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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending March 6, 2021


ChinaAid endorses Call to Action; "calls" brands and retailers to denounce "ties" that support China's forced labor system

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) arbitrarily detains an estimated minimum 1 million to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim individuals in mass detention, authorities "enslave" and force Uyghurs to produce goods that sell throughout the world.

Tigray Christians serve those in need despite civil war

A prolonged conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has displaced about one-third of its residents.


US senators condemn authoritarianism in Turkey

 A bipartisan group of 54 US senators sent a letter to President Biden regarding human rights concerns in Turkey.

Plainclothes police raid Chongqing house church during Sunday service; church members publish urgent prayer request letter

At approximately 10 am on February 28, several plainclothes police raided Chongqing Living Fountain Church, disassembling the Sunday service and arresting two Brothers in the faith [one preaching that day].

Serikzhan Bilash: XinJiang's genocide, one reason CCP agents arrest three grandsons of Ospan Islamoğlu—for no reason.

On March 2, Serikzhan Bilash, a Kazakhstan activist for the plight of indigenous ethnic groups in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, shared a breaking news story recounting Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities' arrests and “life sentences” of three grandsons of Ospan Islamoğlu

Authorities plan to use the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s founding to strengthen political control of Catholics

During this year, as China focuses on the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), authorities plan to use this 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding to strengthen their political control of Catholics.

Steel on Steel Radio & Podcast Network airs interview with Bob Fu: Religious persecution in China

On February 24, Steel on Steel aired John Loeffler's interview with Bob Fu, PhD, founder of ChinaAid, discussing religious persecution in China.

Bob Fu: As National Security Court can arrest anyone; anywhere; anytime in Hong Kong for social media content—"We need to pray..."

On February 24, The Worldview aired an interview Jonathan Clark hosted with Bob Fu PhD, founder of ChinaAid, regarding the current dire circumstances in Hong Kong following the implementation of the National Security Law.

CCP to demolish Yining Xinjiang’s Sacred Heart of Jesus Church—for failure to align with "sinicization"

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities ordered Yining Catholics to stop attending Yining Xinjiang’s Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on February 19 for failure to align with the party's "sinicization" policy.

Bob Fu Report premiere expands on recent news regarding religious freedom and rule of law in China

In this premier edition of the Bob Fu Report, Bob Fu, and founder and president of ChinaAid, reports and expands on recent news stories regarding religious freedom and rule of law in China.

CCP Yunnan authorities continue to detain Poet Wang Zang and his wife for "inciting subversion of state power"

After Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Yunnan authorities arrested 36-year-old Poet Wang Zang on May 30, 2020 for "inciting subversion of state power," they arrested his wife, Wang Li on June 17, suspecting her of the same charge.

ChinaAid signs joint letter to Biden administration: Recommends a human rights approach to US-China policy

On February 17, along with 23 other NGOs, ChinaAid signed the following  letter to President Biden and senior officials on US-China (CCP) relations.

CCP authorities again arrest Jimmy Lai—already detained in jail

On February 17, Reuters reported that according to Apple Daily tabloid and Oriental Daily [no specific source cited], CCP authorities again arrested Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong media entrepreneur, on suspicion of assisting one of 12 Hong Kong fugitives China captured at sea last year.

Bob Fu exposes the "evil" intent of the CCP's freedom of religious belief policy

More than 50 years ago, during a national conference on religious affairs held 4 June 1958, Li Weihan [the first principal of China's the Central Party School of the Communist Party, the highest training center for party workers and leaders] clearly articulated the true intention of the CCP’s religious policy:

"In Prison," Pastor John Cao recounts one of his questions to the Lord, included in his forthcoming book, Living Lyrics

In the following poem, to be included in Pastor John Cao's forthcoming book, Living Lyrics,* Pastor John recounts one of his questions to the Lord... the answer the Lord revealed to him.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, Please Pray for Women of Faith in Cuba

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, we’re focusing on women of faith across Cuba.

Christians Falsely Charged in Central India, Sources Say

Hindu extremists pressure police to jail them for a month.

Two Christians Sentenced to Prison and Heavy Fine in Algeria

Pastor, bookseller convicted for Christian literature at their store.

Military cracks down on protests in Myanmar

After seizing power in early February, Myanmar’s military killed over 30 people yesterday from several different cities.

