05.22.2021

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 May 22, 2021

 

 

Documentary Released About Pastor Andrew Brunson, Wrongfully Imprisoned Two Years in Turkey

Pastor Andrew Brunson spent more than two years wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey, separated from his family, after more than two decades of Christian ministry in the country.

Burkina Faso: Attack on baptism party kills 15

Troubling news surfaced this week in Burkina Faso: “This was an attack on a baptism service, specifically targeting Christians. It is believed that it was radical Muslims [who attacked], possibly affiliated with the Islamic State,” The Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says.

52-Year-Old Christian Shot and Killed by Radical Hindu Nationalists in India

Christian family seriously injured after brutal attack with gun, swords, and sickles

Continued Prayer Needed for China

As the leader of an unregistered church, Pastor Wang Yi knew he was in danger.

Young Mother, 19-Year-Old Christian Killed in Central Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen earlier threatened family.

Police raid home of Zhao Weikai, leader inTaiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church; summoning him and his wife for “proselytism”

On Tuesday morning, May 17, local police raided the home of Zhao Weikai, a Christian, and summoned him to their station under the charge of “proselytism” [for providing Christian education in his home].

German Court Upholds Ban on Silent Prayers Near Abortion Center

Twice a year, around 20 people have gathered to pray for the women considering abortion and for the lives of their unborn children in the town of Pforzheim. The vigils took place for 40 days — silently and peacefully.

US religious freedom report mentions VOM Korea

Each year, the U.S. State Department releases its annual International Religious Freedom report. This report talks about the state of religious freedom in countries around the world. Read this report here.

State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. Government Highlights Increasing Persecution Around the World

Two Christian Children Sexually Assaulted by Muslim Men in Pakistan

According to local sources in Pakistan, two Christian children were recently sexually assaulted by Muslim men.

Terrorist Group Allegedly Murdered Four Christian Farmers in Central Sulawesi

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on May 11, four Christian farmers from the village of Kalimago, Poso regency, were murdered by five sword-wielding attackers.

Turkish Airstrikes Displace Iraqi Christian Villages

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

India: Victims of Hindutva 'Virus'

(1) Lawfare in Madhya Pradesh;

(2) The end of Modi Magic?

USCIRF News Digest - May 18, 2021

Update on Religious Freedom Progress in Sudan

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event assessing recent progress on religious freedom conditions in Sudan.

Chengdu police officers abuse ERCC Christians visiting detained Minister Wu Wuqing

Although Longquanyi District Damian Police Station authorities released Minister Wu Wuqing of Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) from custody at noon on May 05, officers subsequently summoned him again—twice, on May 7 and May 8.

Terrorists Kill Four Christian Farmers in Indonesia

Islamist terrorists from the East Indonesia Mujahideen killed four Christian farmers in Poso district in Central Sulawesi province.

Latvia Recognises Armenian Genocide
Latvia has officially recognized as genocide the slaughter of Armenians and other Christians by the Ottoman Empire.

China Places Further Restrictions on Christian Social Media Content
China has placed further restrictions on Christian content on social media platform WeChat, including the blocking of Christian search terms and removal of Christian accounts.

Church Vandalized During Terrorist Attack in Niger

A church was vandalized during a terrorist attack in the region of Tillabéri, Niger, which left five dead and two seriously injured.

Pakistani Church Leader Says Abolition of “Blasphemy” Laws “Impossible”

A Pakistani church leader has argued that it is “impossible” to abolish the country’s controversial “blasphemy” laws.

China, Genocide and the Olympics, Joint Congressional Hearing May 18

As you know, the United States has formally designated the CCP genocide of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang (a.k.a. the captive nation of East Turkistan).

USCIRF Concerned by Azerbaijan Religion Law Amendments, Condition of Ghazanchetsots Cathedra

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is concerned that proposed amendments to Azerbaijan’s law “On Freedom of Religious Beliefs” would fail to address issues in the existing law, which USCIRF Commissioners raised in a delegation to the country last year.

Muslim Extremists Burn Down Christian Widow's Reconstructed House

Mother of five fled in 2015 after her husband was killed.

Thank You for Standing with the Persecuted Church

Years ago, I met with church leaders in China who shared their incredible perspective on persecution.

The Persecuted Church Stands Together

Did you know that Iran Alive Ministries has planted a thriving underground church network in Iran? 

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).

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.

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. New rules require all religious workers to pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party and resist foreign interference.

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

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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