.

Nigerian Christian community leader murdered alongside son in suspected Fulani militant attack

Haruna Kuye, the community leader of a predominantly Christian village in southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, and his teenage son, Destiny Kuye, both Christians, were killed when armed men entered their home in the early hours of 17 November.

North Korean Christian who fled the closed state gives chilling testimony

A rare insight into the persecution endured by Christians living under the totalitarian North Korean regime has been given by Sookyung Kang, a Christian who fled her homeland to be able to worship freely without risking her life.

Indian Christian community of 40 arrested as angry mob of 1,500 storm village meeting

A community of about 40 Indian Christians in Gagari, near Ranchi the Jharkhand state capital, was arrested by police when an angry mob of 1,500 locals, led by extremists, converged on their village to pressure the believers into renouncing their faith in Christ.

Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter

Marriage invalid, but forcible conversion issue unresolved.

Christians, Others in Egypt Arrested for 'Insulting Islam'

Heated Facebook exchange leads to charges against teacher.

Please pray for Bob Fu and his family

Since September protesters have gathered outside the Texas home of Bob Fu and his family, harassing them and threatening violence.

USCIRF Welcomes U.S. House Passage of Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act (H.R. 5408) and urges Senate passage of the bill.
 

Christian Couple Released and Deported From Somaliland

A married Christian couple, detained for being “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity” in Muslim-majority Somaliland, have been suddenly released and deported to Somalia, allowing them to subsequently travel with their youngest child to a safe country and reunite with their two older sons.

Authorities Raid Chinese House Church

Local authorities on Nov.15 raided a church in Taiyuan, Shanxi province during its Sunday service, before detaining the preacher and six other members.

Christian Leaders Urge Prayer for Nigeria's Forgotten Victims

Violence escalating despite pleas to government, Family Research Council reports.

USCIRF Supports Sanctions on Iran’s Intelligence Minister and Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, who has “arrested and detained members of the Baha’i religion without charges,” and the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation, which was created to “confiscate and manage property, including that originally belonging to religious minorities such as Baha’is and Jews.”

USCIRF Condemns Egypt’s Detention of Mohamed Basheer, Ramy Kamel

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the Egyptian government’s arrest of Mohamed Basheer, Administrative Manager of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), and urges his and Coptic activist Ramy Kamel’s unconditional and immediate release.

Religious persecution increases worldwide

The Pew Research Center says the religious persecution of Christians is growing around the world, especially at the hands of dictators. Read a full report here.

Authorities Raid Chinese House Church, Briefly Detain Preacher and Members

 International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on November 15, local authorities raided a church in Taiyuan, Shanxi province during its Sunday service, before detaining the preacher and six other members.  

Christian in Wuhan Warned for Street Evangelism

A Christian in China’s Wuhan received a warning from the local authorities for “sharing the Gospel on the street.”

Christian Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released on Bail

According to Asia News, a Christian man and his Muslim friend have been released on bail after being imprisoned on charges of blasphemy for the past 11 months.

Court in Central India Orders Authorities to Protect Displaced Christians

On November 8, the Bilaspur High Court, located in India’s Chhattisgarh state, ordered the district administration of Kondagaon to facilitate the safe return of Christians displaced from three villages.

Four Killed and Others Abducted in Recent Fulani Militant Attacks

Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has reported another attack in Southern Kaduna.

Ethiopia: Collapse Would Trigger Christian Crisis

God is forever at work in this world; and forever his work is both old and new.

At Least 20 Killed, Church Desecrated as Islamic Militants Suspected in Attack on DRC Village

More than 20 people were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo on October 30.

Christian Couple Released and Deported From Somaliland

A married Christian couple, detained for being “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity” in Muslim-majority Somaliland, have been suddenly released and deported to Somalia, allowing them to subsequently travel with their youngest child to a safe country and reunite with their two older sons.

USCIRF Gravely Concerned about the Rise in Blasphemy Cases Leading to Mob Violence in Pakistan

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is troubled by the sharp rise in blasphemy cases and mob violence in recent months targeting Shi’a Muslims in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province.
Anurima Bhargava.

USCIRF: Advancing Religious Freedom in Sudan

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event assessing recent progress on religious freedom conditions in Sudan.

Church Building in Cuba Demolished, Re-Openings Blocked

Government harasses those opposed to social policies, Christian leaders say.

 

====================


PLEASE NOTE: Out of concern for the security and safety of the ministries and individuals mentioned in our Persecution News Headlines, it is the policy of Christians In Crisis (CIC) to conceal specific names or locations of our contacts.

 Ministries that are commended by authorities or located in secure areas may be named.
 
====================


 You May Send Your Tax Deductible Contributions To:


Christians in Crisis
 PO Box 293627
 Sacramento, California 95829
 To make a tax deductible donation to Christians In Crisis through PayPal,

      please click on the Donate button on the left side of our website.

==================