Upcoming Hearing: Addressing the Complicity of U.S. Companies in Uyghur Forced Labor

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing about ways in which U.S. companies facilitate the persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China through forced labor and other practices that undermine international human rights standards in that country.

Turkey’s Directorate of Communications Releases Report Justifying Genocide

President Erdogan Memorializes Human Rights Abuses in Nagorno-Karabakh 

Eritrea Frees Christian Prisoners But Attacks Churches in Tigray

More Christian prisoners of faith have been set free in Eritrea, according to Release International.  The charity reports a further 21 women prisoners have been released, making 171 Christians freed since August last year.

Arab Spring fallout in Egypt spurs spiritual change

This week in history, ten years ago, anti-government protests were sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa.

A decade of war fuels Christian growth in Syria

Syria’s unresolved civil war turns ten this month. The humanitarian fallout is unfathomable.

USCIRF Marks 10th Anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti Assassination

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today marks the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Federal Minister of Minorities Affairs and the first Christian parliamentarian in Pakistan’s government.

Erdogan's Human Rights Plan Only Hints at Religious Freedom

Questions Linger About Turkey’s Implementation of  Proposed Religious Freedom Activities 

USCIRF Applauds U.S. Senate Bipartisan Efforts to Create the Senate Human Rights Commission

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauds the reintroduction of a resolution to establish the Senate Human Rights Commission (S.Res.80).

Christian named head of Indonesian police

Indonesia has named an evangelical Christian, General Listyo Sigit Prabowoto, to be the head of the national police. He has vowed to support minorities and fight against extremism.

March Prayer Calendar

Prayer Focus: Burma, China

Lashio Church in Myanmar Raided by Military and Police

14 Christians, including Pastors and Seminary Students Arrested

Egypt allows Muslims to help build churches

Egypt will now allow Muslims to build Christian churches as paid laborers. Egyptian Muslims in the past have often seen this kind of work as taboo.

Police in India Allow Hindu Extremist Attack on Churches, then Arrest Christians

Pastor charged under state's new 'anti-conversion' ordinance.

High Court in Pakistan Grants Bail to Christian Convicted of Blasphemy

Pakistan’s Youngest Blasphemy Convict Granted Freedom After Four Years in Prison

Church Vandalized by Radical Hindu Nationalists in Northern India

On February 16, members of the Akhila Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the ruling Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP), vandalized a church in India’s Uttar Pradesh state.

Nigerian Schoolboys Released, 317 Schoolgirls Abducted

The 42 people kidnapped from the Government Science College in Niger State regained their freedom on Saturday, February 27th, one day after 317 schoolgirls were abducted by armed militants.

Islamic Extremists Threaten to Kill Abducted Pastor in One Week if Ransom Isn’t Paid

According to a Morning Star News report, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has released a video of abducted Pastor Bulus Yikura of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, stating that they will execute him on Wednesday, March 3rd, if their ransom isn’t paid.

Burma (Myanmar): Christians Imperilled.

Also update on Ibrahim Firouzi, Iran.

Boko Haram Death-Threat Ultimatum to Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor

Islamist terror group Boko Haram has given the Nigerian government until March 3 to save the life of Pastor Bulus Yakuru, who was abducted in Borno state on Christmas Eve.

Dutch Parliament Passes Motion Calling on Government to Recognise Armenian Genocide

The Dutch parliament voted on 27 February to pass a widely-supported motion calling upon the government to recognise the Armenian Genocide.

Iranian Convert Released From Prison but Charges Against Him Remain

Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi was conditionally released from prison on bail on February 27, but the charges against him remain in place.

Pakistani Christian Couple’s Appeal Hearing Against “Blasphemy” Death Sentences Postponed Again

The appeal court hearing for Pakistani couple Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar against their “blasphemy” conviction has once again been postponed.

Christian in Pakistan Convicted of 'Blasphemy' Released on Bail

Appeal of Christian couple on death row again inexplicably delayed.

Siming District Religious Affairs Bureau notice to wife of Minister Yang Xibo: "You have violated Articles 20, 21, 22, 40 and 41 of...."

March 01, 2021) On February 24 (the fifteenth day of 2021 on the lunar calendar), Siming District Religious Affairs Bureau issued an Administrative punishment notice to Wang Xiaofei, wife of Minister Yang Xibo of Xiamen Xunsiding Church.

Pastor in India Beaten for Refusing to Help Pay for Tribal Rituals

Police's solution: hand over money and don't press charges.

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.’



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