CIC Persecution News Headlines

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


Is your church ready to join a global prayer movement?

On Nov. 7, Christians from around the world will join in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

This week, please pray for Chang Weiping, Chinese Human Rights Lawyer

Following a meeting with his lawyer on 14 September – the first allowed since his detention in October 2020 – it emerged that Chang has been subject to torture during his imprisonment.

Yemeni Christian parents face increasing pressure

Following a short lull, renewed fighting in Yemen killed around 400 people last month.

Earthquake strikes Pakistan near Afghan border

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Pakistan yesterday, near the Afghanistan border.

Bibles "Made in China" read in China and in the United States offer Words of help and hope

In "State of the Bible 2021: Five Key Findings," a May post by Barna Group, John Farquhar Plake, Ph.D., said, “The state of the nation and the state of the Bible in the nation are inextricably linked.”

Chinese Christians persecuted in the name of COVID-19

In The Epoch Times' October 1 article, "Infographic: COVID-19 Outbreak & Cover-up," Jeff Carlson and Hans Mahncke report that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Chinese and Western scientists actively searched for new viruses from bat caves in Southern China.

IRAN | Third Church Leader Released on Bail

Ayoub Pourrezade, a leader from the Church of Iran denomination in the city of Rasht, was released on bail from Lakan Prison on Oct. 3, 12 days after two other leaders who were arrested with him were also released on bail.

Congress Sends Warning to Burma’s Oppressive Military Junta

Human Rights Watchdog Groups Praise New Legislation

USCIRF Conversation: New Report on Uzbekistan’s Religious Prisoners

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event discussing the findings of USCIRF’s new report, Uzbekistan's Religious and Political Prisoners:

Pakistan Does Global PR for Afghanistan’s Taliba

Religious Minorities Remain Vulnerable to Taliban’s Brutal Rule

Taliban dissolves Afghanistan Women’s Affairs Ministry

In a negative sign for the future of Afghanistan, the Taliban has dissolved the Women’s Affairs Ministry.

USCIRF condemns persecution in Nigeria

Church officials in Nigeria’s Kaduna state call last week’s Fulani militant attack a ‘massacre’.

Facing Death Threats, Christian Family Members Flee Afghanistan

Mother, siblings feared revealing their faith even to each other.

Another Pastor in India’s Uttar Pradesh State Arrested on False Forced Conversion Charges

On September 25, Pastor Shyam Sunder was arrested by police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on false forced conversion charges.

10 Christian Students Released from Captivity in Nigeria

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 an estimated 121 students.

Chinese Christian Taken Away to be Interrogated on His Church

A Chinese Christian man in China’s Shanxi province was taken away and shown an administrative punishment.

Another Armenian Church Vandalized in California

In the early morning hours of September 23, a masked assailant armed with a bat destroyed the stained-glass windows at St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in the greater Los Angeles area, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.

Nigeria: Jihad Expands in Niger and Kogi

- bandits and herdsmen employed; churches and academics targeted; Abuja increasingly encircled.

USCIRF News Digest - October 5, 2021

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom in Nigeria’s Kano State

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report detailing religious freedom violations by Kano state authorities in northern Nigeria:

"Adopting" to write and pray for a Christian the CCP imprisons offers hope and comfort

Recently Bob Fu, PhD. (ChinaAid president) reported a pertinent, positive prison update on Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in Henan Province, currently serving a 12-year prison term for a fabricated fraud charge and “gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order."

Hunger and Food Insecurity Could Lead to Social Unrest and Violence Across Africa

Hunger and food insecurity could lead to increased social unrest, instability and violence in Africa, according to a report by the South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Christian receptionist released on bail

Shenzhen Christian Ms. Han Li was sentenced to one year and three months for selling Bible players.

Appeal for Christian bookstore owner postponed

The 2nd trial of Zhang Xiaomai’s bookstore has been postponed again.

Chinese Christian detained for "participating in secret societies"

At noon on September 28, Niu Yunjie, a Christian from a house church in Wenshui County, was taken away by police officers.

Words Pastor Jin Tianming wrote 11 years ago while under house arrest encourage Christians today

On June 3, 2010, ChinaAid posted, "Jin Tianming’s Pastoral Letter: Mend the Fractures and Continue to Raise the Banner of Truth...."

Shi Minglei (Hope): "I pray that Cheng Yuan, my husband [imprisoned]. will realize..."

On September 26, Shi Minglei (Hope), wife of Lawyer Cheng Yuan, imprisoned human rights advocate, shared with ChinaAid by phone:

Plainclothes military prowls streets of Myanmar

Myanmar’s currency has lost 60 percent of its value in a matter of weeks. Brian Dennett of AMG International says, “Those with resources in the country have been buying up dollars and gold.

Christian Teenager Dies After Acid Attack in Bihar, India

A Christian teenager who had suffered burns of up to 70 per cent of his body following an acid attack in Gaya, Bihar state, India died in hospital on Sunday 26 September.

Gunmen Kill 34 in Attack on Christian Community in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Gunmen killed 34 people and burned several houses on Sunday, September 26, in an attack on Madamai village in Kaura local government area (LGA) of Kaduna state, Nigeria.

USCIRF Alarmed by Violence against Christians & Shi’a Muslims in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned recent instances of violence against religious communities in Nigeria, including attacks on Christians in Kano state and Kaduna state and violence against Shi’a Muslims in Abuja.

Ukraine: DONBAS: Donetsk: Three Protestant churches banned

The unrecognised Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine, has this summer banned three Protestant churches.

Nigerian Pastor Killed, Church and Mission School Razed, in Muslim Mob Attack

A pastor was killed and his home, church and mission school burned to the ground following an attack by a Muslim mob in Nigeria’s northern Kano state.

Indonesian Muslim-Background Christian Brutally Beaten in Prison

A Muslim-background Christian in Indonesia was brutally beaten in prison following his arrest for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Karnataka, India, to Introduce New Anti-Conversion Law

The chief minister of Karnataka, India, has confirmed that the state government is planning to introduce a new anti-conversion law.

Extremists Using Anti-Conversion Laws to Harass Indian Christians

Extremists in India are continuing to use anti-conversion laws as a means of harassing church leaders and other Christians.

Kidnapped Christian Killed in Rescue Effort in Nigeria

A kidnapped Christian in Kogi state, Nigeria was killed in a rescue operation on Saturday (Oct. 2), the same day three other Christians were killed in another attack in the state, sources said.




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