04.17.2021

  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 April 17, 2021

 

Please Continue to Pray for Vietnamese and Nigerian Christians

May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers. (Psalm 20:5)

Psalm 20 is a joyful prayer anticipating God’s victory, and reminds us to pray with renewed faith in even the most difficult situations. This week, pray this verse for Vietnam.

Court to hold hearing for Chongqing Mount of Olive Church

On March 24, local police officers, accompanied by authorities from the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs jointly raided Chongqing Mount of Olive Church.

Send an encouraging word to sister Zhang in prison

You might have seen Zhang Zhan on the news. This brave Chinese citizen journalist made global headlines for her coverage on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan back in early 2020. 

Christians Confined to Home by Police, Tribal Threats in India

Young children among family members beaten.

USCIRF Alarmed by Deteriorating Religious Freedom Conditions & Security in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed its alarm and outrage regarding deteriorating religious freedom conditions in Nigeria in the context of increased violence.

USCIRF Releases Report on Antisemitism in Europe and Implications for U.S. Policy

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released a new report titled “Antisemitism in Europe,” which assesses antisemitism in select European countries and implications for U.S. policy.

Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church reports recent mysterious return of CCP confiscated items

Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (Sichuan Province) reported that on April 09, unidentified individuals mysteriously returned several Christian items the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had confiscated in the past.

Azerbaijan Opens “Trophy Park” Celebrating Genocide

Turkey Continues “One Nation, Two States” Rhetoric with Azerbaijan

RUSSIA: Flagship Protestant colleges stripped of right to offer higher education

On 6 April, two days after the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ingria celebrated Easter, its Theological Institute was stripped of its higher education licence, leaving it unable to conduct formal religious education.

How to pray for Muslims during Ramadan 2021

Ramadan begins tonight. This holy month of fasting from sunup to sundown is one of the five pillars of Islam.

India’s Supreme Court Affirms Religious Freedom and Rejects Ban on Religious Conversions

Last week, the Supreme Court of India affirmed the religious freedom rights of Indian citizens in rejecting a petition calling for a nationwide law against religious conversions.

“Transformation Centers” to Detain Chinese Christians Exist but Not the Norm

Recently, it is reported that Christians in China are being detained in secretive, mobile “transformation” facilities where they are subject to brainwashing, torture, and beatings to force them to renounce their faith.

Abducted Priest Freed in Nigeria

According to the Nigeria Daily Post, Reverend Prof. Izu Marcell Onyeocha of Mother Theresa Golgotha Catholic Church was kidnapped by suspected Fulani Militants early Saturday morning while driving along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road in Imo state.

Survivors of the 2019 Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka File Lawsuit Against Members of Former Government

According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), the relatives of those killed and injured in the 2019 Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka have filed legal cases against Sri Lanka’s former president, prime minister, senior police officers, and others.

China: Intense Suffering Descends on Church

On the morning of 16 March some twenty Christians gathered in a rented room in Yuli Plaza, Guiyang City, the capital of Guizhou Province, to begin a three-day retreat.

Mother of Seven Wounded, Loses Family for Becoming Christian

Husband attacks her with dagger, she says. By Our East Africa Correspondent

Nigeria: We Remember the Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapping 7 Years On...

This Wednesday, April 14, 2021, is the seventh anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping, during which Boko Haram Islamist militants abducted a total of 276 Christian schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.

U.S. Federal Judge Rules University Behaved Unlawfully in De-Registering Christian Union

A federal judge has ruled that it is unlawful for a Michigan university to bar a student Christian union from requiring its leaders to be professing Christians.

Christian Charged With Illegal Importation in Northern Cyprus After Being Found in Possession of Bibles

A Christian in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has been charged with illegal importation after being found in possession of Bibles, New Testaments and other Christian books.

Pastor Convicted of “Creating Disorder” Released From Prison in Laos

The pastor of a church in Savannakhet, Laos, was released from prison on April 9, three days after being convicted of “creating disorder” and “disrupting unity”.

Six Somaliland Christian Converts Charged With Offences Against Islam

Six Somaliland Christian converts from Islam were charged on 4 April with offences against the state religion (Islam) and inciting others to disobey laws relating to public order.

Eritrean Authorities Release All but One of 23 Christians Arrested at Prayer Meeting

Authorities in Eritrea released on Sunday, April 11, all but one of 23 Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in the capital, Asmara, toward the end of March.

Armenian Church in U.K. Calls on Azerbaijan to Release Armenian Prisoners of War

The Armenian church in the United Kingdom has called upon Azerbaijan to release Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) who remain captive following the autumn 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tatmadaw Raid Kachin Church Buildings in Myanmar

The Myanmar army – also known as the Tatmadaw – raided church buildings in Kachin state, Myanmar (Burma), on April 3.

Two Pakistani Christian Nurses Accused of “Blasphemy” Rescued From Angry Mob

Two Pakistani Christian nurses were rescued by police from an angry mob on 9 April after they were accused of “blasphemy” by hospital staff in Faisalabad.

Eight Nigerian Christians Released After Abduction From Church Minibus in Kaduna

Eight Christians who were abducted by bandits from their church minibus on 26 March have now been released.

One Christian Killed, Four Injured, and Four Abducted in Kaduna, Nigeria

One Christian was killed, four others injured, and a further four abducted by bandits in an attack on a church bus in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

Canadian Member of Parliament Advocates for Yaqoob Bashir Masih

nternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned Canadian Member of Parliament Garnett Genuis has written a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan advocating for a Christian victim of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, Yaqoob Bashir Masih.

India: third state in three months passes anti-conversion law

Gujarat becomes the third Indian state in three months to pass anti-conversion legislation.

Christian Nurses Attacked, Arrested under Blasphemy Law in Pakistan

Muslim co-workers instigate aggression against two women.

Korean Persecution: A Command or a Prize

“God cares for the least hair on our heads. Therefore, how can persecution be considered anything other than the command of God or His prize” - St. Andrew

We praise God for the history of Korea and we pray expectantly for the future of the Church. The Gospel is the secret to breaking down walls and allowing His Holy Spirit to rush through.

 

 

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