12.19.2020

 

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CIC Persecution News Headlines

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

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending December 19, 2020

 

Restrictions on Religious Freedom in Europe during Covid-19

According to a study of more than 40 European countries it appears that in the vast majority of them, religious services are authorized, subject to compliance with health rules whose rigor varies greatly (physical distance, wearing masks, etc…).

Troubling details emerge as Ethiopia restores Tigray communication

thiopia’s military has claimed no civilian deaths since hostilities began in the Tigray region last month. However, Ethiopian doctors tell BBC News a different story.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Bahrain

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report on religious freedom conditions in Bahrain:

USCIRF Condemns Boko Haram Attacks and Threats against Christians

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned recent attacks by Boko Haram in Niger and northwest Nigeria, as well as threats by the group against Christians in the run up to the Christmas holiday.

USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie Moore Adopts Jimmy Lai through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner Johnnie Moore today announced his adoption of Jimmy Lai through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report on religious freedom conditions in Nigeria:

South Korea bans balloon launches into North Korea

The government of South Korea has officially banned the practice of launching balloons into North Korea.

Nigerian Christians living under Boko Haram terror asking for more Bibles

Boko Haram is still on killing sprees in northern Nigeria, although it’s often overshadowed by other headlines. Christians often find themselves in the crosshairs.

Bob Fu returns home safely, stressing that through the pandemic and enemy attacks—"The Lord's work has never stopped"

After being in protective custody, exiled from his home and office in Midland, Texas for almost two months, Pastor Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, recounts ways the Lord's work has continued.

Pastor John Cao's poem, From Over the Mighty Waters, recounts treasures that neither the Chinese Communist Party nor prison can take away

Pastor John Cao, a U.S. permanent resident currently serving a seven-year prison sentence,* encourages others through poetry that in addition to Jesus’ promise He will never leave nor forsake His children, He gives treasures no "thing" can take away.

Brother Yun, formerly imprisoned in China more than 10 years for proclaiming the name of Jesus, personifies Oxford research regarding benefits of singin

Throughout the Webinex ChinaAid hosted December 5, "Let the Church Rise ...," Brother Yun, previously imprisoned and suffering for more than 10 years in numerous Chinese prisons for proclaiming the name of Jesus, smiled as he sang out several times,"

Azerbaijan Breaks Ceasefire Agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkey’s Genocide Comments Underscore Broken Ceasefire Agreement

Nigeria: Please pray for Professor Tarfa and his wife

Professor Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages in Nigeria who has been detained since Christmas Day 2019, was released on bail on 10 December!

Christian in Pakistan Acquitted of Blasphemy after 11 Years in Prison

Catholic prosecuted due to influence of angry Muslim mob.

Muslim in Uganda Forces Christian Wife to Drink Pesticide

Woman beaten unconscious after discovery of Bibles.

Christian Murdered and Two Injured in Egypt

Alexandria’s Coptic Christians Suffer from Violent Hate Crime

Court in Pakistan Acquits Christian Sentenced to Life in Prison for Blasphemy

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Lahore High Court has acquitted Imran Ghafur Masih, a Christian sentenced to life in prison under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

Sudan Officially Removed from State Sponsor of Terrorism List

Sudan has been removed from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list for the first time in nearly 30 years.

ERCC Members’ Wedding Monitored by Police

On December 9, the heavily persecuted house church in China’s Chengdu, Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), quietly held an 18-hour fasting prayer event, two years after the church was raided by the local government and more than 100 members arrested.

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 580

Soccer stars raise funds for Persecuted Christians

Evangelical Focus Newsletter https://evangelicalfocus.com/ reports all the money collected will be used to support schooling assistance and football school projects in North Cameroon, the Maghreb and Mali, areas severely devastated after the Boko Haram massacres in the Sahel.

Three Nigerian Christians Murdered, One Abducted in Fulani Militant Attack

Three Nigerian Christians were murdered, and a woman abducted, during a Fulani militant attack on a community in Plateau state on December 1.

North Korean Exiles Describe Bravery of Believers in “Re-Education” Death Camps in Face of Torturous Conditions, Amid “Pile of Corpses”

Exiles interviewed by the London-based advocacy group Korea Future Initiative revealed that Christians sent to North Korean “re-education” camps for the “crime” of their faith endure regular beatings, torture and starvation.

Alleged Abductor of Pakistani Christian Girl Arzoo to Be Tried for Rape

The Muslim man who allegedly kidnapped Pakistani Christian girl Arzoo Raja, before forcing her into marriage, is to face a charge of rape, a magistrate ruled on December 9.

Welcome Court Decision Reunites Pakistani Christian Girl With Family After Forced Marriage to Muslim Abductor

A Pakistani Christian girl who was kidnapped and forced to marry her Muslim abductor has, in a welcome move by authorities, been reunited with her family after nearly six months.

Lao Christians Evicted for Faith Prevented From Rebuilding Demolished Homes

Seven Christians in Laos, evicted for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ, were denied permission to rebuild their demolished homes in Pasing-Kang, Salavan province, after returning to their village early in November.

December 7 trial set for Lai Jinqiang, entrepreneur from Shenzhen, Guangdong detained for producing electronic Bible players, charged with “unlawful business operation”

On December 7, Brother Lai Jinqiang, entrepreneur from Shenzhen, Guangdong detained for more than a year and a half for producing electronic Bible players, will face the charge of “unlawful business operation” Bao’an People’s Court in Shenzhen.

Police in Pakistan Find Christian Girl Chained in Kidnapper's Home

Separately, Muslim suitor kills young woman for refusing him and Islam.

 

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