CIC Persecution News Headlines

 News of persecution, human rights violations, and other articles of interest.

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 1 Corinthians 12:26a

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending November 26, 2021


Pakistan sewage workers’ widows pressured to drop criminal negligence cases
“I so wish wish I hadn’t pushed him to go that night”….

China: An Yankui's wife shares detention notice

On Wednesday, Yao Congya, the wife of Zion Reformed Church minister An Yankui, received the detention notice issued by Shanxi Province Fenyang Municipal Bureau of Public Security. 

UZBEKISTAN: Religious freedom survey, November 2021

Freedom of religion and belief, with interlinked freedoms of expression, association, and assembly, remains severely restricted in Uzbekistan.

With Christmas approaching, Indian Christians brace for persecution

India ranks in the top 10 worst countries for Christian persecution by the World Watch List.

Christians in Vietnam count high cost for faith

arlier this year a husband and father in northern Vietnam was released from prison, where he had served more than two years – and not for the opium-smoking so popular in his village.

Please keep Sudan in your prayers

Join us in praying this verse over Sudan today, where there is still much instability and uncertainty in the aftermath of the military coup.

Dozens of Christians Slain as Nigeria Moves Off CPC List

Six are killed in Plateau state, 38 in Kaduna state.

Armenia, Azerbaijan renew fighting

Armenia and Azerbaijan reported dozens of casualties and soldiers missing last week after a fresh outbreak of fighting. Russia mediated a new ceasefire.

Despairing Afghan refugees find aid and hope

An Afghan woman who fled Taliban rule lived the nightmare that tens of thousands of other Afghan refugees are trying to avoid.

Shanxi minister suddenly detained

On November 21, 2021, Police took An Yankui, the minister of Zion Reformed Church in Taiyuan, and a fellow believer to the precinct. Neither has been released at the time of this article. 

China: Elder and former deacon criminally detained in Deyang

On November 19, officers of Denyang criminally detained Early Rain Qingcaodi Church’s Elder Wu Jiannan and former deacon, Hao Ming, under suspected “fraud” charges.

China strict on COVID-19 ahead of Olympics

In China, some local health workers broke into the homes of quarantined COVID-19 patients, killing their pets.

NIGERIA | High Court Adjourns Trial of Du Merci Orphanage Founder

A High Court in Nigeria’s Kano state has once again adjourned the trial of Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages for vulnerable children in Kano and Kaduna states, this time until Feb. 22, 2022.

Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body

Hindu extremist influence seen in opposition to burial.

Two Christians Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released on Bail

ccording to Morning Star News, two Christian nurses accused of blasphemy in Pakistan received bail and were released from prison in September.

Philippines Lifts Ban on Carol Singing

On November 10, the Department of Health in the Philippines lifted a ban on carol singing which was imposed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christian Man in Indonesia Attacked by Islamic Radicals

An attack on a Christian man in Indonesia took place at the end of October, but only surfaced in recent days.

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Bombings in Uganda

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for two bomb blasts that killed at least six people and injured over 30 in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on Tuesday.

November Update, incl. Algeria, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), North Koreans, Togo and Burkina Faso, Sudan, Uganda.

An Algerian pastor and two members of his congregation will face court on 5 December charged with 'calling for the disobedience of laws by a clergyman', 'practising non-Muslim rites without permission' and 'calling to organise an unarmed assembly' (a demonstration).

NEPAL | Pastor Found Guilty of Proselytization

Pastor Keshav Raj Acharya of the Abundant Harvest Church in Pokhara, Nepal, was found guilty of proselytization by the Dolpa District Court on Nov. 22.
USCIRF News Digest - November 23, 2021

EVENT: Democracy and Religious Freedom

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event about intersection between democracy and religious freedom.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Violations in Belarus

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following report on religious freedom violations in Belarus:

Update from the 21Wilberforce team

In the 19th century, British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights.

US removes Nigeria from religious freedom list

The U.S. Department of State did not designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) with regards to religious freedom in its 2021 report.

Hindu priest calls for beheading of Christians

A Hindu priest in India called for the beheading of Christian converts at a rally.

Christian couple's appeal rejected, facing seven years in jail

On November 16, 2021, Shaanxi Province Xi’an Municipal Intermediate Court issued its verdict regarding the appeal of Christian couple Chang Yuchun and Li Chenhui’s “illegal business operation” charges.

Journalist arrested after reporting on attacks against Christians in Nigeria

A Nigerian Christian journalist faces prolonged imprisonment following his reporting of attacks against mainly Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt and critical assessment of the government’s response.

Two of 17 abducted missionaries and children released in Haiti

Two members of a group of 17 Christian missionaries and children abducted by an armed gang in Haiti on 16 October have been set free by their captors.

Armenian Church leaders “deeply concerned” about Azerbaijani aggression

The leadership of the Armenian Apostolic Church has raised concerns regarding the recent outbreak of hostilities between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

Fears abducted 12-year-old Christian girl will be forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim

The mother of a 12-year-old Christian girl, abducted in Punjab, Pakistan, has raised fears that her daughter will be forced to marry her captor and convert to Islam.

EGYPT | Muslim Reformist Thinker, Lawyer Sentenced

CSW learned a Muslim reformist thinker and lawyer, Ahmad Abdou Maher, was convicted of “contempt of religion and disturbing public peace” and sentenced to five years in prison by an exceptional court in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

Christian in Pakistan Sentenced to Death for 'Blasphemy' Acquitted

False charge sent him to prison for nearly 10 years.

Persecution parallels between Uganda, Nigeria raise concern

Is East Africa the next “hotspot” of persecution?

INDIA | Journalists Arrested for Anti-Muslim Riot Reporting

Two female journalists from the Indian state of Assam, both in their early 20s, were arrested by police in neighboring Tripura state Nov. 13 for their reporting on anti-Muslim riots in Tripura for HW News Network. 

Please Prayerfully Remember the Suffering Children of the World

We particularly remember the daughter and son of Pastor Lorenzo, who has been detained in Cuba since the peaceful protests of 11 July.




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