CIC Persecution News Headlines

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending April 3, 2021



Indonesia Easter After Church Suicide Attack Injures 20

Indonesian Christians faced a tense Easter after President Joko Widodo pledged to break up a terror network saying two suspected suicide bombers attacked a Catholic Church last Sunday, March 28, in the city of Makassar, injuring at least 20 worshipers.

Thailand Returns Thousands Of Christians Fleeing Myanmar Attacks

Thailand has denied forcing back more than 2,000 mainly Christian refugees fleeing deadly airstrikes in neighboring Myanmar despite video footage suggesting many boarding boats under Thai soldiers’ watch.

Christians Among Dozens Massacred In Mozambique; Thousands Flee

Dozens of people, including Christians, were killed and thousands forced to flee after hundreds of Islamist militants attacked the northern Mozambique town of Palma, aid workers say.

Armenia’s leading cultural authority accuses neighboring Azerbaijan of demolishing an Armenian Church in a disputed area.

Abducted Nigerian Christian Girl Has Second Child

An abducted Christian schoolgirl, who refused to convert to Islam, has given birth to a second child while held captive by Islamist militants, several sources confirmed.

Bandits Kidnap Christian Evangelists in Nigeria

Bandits have reportedly abducted eight Christian evangelists in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State amid an Islamic campaign of targeted kidnappings, Christians said.

Please Pray for Christians in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, As Easter Arrives

Easter is one of the most special times of year for Christians all over the world; time for us to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Myanmar Massacre: GFA World Calls For Prayer Amid Military Coup

One of Asia’s largest humanitarian agencies is calling on Christians to pray for Myanmar’s suffering people in the throes of the nation’s bloody military coup.

Christians Forced to 'Re-Convert' to Tribal Religion in Central India

Four families assaulted and cut off from water, fields.

Good Friday Power Prayer for Persecuted Christians

On Good Friday, Save the Persecuted Christians will be praying for our precious brothers and sisters in danger of death, violence, and captivity for following Christ.

U.S. State Department Releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2020

Secretary of State signals emphasis on international human rights but leaves emphasis of religious freedom less clear.

UZBEKISTAN: Fines, magazine destruction

On 18 January, a Tashkent court fined local Baptist Tatyana Akhmadiyeva two weeks' average wages for offering 15 Christian magazines to her neighbours
at a Christmas celebration in her home.

German Pastor Hopeful in Fight to Remain in Turkey

A German pastor fighting expulsion from Turkey is hopeful that he may be the exception to a wave of foreign Christian leaders expelled from the country as “threats to national security.”

Civil war fears grow in Myanmar; believers persevere

Civil war threats loom large in Myanmar. This weekend’s military crackdown on civilian protestors led to the highest death toll since the February 1 coup.

Makassar Update: Suicide Bombers are Newlyweds from JAD Terrorist Group

More details start to emerge after the suicide bomb attack against a Catholic Cathedral in Makassar yesterday shocked the nation of Indonesia.

Religious Freedoms Crackdowns Intensify in Russia with Fresh Arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Crackdowns on religious freedom have intensified in Russia in 2021, with the arrest last week of a 30-year-old Jehovah’s Witness in the city of Kerch in the Russian occupied region of Crimea, Ukraine.

Eleven People Rescued from Boko Haram Captivity

The Nigerian Tribune reported that the Nigerian army killed at least 48 Boko Haram Terrorists and saved eleven of their captives during a military operation in Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria.

Nuns Forcefully Removed from Train by Hindu Nationalists in India

According to Asia News, two nuns from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart were forcefully removed from a train by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in India.

March 2021 Update, Incl. Burma (Myanmar), Algeria, Armenia-Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka


USCIRF Highlights Impact of Financial Restrictions on Civil Society

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following factsheet on the impact of financial regulations on religious organizations and religious freedom:

Palm Sunday church bombing injures 20 in Indonesia

Two suicide bombers attacked a church in South Sulawesi, Indonesia on Palm Sunday. The explosion injured twenty.

German Pastor Hopeful in Fight to Remain in Turkey

Wave of expulsions leaving many churches without leaders.

Myanmar Army Fighter Jets Bomb Karen Villages, Killing Three and Injuring Eight

Myanmar army fighter jets launched air strikes on a Karen village on March 27, killing at least three and injuring eight.

Nineteen Injured in Suicide Bomb Attack on Indonesian Church

Nineteen people were injured when two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on March 28, as the congregation celebrated Palm Sunday.

Christian Families Lose Everything as Fire Engulfs Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh

Many Christian families lost their shelter and what little possessions they owned when fire engulfed a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 22 March.

Armenian National Commission for UNESCO Condemns Post-Conflict Church Demolition in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the alleged demolition of a church building in Mekhakavan, Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan.

Eight Christians Abducted by Bandits in Kaduna, Nigeria

Eight Christians have been abducted by bandits in Kaduna State, Nigeria, after their minibus was stopped on the way from Kaduna city to Kafanchan on 26 March.

Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirl Leah Sharibu Gives Birth to Second Child While Held Captive

The abducted Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu has given birth to a second child while held captive by Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

USCIRF Condemns the Chinese Government’s Sanctions on USCIRF Commissioners

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the Chinese government’s sanctions on USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin and Vice Chair Tony Perkins, imposed in an apparent retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials and for USCIRF’s consistent criticism of the Chinese Communist Party government’s atrocities against Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.

Power Prayer for Persecuted Christians - Good Friday

On Good Friday, Save the Persecuted Christians will be praying for our precious brothers and sisters in danger of death, violence, and captivity for following Christ.

Indonesia: Makassar Cathedral Attacked by Suicide Bombers

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on March 28, a suspected suicide bomber blew up outside a Catholic church in Makassar, Sulawesi, while the church was having the Palm Sunday Mass.

Church Members Abducted from Bus in North-Central Nigeria

Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria suspect Muslim Fulani herdsmen were behind the kidnapping of eight Christians from a bus in the southern part of the state on Friday (March 26).



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