CIC Persecution News Headlines

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending January 2, 2021


USCIRF Calls for Release of Ramy Kamel

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) again calls on the Egyptian government to immediately and unconditionally release Coptic activist Ramy Kamel, following news of his rapidly declining health and amid the threat of the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt’s prisons.

Mob attacks Pakistani church on Christmas

On Christmas Morning in Lahore, Pakistan, a group of 50-60 Muslim men attacked a Christian church during their Christmas service.

Navigating India’s FCRA fallout? Easier said than done

Christian groups in India are still trying to navigate the fallout from a law passed two months ago. John Pudaite of Bibles For The World reminds us the law passed with no clear instructions.

Christian Persecution in 2021 set to rise in India and China

‘Our partners tell us that attacks are on the rise under Communism in China, Islam in Iran and Malaysia, and under militant Hinduism in India,’ says Release CEO Paul Robinson.

Iran considers new religious expression bill

Iran’s parliament is doubling down on the persecution of religious minorities, further criminalizing religious practice and belief in a draft bill.

Praise God for His Steadfast Love for Persecuted Christians

Happy New Year! In this first prayer email of 2021 we want to remind you that we serve a God of countless victories, who has never been and never will be defeated, and whose Word is always the last word in every situation.

ISWAP Terrorists Execute Five Christians in Nigeria, Video Shows

Executions a "warning to Christians," militant says.

Muslim Extremists Rape Pastor in Eastern Uganda, Sources Say

Widowed mother of five targeted for her faith.

Egypt Acquits Men Who Assaulted Christian Woman

After years of delays, the Egyptian courts have acquitted three men charged with assaulting an elderly Coptic Christian woman, Suad Thabet.

House Church Moms Group in Xiamen Told to Stop Gathering

Police told a moms group from a disbanded house church in China’s Xiamen city to stop gathering, for they “host people who conduct religious activities.”

Christian Pastor Shot and Killed in India’s Jharkhand State

On December 8, a pastor from India’s Jharkhand state was shot dead by unidentified assailants.

Suspected Fulani Militants Kill 3 in Benue State

Three people were killed in Makurdi, the capital of Nigeria’s Benue State, on December 16. The three individuals included a well-known lawyer, his wife, and a local man who was blind.

Pakistani officials stop Christmas Day terrorist attack

Authorities in Pakistan thwarted an attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a church in the city of Peshawar.

Seven Christians Killed near Chibok, Nigeria in Christmas Eve Attacks

More than 30 Christians killed in prior attacks in Kaduna state, sources say.

Muslim Employers Forcibly Convert Two Christian Maids in Pakistan, Relative Says

Alleged kidnapper of Arzoo Raja released.

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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