CIC Persecution News Headlines

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending January 15, 2022


China: Imprisoned lawyer denied from visiting dying father

The father of Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, who is imprisoned in Nanjing prison, passed away on January 9.

China: CCP court gave lawyers less than a week to review 123 case files

On January 11, Christian lawyers Fang Xiangui, Zhu Shujin, Zhao Qingshan, and Yuan Mao traveled to Huimin District People’s Court to submit documents for the case of four Christians who were charged with “illegal business operations” for selling the Holy Bible.

Breaking: State Department Issues Statement On The Passing of Zhang Qing

Today, the U.S. State Department issued a statement on the passing of Zhang Qing, wife of human rights defender Guo Feixiong. 

SUDAN | Interference in Church Affairs Continues

Church property belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) in Kosti, White Nile State, and Kadugli in South Kordofan State has been taken over by members of a committee convened in violation of the church’s constitution. Furthermore, a SPEC church leader based in Kadugli is facing criminal charges initiated by members of another illegally constituted committee.

Iraqi Christians remain in limbo years after ISIS violence

Years after the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, many Iraqi Christians remain in limbo. ISIS forced them to leave their homes because of their faith.

China: Leaders of Linfen Golden Lampstand Church arrested again, facing criminal charges

Authorities arrested nine leaders of Linfen Golden Lampstand Church. While some were released on bail, more leaders were arrested.

China: Case of Christian bookstore handled in a bizarre way; family continues to appeal

The verdict of the second trial of Chen Yu and “Xiaomai Bookstore” upheld its original sentencing. However, the verdict was first posted by an official WeChat account called “Zhejiang Crackdown on Pornography and Illegal Publications” on January 5, which is against the normal protocol that the court should inform the attorney.

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Another Christian Girl Allegedly Forced to Convert/Marry in Pakistan

Family of 14-year-old says Muslim neighbor kidnapped her.

U.S. churches mobilize to help persecuted Christians escape China

In 1620, the Mayflower carried dozens of Protestant Christians fleeing religious persecution in England to the American colonies.

China: CCP court sentences five Christians of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church

On January 7, Fenyang Court sentenced Zhang Ligong, Wang Runyun, Wang Shiqiang, Zhang Yaowen, and Song Shoushan, five Christians of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church, under the charge of “illegally crossing the national border.”

China: Most recent update from Elder Zhang Chunlei's lawyer

During the afternoon of January 5, according to Ms. Yang Aiqing, wife of Guiyang Renai Reformed Church’s Elder Zhang Chunlei, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials allowed Elder Zhang’s lawyer to meet with him in the detention center.

China: COVID protocols weaponized against Christians in Zhejiang

In December last year, a new round of COVID infections broke out in Ningbo, Shaoxing, Hangzhou, and other places in Zhejiang province.

China: CCP court sustains original verdict in second trial of the Shenzhen “Bible Player” case

Recently, Guangdong Province, Shenzhen City Intermediate People’s Court held the second trial of Christians manufacturing Bible players at Shenzhen City Tree Life Technology Development Company.

China: Outcome of Chinese human rights lawyer Qin Yongpei’s trial remains unknown

The outcome of the secret trial of human rights lawyer Qin Yongpei held in Nanning Intermediate People’s Court on December 31, 2021, remains unclear.

USCIRF Welcomes Egypt’s Release of Coptic Activist Ramy Kamel

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomed the Egyptian State Security Prosecution’s release on January 8, 2022 of Coptic rights activist Ramy Kamel, who has endured more than two years of pre-trial detention since his arrest.

Fulani Militants Kill 18 More Christians in Nigeria

Second Attack on Ancha Village in One Week

EGYPT | Coptic Activist Released from Prison

Egyptian Coptic activist, Rami Kamil, was released Jan. 9, pending a trial, after spending more than two years in pre-trial detention, and exceeding the two-year limit permitted under article 143 of the Egyptian Penal Code.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Tajikistan

Religious freedom conditions continue to deteriorate in Tajikistan, as developments in neighboring Afghanistan reinforce the intersection between authoritarianism and security concerns.

Buddhists beat eight Christians in Bangladesh

Local authorities in Bangladesh attacked and beat eight Christians on their way to a baptism class, led by an FMI church planter.

