CIC Persecution News Headlines

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 1 Corinthians 12:26a

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending June 19, 2021


Please pray for the family of Nehemiah Christie, in India, as they mourn his loss

As a Christian leader and human rights defender in India, Nehemiah lived under the threat of violence every day. Yet he still devoted his life to pursuing justice and championing religious freedom for everyone.

FBR: Grief and Comfort in a Monsoon

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UPDATE: Ten Years after the Arab Spring

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event examining the long-term impact of the Arab Spring movement on religious freedom across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and assessing U.S. policy options.

USCIRF Condemns Saudi Arabia’s Latest Execution of Shi’a Man

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the Saudi government for executing Mustafa Darwish, a 26-year old Shi’a Muslim man arrested in 2015 on charges of “participation in armed rebellion against the rulers.”

More change in Gujarat spells trouble for Christians

India’s Gujarat state has implemented yet another law targeting religious minorities.

Kenya: Christian Pastor Slain over Outreach to Muslims, Sources Say

Police say suspect confessed motive for killing bishop.

Event: Exodus of Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan

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

New Myanmar Report Explores History and Future of Eight Religious Minority Groups

The International Community Must Support Their Fight for Freedom
USCIRF News Digest - June 16, 2021

Police seize Hao Guiru for visiting Minister Wu Wuqing inside his home (with door chained)

On June 12 at approximately 8 am, Early Rain Covenant Church's (ERCC) Brother Hao Guiru visited Minister Wu Wuqing at his home in Longquanyi District. In addition to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials unlawfully restraining Minister Wu’s family at home since June 4, authorities installed a lock and an iron chain on his door to prevent Minister Wu's family from leaving.

Airstrikes Kill in Karenni State While an Estimated 100,000 Flee

On 31 May at 1700hrs, the Burma Army attacked Demoso Town in Karenni State; they shot on and off for two hours, with two different helicopters.

UN experts show concern on forced organ harvesting in China

ChinaAid welcomes the United Nations’ recent report of evidence of an alleged systematic system of forced organ harvesting targeting minorities, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians, in detention in China. 

Police summon Elder Li Yingqiang and nine other ERCC Christians to police station after memorial service of congregant’s father

 During the morning of June 12, Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) held a memorial service for the father of Zhu Lei, a congregant of the church.

Pakistani Christian couple acquitted after 7 years on death row

In 2014, Shafqat and Shagufta, a Christian Pakistani couple, were sentenced to death for alleged text messages blaspheming against the prophet Mohammed.

Dead or alive? Shekau status unlikely to alter Nigeria’s instability By Katey HearthJune 15, 2021

Demonstrators in Nigeria want President Buhari out after admitting his failure to control the ongoing insurgency.

Children Orphaned, Civilians Dead from Landmines, and Villager Shot by Burma Army in Karen State

*Update on Kidnapped Mother of Three

Homes of Nine Christian Families in India Ransacked and Destroyed

According to local sources, almost 40 Christians in India were displaced from their village after their homes were destroyed by local Hindu radicals.

ERCC Preacher Locked Up in His Own Home

The police in Sichuan continue to harass the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) members in bizarre ways.

Student Killed, Several Abducted from College in Nigeria

According to a Reuters report, one student was killed and at least 10 people were abducted on Thursday from the main campus of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zairia, Kaduna state.

Assyrian Christian Activist Kidnapped and Released by Terrorist Group

Assyrian activist, Husam Alkass, was abducted and later released by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), according to the Assyrian Policy Institute.

Burma (Myanmar): War Comes to Chin and Kayah States

Just as RLPB 590 'Christian Crisis Looms' (24 March) predicted, a Christian crisis is unfolding in Burma 'as the front-line moves outwards, from the Burman-dominated centre to the ethnic minority periphery'.

Evangelicals Take Brunt of COVID-19 Collateral Damage in Vietnam

Christians fear lasting effects of vilification of REM church.

Acquitted Christian Couple, Attorney in Pakistan Fear for their Lives

Islamic extremists call for their deaths.

Thousands Forced to Flee in Chin State, Myanmar After Military Strikes Against IDP Camps

Around 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Chin state, Myanmar, have again been forced to flee after Myanmar army attacks on villages and IDP camps.

Teenage Ethiopian Christian Boy Summarily Shot Dead by Authorities

A 17-year-old Ethiopian Christian has been shot dead without trial in broad daylight in Dembi Dollo, Oromia region.

Christians Launch Legal Challenge Against Gujarat Education Act, as Anti-Conversion Bill Set to Come Into Force

Christians and other religious minorities have launched a legal challenge against a new law that is set to increase state control of religious schools in Gujarat state, India.

Official Churches Among Those Affected by Chinese Social Media Clampdown

China has continued its crackdown on Christian social media content, with the accounts of churches and Christian ministries removed from social media platform WeChat on June 7.

5,500 Young Persecuted Christians Apply for Croatian Scholarships

Croatia’s Ministry of Science and Education and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have been inundated with 5,500 applications for scholarships set aside for young, persecuted Christians from developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church members who fled to Jeju Island and await rescue admit, “There’s no way back for us”

Persecution by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities led to approximately 60 members (30 children) of Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church in southern China currently seeking asylum in South Korea.



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