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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending August 21, 2021


INDIA | Muslim Attacked by Members of Right-Wing Hindu Group

On Aug. 11, a video of a Muslim man in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh being beaten up and paraded by a mob while his young daughter pleaded with them to spare his life went viral on social media. 

CHINA | CHINA: CSW Calls for Release of Activist

CSW urgently calls for the release of sentenced Chinese Christian human rights defender Zhang Zhan, whose health condition is in a critical state amid a continuous hunger strike against her unjust detention and imprisonment.

China: Lawyers appeal CCP court's severe "fraud" sentences for four Kaili City Church location leaders

Recently, lawyers filed an appeal for the severe verdicts the Intermediate People’s Court of Qiandongnan Autonomous Prefecture ordered for four leaders of a Kaili City Seventh-day Adventist Church location.

China: Deyang City, Longquanshan police officers seize ERCC Elder Li Yingqiang

On August 14, at approximately 7 am, Deyang City, Longquanshan police officers seized Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) Elder Li Yingqiang from his home.

READ: The sobering religious freedom lesson of Afghanistan

The events this week in Afghanistan have shown us the suffering and devastation wrought by a group that is diametrically opposed to religious freedom.

USCIRF Calls on U.S. Government to Include Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan in Evacuations

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called on the United States government to include religious minority communities facing severe risk in evacuations to escape persecution from the Taliban.

Upcoming Event: Deteriorating Religious Freedom Conditions in Algeria

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

What Afghan Christian leaders are asking us to pray for

Afghanistan was already the second-worst country for Christians to live.

USCIRF Releases New Report Highlighting Religious Freedom Conditions in Eritrea

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new country update highlighting religious freedom conditions in Eritrea:

Taliban conquests could embolden other extremist groups

The Taliban has nearly completed its conquest of Afghanistan after seizing Kabul. Only small parts of the country remain free from Taliban control.

CUBA | CSW Condemns Law Attacking Freedom of Expression

CSW condemns a new law published by the Cuban government on Aug. 17 which places further restrictions on freedom of expression online.

How to Pray for Afghanistan, Under Taliban Control

You have likely seen the news of the Taliban’s rapid advance in Afghanistan, including its control of the nation’s capital, Kabul.

USCIRF News Digest - August 17, 2021

National Religious Affairs Bureau holds hearing for administration punishment against Xunsiding Church Pastor Yang Xibo and his wife Wang Xiaofei

On August 13 at 9 am, Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau held a public hearing for the administration punishment against Xunsiding Church Pastor Yang Xibo and Wang Xiaofei, his wife. On July 29, Pastor Yang and Mrs. Wang received the notice of administrative punishment that Siming District National Religious Affairs Bureau had issued:

CCP Court sentences four Christian leaders from Kali City—claims collecting an offering in church constitutes a crime

On August 15, Bob Fu, PhD., founder of ChinaAid, posed the question: "Is collecting a Church offering a crime?"

VIETNAM | US Urged to Raise Case of Nguyen Bac Truyen on Visit

CSW has joined 43 other organizations and individuals in urging the US Vice President to highlight the case of imprisoned human rights defender Nguyen Bac Truyen on her Vietnam visit.

Urgent prayer—Taliban takes full control in Afghanistan

If you’re like me, you’re heartbroken over what’s happening in Afghanistan.

AP Report: Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai

The Associated Press has just released a powerful article revealing "what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called 'black site' beyond its borders."

Middle East Religious Freedom Conditions Worsen with Kabul Fall

Remembering ISIS’s Rise, Regional Christians Express Concern

What a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan means for Christians

The Taliban blitz in Afghanistan has Western leaders and Christian advocates on edge.

Muslim Father Kills Son for His Christian Faith, Sources Say

The Muslim father of a 20-year-old convert to Christianity in Uganda on Sunday (Aug. 15) killed him for refusing to recant his faith, sources said.

Sudan Detains Bible Shipment, Christian Leaders Say

Customs duty due on religious literature, officials say.

Leaders and Members of Destroyed Chinese Church Jailed

Since 2009, the Golden Lampstand Church, a megachurch in Shanxi province’s Linfen city, has faced persecution from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to Bitter Winter, Golden Lampstand Church belongs to a network of house churches with more than 50,000 members called Sola Fide. Sola Fide is Latin for “by faith only,” and these churches refuse to affiliate with the CCP-vetted Protestant church denomination.

Christian Couple in India Brutally Assaulted with Iron Chain and Clubs

On July 28, a pastor and his wife were brutally assaulted by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists wielding an iron chain and wooden clubs.

Christian Orphanage Attacked in Nigeria

According to the Religious Freedom Coalition, a Christian orphanage in Plateau State, Nigeria, was attacked and destroyed on August 2nd, by men reported to be jihadist Fulani.

Christian Woman in Pakistan Accused of Blasphemy for Simply Receiving a Text

Family Forced into Hiding Due to Threats from Extremists

Ethiopia: TPLF-OLA Move to Escalate War

- praying to avert a Christian Crisis

Does the Defeat in Afghanistan Spell the End of the West?

It is the end of the West, Patrick Sookhdeo agrees as our Zoom call buffers and sputters.

Pastor’s Son Killed During Protest Against Church Demolition in Borno State, Nigeria

Local authorities have demolished a church building in the Maduganari area of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, leading to the death of Ezekiel Bitrus, the son of a pastor.

Abducted Chibok Schoolgirl Reunited With Parents in Nigeria After Seven Years

A girl abducted by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok seven years ago has been reunited with her parents, raising hopes that others still being held will be found, the governor of Borno State announced on 7 August.

Pakistani Christian Girl, 14, Kidnapped and Forced to Marry Muslim Man

Pakistani Christian rickshaw driver Gulzar Masih is appealing to police to take action after his 14-year-old daughter was kidnapped, converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man.

Pakistani Christian Couple Acquitted of Blasphemy Granted Asylum in Europe

A Christian couple released from death row in Pakistan after being acquitted of “blasphemy” have arrived safely in Europe, where they have been granted asylum.

Indian Dalit Leaders in India Call for End to 70 Years of Discrimination Against Christians

Dalit leaders in India marked a “Day of Protest” on 10 August by calling for a change in the law that for more than 70 years has excluded Christians and Muslims from receiving benefits provided to disadvantaged groups under the country’s constitution.

Tatmadaw Shells Kachin Civilians in Myanmar

A battalion of the Myanmar Army launched multiple attacks on civilians in several villages of Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, in the opening weeks of August.

Woman Survives Attempt on Her Life for Becoming Christian

Brother brandishes knife and spear shouting jihadist slogan, she says.

PAKISTAN | Mob Attacks Hindu Temple in Southern Punjab

A mob of hundreds of people reportedly attacked and vandalized a Hindu temple in Bhong town, Rahim Yar Khan District in Punjab, Pakistan, on Aug. 4.




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