02.20.2021

 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 February 20, 2021

 

BELARUS: Bailiffs, police evict Church

On 17 February, police and court bailiffs forcibly evicted New Life Full
Gospel Church from the building it has used in the capital Minsk since
2002.

Military, civilians face off in Myanmar as crisis escalates

Myanmar’s military is using increasing force against protestors, prompting warnings from the United Nations. Local church leaders who partner with Asian Access fear collapse.

3 Years After the Dapchi Kidnapping: Leah Sharibu Remains in Captivity

Three years ago on 19 February 2018, some 110 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls' Science School in Dapchi by Islamic jihadist militant faction Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Leah Sharibu - 3 years in Captivity - Keep praying

That’s how long Rebecca and Nathan Sharibu have been waiting for their daughter to come home.

Muslim Fulani Kill 11 Christians, Wound Two, in North-Central Nigeria, Sources Say

Four ECWA members slain in Plateau state.

Islamic State terrorizes Mozambique

The Islamic State has taken a firm grip on territory in Mozambique, far from its original strongholds in Syria.

Father Recovers Custody of Kidnapped and Forcibly Converted/Married Daughter

12-year-old girl in Pakistan was found chained in home of 'husband.'

Another Church Building Set Ablaze in Sudan

Hate messages on social media precede arson attack.

Event: FoRB Victims List and Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project Update
Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event highlighting USCIRF’s Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Victims List and Religious Prisoners of Conscience (RPOC) Project.

Two warning signs of further crackdown in Myanmar

Amid an intensifying crackdown, Myanmar’s military pushes for a new cybersecurity law to keep citizens in the dark.

16 Killed, Church Destroyed in DRC Attack

16 people were killed and a Catholic church was burned down on Sunday during an attack in the northeastern Ituri province of DRC, according to Reuters global news agency.

Two Christian Evangelists Charged with Committing Blasphemy in Pakistan

Christian Men in Pakistan Face Potential Execution Over Religious Discussion

Killers of Christian in Pakistan Released on Permanent Bail

According to Morning Star News, two men suspected of torturing a Christian man to death have been permanently freed on bail in Pakistan.

New Wave of Persecution Sweeps Across India’s Madhya Pradesh State

Madhya Pradesh's state government enacts a new anti-conversion law.

China: CCP moves to fully subjugate the Church, plus Update on Iran

While the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) campaign to fully subjugate the Church in China has already begun, it is about to get a whole lot worse.

Honoring Yazidi Genocide Victims with a Proper Burial

Yazidis have a long history of religious persecution.

Jia Xuewei finds toothpicks jammed into his entrance keyhole, a reminder to dump "stuff"

On the evening of February 12, the first day of the first lunar month, when Jia Xuewei, a Christian attending Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), returned to his rental residence, he could not unlock his door.

Myanmar Army Document Instructs Soldiers to Shoot, “Punish and Breakdown” Civilians

Amid widespread mass protests in Myanmar (Burma) and reports of a ramping up of armed patrols in Karen and Kachin States, a chilling Myanmar Army document was discovered instructing soldiers to “punish and breakdown” ethnic-minority Christians and other civilians deemed to be against the military regime, or even appearing critical of it in social media posts.

Seventy Christian Prisoners Released in Eritrea

Seventy Christians were released from three prisons in Eritrea in late January and early February, many having been incarcerated without charge for as long as twelve years.

Three Iranian Christians Lose Appeal Against Prison Sentence for “Propaganda Against State”

Sam Khosravi, an Iranian Christian who with his wife Maryam is currently contesting the authorities for custody of their adopted daughter, was one of three Christians who lost their appeal against a one-year prison sentence on 27 January.

Couple With New-Born Baby Among Five Christians Arrested in Somaliland

Prosecutors in Muslim-majority Somaliland were granted extra time on 10 February to detain in custody a Christian couple and their new-born baby and two other Christian women on suspicion of “spreading Christianity”.

Algerian Christian Given Five-Year Prison Sentence for Blasphemy

A Christian man from a Muslim background has been convicted of blasphemy in Arzew, near Oran in northwest Algeria, and sentenced to the maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Two Muslim Brothers Charged With Murder of Egyptian Christian Shopkeeper

Two Muslim brothers were charged with murder at the beginning of February following an attack on a shop in al-Wardayan district, Alexandria, Egypt, in which the Christian owner was killed and two others injured.

Two Christians Studying Bible in Park Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan

Far-right Islamist group enlisted to pressure police, attorney says.

ChinaAid urges supporters and "pray-ers" to write letters to two imprisoned Christian sisters Ju Dianhong and Liang Qin

During the Chinese New Year, ChinaAid encourages supporters and "pray-ers" —"Never forget those imprisoned for their faith...

Christian in Algeria Imprisoned for Cartoon on Facebook

Father for four sentenced to five years in prison.

Please pray for Uyghur Christians, and all those caught in the Uyghur holocaust

‘This is why it is crucial for the voices of faith to be heard, proclaiming with clarity that they are not trying to defend any partial or exclusive vision but are speaking, protesting and praying for the good of all. That is why we are here today.’
The Rt Hon and Rt Rev Rowan Williams

 

 

 

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