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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending April 10, 2021


Elder Zhang Chunlei meets with lawyer for first time; CCP changes administrative to criminal detention

On April 6, Elder Zhang Chunlei of Ren’ai Reformed Church, detained since March 16, met with his lawyer for the first time.

Detained Elder Zhang Chunlei of Ren’ai House Church meets with lawyer

Breaking News: On April 6, Elder Zhang Chunlei of Ren’Ai House Church met with his lawyer for the first time since his arrest on March 16.

Asking for Prayer for Indonesia and Burma

Although it grieves us to tell you about the injustices and hardships faced by people around the world because of their beliefs, we are proud of the endurance and faithfulness those people display – just like the Apostle Paul was proud to tell other churches about what the Church in Thessalonica was experiencing.

Turkey | Assyrian Christian Priest Sentenced

Assyrian Christian Priest Father Sefer Bileçen, known as Father Aho, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison by a Turkish court.

Two Christian Nurses in Pakistan Falsely Accused of Blasphemy by Muslim Coworker

Mob Shuts Down Hospital Calling for Christians to be Hanged

Coptic Christian Woman and 6-Year-Old Son Murdered

Egyptian Media Minimizes Vulnerability of the Victims as Christians

21Wilberforce Alert - India...Partly Free

On April 6th nearly 100 million people in India voted to elect 475 assembly seats across four states and one Union territory: Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Chinese Christians Held in Secretive Brainwashing Camps: Sources

Authorities in China are detaining Christians in secretive, mobile "transformation" facilities to make them renounce their faith, RFA has

Turkey Sentences Priest to Imprisonment for Acts of Religious Charity

Anti-Terrorism Laws Used to Disregard Religious Freedom

Police plunder Abundance Church in Yanjiao, Hebei, illegaly confiscate church property

On March 27, officials from the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, the public security department, the state security department, and community police illegally plundered Yanjiao Abundance Church.

Update: CCP authorities transfer Zhang Zhan to Shanghai Women’s Prison; deny family's request to visit

An update from March 19 reveals that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities transferred Chinese citizen journalist, a former practicing lawyer, Zhang Zhan to the Shanghai women’s prison.

VIETNAM | Renewed Call for Release of Prisoners 

CSW joins other advocates in calling for the release of four prisoners of conscience in Vietnam on the third anniversary of their trial, amid concerns about their health and conditions.

India’s Gujarat State Passes New Anti-Conversion Law

BJP-Led Government Tightens Restrictions on Religious Conversions

20,000 in Hiding in Karen State as Burma Army Airstrikes and Ground Attacks Continue to Kill Civilian

The Burma military continued its airstrikes in spite of an announced ceasefire, and ground attacks have stepped up in northern Karen State, displacing now over 20,000 people in the three northern districts of Karen State alone.

Myanmar coup death toll rises to over 500

Over two months have passed since Myanmar’s military seized power of the country from the elected government. In that time, well over 500 people have been killed.

Suspected ADF Rebels Massacre 23 in DRC

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is suspected to be behind the massacre of 23 people Tuesday night in eastern DRC’s Beni Region.

Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali

Four peacekeepers were killed by suspected Jihadists on Friday in the Kidal region of northeast Mali, reports UN News.

Indonesia Christians Celebrate Easter with Heightened Security

After the suicide bomb attack at the Catholic cathedral in Makassar on Palm Sunday, Indonesia has increased security for churches around the country.

Kidnapping in Nigeria Funds Boko Haram, Says Kaduna State Governor

“It has been established that the kidnapping operations (by bandits) are substantially funding Boko Haram activities in the North East.”

RAMADAN casts a dark shadow

Ramadan (Muslim month of fasting): 12/13 April to 13 May

Barnabas Fund Calls on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Recognise the Armenian, Assyrian, Syriac and Greek Genocide

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, has written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to recognise formally as genocide the murderous anti-Christian violence in the Ottoman Empire a century ago in which 3.75 million Christians died.

U.S. State Department Confirms Turkish Participation in Nagorno-Karabakh War, Highlights Azerbaijani War Crimes

A report from the U.S. Department of State released March 30 has confirmed the role of Turkey in supporting Azerbaijan’s war against ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Five Out of 39 Nigerian Students Kidnapped From Kaduna College Released

Five out of 39 Nigerian students kidnapped from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna State, in March have been released, the State government announced on 5 April.

Church Minister and Three Worshipers Killed by Gunmen in Benue, Nigeria

A church minister and three other Christians were killed by gunmen in an attack on a church in Benue state, Nigeria.

Islamist Attacks Illustrate the Growth of Jihadism in Mali and Niger

An estimated 137 people were killed in Niger in an attack on three villages by jihadist militants reported to be linked to the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara on Sunday 21 March.

Churches Draw Up Religious Studies Syllabus for Christian Students as Part of Pakistan’s New National Curriculum

Churches in Muslim-majority Pakistan are drawing up a programme of Christian religious studies for inclusion in the government’s new single national curriculum.

CCP authorities deny Elder Zhang Chunlei’s request to meet with lawyer

On April 01, Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church published a prayer request letter asking Christians to continue to pray for God’s protection on Elder Zhang Chunlei and Renai Reformed Church.

House churches in various provinces experienced persecution in March

In the past week, several house churches across various provinces experienced strong opposition from the Chinese government.

Church elder criminally detained without reason

Elder Zhang Chunlei of Guiyang Ren’ai Reformed Church completed his administrative detention on March 28 and was to be released, but he didn’t get his freedom and was instead transferred to a criminal detention.

CCP authorities demand that rural minister in Linyi, Shandong Province refuse gifted Christian books

On March 23, 2021, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) police and state security officers of the local jurisdiction visited the home of a rural minister in Linyi, Shandong Province, demanding that he allow them to check his cell phone.

Police detain Elder Zhang Chunlei 14 days; escalate “routine” home searches to confiscating church members' property

On March 17, Guiyang police officers notified Yang Aiqin, wife of Elder Zhang Chunlei of Ren’ai Reformed Church, to be watching for the official notice of Elder Zhang's 14-day administrative detention.

Chen Jianguo regarding his detention/retreat: “If God wills, I hope that I get to experience this type retreat again.”

On March 22, 2021, Chen Jianguo, a Christian attending Guiyang Ren’ai Reformed Church, posted details of his detention evolving from attending the “retreat” that a church on WeChat organized.

CCP strengthens screening of reportedly "illegal religious activities"

On March 19, Siming District United Front Work Department sent a notice to each neighborhood committee, asking them to strengthen the screening of unregistered churches.

Released from Prison, Algerian Christian Faces Persecution in Tunisia

Slimane Bouhafs seeks refuge in third country.

Aid Workers: ‘Christians Lost Everything In Bangladesh Fire’

Persecuted Christian families “lost everything” when a fire raged through a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar city in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 15 people, Christian aid workers say.

The Unstoppable River of God

The church has always had a gun to its back and a knife to its throat. Things look hopeless until you see the world through spiritual eyes. In God’s upside down economy, death brings life!

BREAKING: ‘Executed Jesus Christ Alive; Tomb Empty’, Friends Say

A man claiming to be the Messiah rose from death Sunday after He died at a cross on Golgotha hill near Jerusalem’s walls, his friends said.



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