CIC Persecution News Headlines

 News of persecution, human rights violations, and other articles of interest.

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 1 Corinthians 12:26a

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending May 15, 2021


Prayer and Protest for Eritrea and Tigray

For the past 18 years, we’ve held an annual gathering to mark the closure of most churches in Eritrea and the campaign of arrests that followed, targeting Christians to this day.

Church Attacked and Desecrated in Eastern Turkey

Incident Occurs in Same Village Where Priest's Parents Were Kidnapped

Boko Haram ‘flies flag 2 hours from Abuja’ warned Governor, as Nigerian captive teen turns 18

Today (14 May), Leah Sharibu is 18 years old; it’s her fourth birthday as the captive of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

With hearts full of peace, ERCC Brothers, Sisters, and children sing hymns in Damian Police police station

During the evening of May 8, Minister Wu Wudao’s wife, with several Brothers, Sisters, and children from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), waited at the Damian Police station for officers to release Minister Wu from custody.

Ransom Demanded for Pastor Abducted in Southwest Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen suspected.

State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. Government Highlights Increasing Persecution Around the World

Pastor Slain after Leading Muslims to Christ at Religious Debate

Father of 11 planted 50 churches in eastern Uganda.

Iranian Christians Face Continued Legal Harassment

Two high-profile Christian cases have made their way to Iran’s Supreme Court while four other Christian converts were temporarily released and one more received a 10-month prison sentence.

Proposed Azeri Amendments Threaten to Restrict Christians

Amendments to Azerbaijan’s Religion Law and Administrative Code were read on April 23, and if passed, could drastically change the religious dynamics in the country.

Suspected Fulani Militants Attack Christian Mission School

According to a Morning Star News report, four students were abducted from The King’s School on Thursday, April 29, when suspected Fulani Jihadists attacked the Christian school in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Preachers from Zion Church in Beijing Arrested, Detained

The Disbanded House Church Continues to Face Persecution

Papua (Indonesia): 'Satan's Forces' Enter a Darkened Papua.

On 25 April armed rebels in Papua's Puncak Regency shot and killed a senior Indonesian intelligence official in what analysts suspect was a planned assassination [see RLPB 595 (27 April)].

Terrorist Group Allegedly Murdered Four Christian Farmers in Central Sulawesi

Victims Stabbed to Death, One Beheaded

USCIRF Welcomes the Release of State Department’s 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom congratulates the State Department on the release of its 2020 International Religious Freedom Report.

USCIRF News Digest - May 11, 2021

The Persecuted Church Stands Together


Did you know that Iran Alive Ministries has planted a thriving underground church network in Iran? Faithful believers have risked their lives to establish and grow house churches, even in the face of unimaginable danger. 

Updated Intercessory Prayer Message from Early Rain Covenant Church

On May 08, Brother Dai Zhichao shared the following Updated Intercessory Prayer Message from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC):

Early Rain Covenant Church’s Prayer Request

On May 8 at approximately 2 pm, police officers from Chengdu City Longquanyi District Damian Police Station seized Minister Wu Wuqing of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC). In the past, in addition to police regularly summoning Minister Wu to their station, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials directed providers to cut off the water, electricity, and gas to his house multiple times.

The Ministry of Morning Star News

Since 2012, Morning Star News has been uncovering otherwise unknown cases of persecuted Christians, leading to prayer, aid and advocacy for them and their families.

Pakistani Christian Nurses Fear for Lives After Accusation of “Blasphemy”

Three Pakistani Christian nurses fear for their lives after a “blasphemy” accusation against them provoked anger among their Muslim colleagues.

Gunmen Release Last of 39 Nigerian Students Kidnapped From Kaduna College

Gunmen in Nigeria have released the remaining 29 students, mostly Christians, kidnapped from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna state, after almost two months in captivity.

More Than a Million Reached by Barnabas With Call to Pray for India

More than a million people were reached with a request to pray for India amidst the ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases.

This Wednesday: Hearing on Ending Genocide

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing that will highlight how the U.S. government has made the determination to call, or not to call, mass atrocities against religious groups genocide and offer recommendations to enhance U.S. efforts to respond to mass atrocities. 

Turkish Airstrikes Displace Iraqi Christian Villages

Airstrikes Coincide with Anniversary of Turkey’s 20th Century Genocide Against Christians

Muslims seize Pakistani hospital chapel, threaten Christians

Last month, we reported that two Christian nurses in Pakistan were arrested for removing an Arabic sticker. Read more here.

China ramps up campaign against religious freedom

China continues its crackdown on religious freedom.

Incredible video: Christian pastor dragged to jail for 'inciting' people to go to church

Kidnappings Terrorize Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Nurses, pastor's wife taken, plus mass abduction from one village.



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