USCIRF News Digest - January 11, 2022

Fulani Militants Unleash Terror on Nigeria’s Christians

Attacks Continue Unabated as Government Turns a Blind Eye 

China: Verdict upheld for Christian bookstore

At the end of 2021, the second trial of the case of Chen Yu and “Xiaomai Bookstore” in Linhai, Zhejiang Province, began. Chen Yu's lawyer, Deng Qinggao, and Chen Yu's parents attended the trial.

China: Older sister of Guo Feixiong: "the wife of my brother passed away"

Maoping Yang, the older sister of Guo Feixiong, released a statement in response to the passing of Guo’s wife. ChinaAid translated the statement:

China: January "Measures..." for religious activities echo Xi's request—improve religious work legalization

On December 6, 2021, the Zhejiang Ethnic and Religious Affairs Commission issued a notice regarding their formulated “Administrative Measures for Registration and Cancellation Policies of Venues for Religious Activities (Trial Implementation).”

Christian Widow, Daughter Beaten Unconscious in Eastern Uganda

Muslim extremists who killed husband tried to kill them in October, mother says.

Press Freedom Collapsing in Afghanistan

During the last two decades of conflict in Afghanistan, most Afghan media outlets enjoyed relative freedom to broadcast news throughout the country with a variety of content.

Coptic Advocate Ramy Kamel Finally Released from Prison

Egyptian authorities released Coptic Christian activist Ramy Kamel on January 8 after being held in pre-trial detention for two years.

30 Students Freed After 7 Months in Captivity

Thirty more students have been released from captivity seven months after their abduction from Nigeria’s Federal Government College in Kebbi state.

Christmas Service in Northern India Attacked by Radical Hindu Nationalists

According to Morning Star News, a house church in northern India was violently attacked by radical Hindu nationalists as they attempted to celebrate Christmas.

Young Christian Family Forms amid Persecution in Nepal

Couple driven together by Hindu hostility toward their faith.

Chen Yu: 7 Year Sentence for Selling Christian Books Confirmed on Appeal

Western media and NGO had protested against the first-degree sentence in September 2020. The appellate judge confirmed Chen should remain in jail.

Pakistani Christian Accused of “Blasphemy” Sentenced to Death

Zafar Bhatti, a Pakistani Christian who was convicted of “blasphemy” in May 2017, was sentenced to death by Rawalpindi District Court on 3 January.

At Least 28 Killed in Islamist Attack on South Sudanese Christian Community

At least 28 people were killed and 57 houses burned down in an attack by Islamist extremists against the Christian community of Yith Pabol, Aweil East county, South Sudan, in early January.

Iranian Christian Jailed for Her Faith Is Charged Once Again

Roksari Kanbari, an Iranian Christian convert from Islam, who has already served time in prison for “propaganda against the regime”, has been summoned to answer the same charge again.

Eight Iranian Christian Converts Cleared of “Propaganda” Charges

An Iranian court in the southwestern city of Dezful has acquitted eight Christian converts accused of “propaganda activities in favor of anti-regime groups.”

One Bethel Baptist High School Student Remains Captive After Kidnappers Free Two

Kidnappers in Nigeria have released two more students from Bethel Baptist High School, leaving one student still being held after almost six months in captivity.

Christmas Violence Against Christians Around the World

Many extremists see Christmas as a prime opportunity to attack Christians celebrating the birth of Christ.

Editorial: Indian Authorities Must Take Steps to Ensure Safety for Christians

The increase in reported attacks against churches and Christian schools across India is representative of increased hatred and violence towards Christians from extremist sections of Indian society.

Egypt: Coptic Advocate Ramy Kamel Finally Released from Prison

Egyptian Authorities End Two-Year Pre-Trial Detention of Renowned Human Rights Defender

Christian's Prison Term Changed to Death Sentence in Pakistan

Separately, historic bail granted to blasphemy suspect.

Prayer Needs for Care Providers

As we step into 2022, please join us in praying this verse over our CSW staff team, ambassadors, volunteers, supporters, partner churches, and everyone who plays their part in campaigning for freedom of religion or belief.


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