CIC Persecution News Headlines

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending July 9, 2021


NIGERIA | Protests Follow Civilian Abductions

Residents of the Sabon Tasha district, Kaduna state capital, Nigeria, blocked roads in and out of the area on July 8 in protest after 15 people were abducted.

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USCIRF Condemns School Abductions in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the attack on a Christian school in Nigeria, where 125 students are reportedly missing after unknown gunmen raided Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State.

World Mission feels effects of Nigeria violence

This month, a United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) panel brought to light disturbing statistics about violence against Christians in Nigeria.

Christian florist after 8-year court battle: 'I could lose everything

Supreme Court rejected her appeal of punishment for refusing to assist same-sex wedding

AZERBAIJAN: "They hold services and pray there, but without a congregation"

Since early May, Azerbaijani military forces have blocked Armenian
Apostolic Church pilgrims' access to Sunday worship services at Dadivank

NIGERIA | Schools Ordered to Close Amid Crisis

The Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority ordered the closure of 13 schools, most of which belong to Christian denominations or organizations, which it identified as being “vulnerable” following the abduction of staff and students from Bethel Baptist High School in the Chikun Local Government Area of southern Kaduna.

140 kidnapped from Baptist Nigerian school

Attackers kidnapped at least 140 students from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

USCIRF Condemns Death of Jesuit Priest Imprisoned in India

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned in the strongest terms the deliberate neglect and targeting by the government of India that led to the death of Father Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old Jesuit priest and longtime human rights defender.

Gunmen Kidnap 153 Baptist Church High School Students in Nigeria

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in the early hours of July 5, 2021, gunmen invaded Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria, and kidnapped 153 students.

Christian in Algeria Sentenced to Prison, Heavy Fine

Convert denies charges related to 'shaking faith of a Muslim.'

High Court in Pakistan Upholds Girl's Forced Marriage, Conversion

Custody of 13-year-old 'wife' granted to Muslim father of four.

At Least 10 Killed in the DRC During Overnight Attack

DRC (International Christian Concern) –Islamic extremists are suspected to be behind an attack that killed at least 10 people last night in the city of Beni in eastern DR Congo.

Church Burned in West Sulawesi, Indonesia

A church in East Batang Uru Village, Sumarorong District, Mamasa, in West Sulawesi province of Indonesia was burned by an unknown person in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, June 27.

Iran Sentences Christian Converts Under New Sectarianism Law

On June 21st the charge of “propaganda against the Islamic regime” was upheld against three Christian converts, Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi, and Alireza Nourmohammadi, standing trial in the Revolutionary Court of Karaj in northern Iran in a hearing that took less than an hour.

Christian in Pakistan Forced to Forfeit Promotion Due to Abuse and Threats

In May, a Christian in Pakistan was abused and threatened by Muslim coworkers at a hospital in Karachi after he received a promotion the month before.

Nigeria: Terror Strikes Kaduna (Again)

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USCIRF News Digest - July 6, 2021

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Officials reject attorney's requests to meet with Elder Zhang Chunlei—four consecutive days during the CCP’s Centennial

On July 03, Yang Aiqing, wife of Elder Zhang Chunlei of Guiyang Ren Ai Reformed Church, revealed that detention center officials had repeatedly refused to permit the attorney representing her husband to visit him.

Islamic Extremists Burn Pastor to Death in Uganda

Villagers set house on fire.

First Christians Sentenced to Prison under New Law in Iran

Harsher punishments meted out under amendments.

Murder Case Opens After Pakistani Christian Factory Worker Dies Following Abuse by Co-Workers

A Christian factory worker in Pakistan died after being allegedly abused physically by two co-workers. A murder investigation is ongoing.

Scores of Students Kidnapped From Christian School in Nigeria

Scores of students were kidnapped when gunmen stormed a Christian boarding school on July 5 in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

Myanmar Pastors Arrested for Leading Prayers for Peace

Three pastors from Kachin state, Myanmar, have been arrested for organizing prayers for peace.

Desecration of Christian Graves by Indonesian Schoolchildren Raises Fears of Radicalization

A group of Muslim schoolchildren aged between five and twelve has been accused of desecrating graves at a Christian cemetery in Surakarta, central Java province, Indonesia.

China: Insider information disputes Chengdu Jintang Prison’s claim” “Wang Yi is doing very well…”

Recent insider information disputes Chengdu Jintang Prison officials’ claim: “Wang Yi is doing very well …, (that he) reads every day, works out, and does physical exercises.”

China: Early Rain Covenant Church family welcomed to the United States

Liao Qiang, a church member of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, and his family fled to Taiwan from China in July 2019 after repeated interrogation and harassment by the police.

CCP critically censors religious books, audios, and videos prior to July 01—it’s 100th anniversary

Signs that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified its censorship on religious books, videos and audios before July 1st, the 100th anniversary of CCP, abound.

China: Radio Free Asia: Primary School in China's Shandong Calls on Parents to Search Out Foreign Books

On June 28, Radio Free Asia posted the article ,"Radio Free Asia: Primary School in China's Shandong Calls on Parents to Search Out Foreign Books." 


China: Hunan police arrest street preacher Chen Wensheng again—and again and again

On June 19, Hengyang Community, United Front Work Department, State Security Department, and Municipal Bureau of Public Security authorities teamed with Ninghai police officers to jointly arrest Chen Wensheng and Brother Shao for preaching the gospel in Zhejiang Province.

Aliyah: "This Fathers' Day, my father has been detained 700 days by the Chinese Communist Party"

On Fathers' Day, June 20, Doudou [American name, Aliyah], the five-year-old daughter of imprisoned Changsha rights activist, Lawyer Cheng Yuan, said: "My father has been detained 700 days by the Chinese Communist Party [CCP]."

Pakistani Christian hospital workers pressured to resign

In Pakistan, a movement to force Christians out of their jobs is gaining steam.

Suspected Fulani Kidnap Christian High School Students in Nigeria

Most of nearly 180 children taken away at gunpoint, sources say.

Gunmen Attack Christian Government Worker in Sudan

Religious affairs ministry advisor beaten for advocating return of church properties.

Pastor in Northern India Killed for His Faith, Sources Say

Ferocity of attack indicates anti-Christian motive, wife and Christian leaders say.




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