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 January 22, 2022


This Week At ChinaAid: Billionaire: "Nobody Cares" about the Uyghur Genocide

We're so thankful for your prayers and support of the persecuted faithful across China.

Afghanistan Declared The most Dangerous Place to be a Christian

Afghanistan is now the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, according to figures released by Open Doors in their 2022 World Watch List (WWL).

Ethopia: Tigray Christians flee to Addis Ababa

The committee behind the Nobel Peace Prize admonished the Prime Minister of Ethiopia for the civil war still raging in his country.

Pakistani judge sentences Christian to death

A Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to death for blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.

Praise the Lord for release of Christian Prisoners in Iran and Egypt

We always have a reason to praise God; for his love, his grace, his provision, his faithfulness… Whether we’re giving thanks for the temporary release of prisoners in Egypt and Iran after extended periods in prison, or praying through the disappointing developments in Pastor Haghnejad’s case, we always have a reason to praise God.

Nigeria Again Worst in World in Killed, Kidnapped Christians

Suspected Fulani herdsmen slay three in Plateau state.

CHINA | Artist Sentenced to Prison for Reporting on Pandemic

An award-winning artist was sentenced to eight years in prison for reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and practicing Falun Gong by a court in Beijing, China, on Jan. 16.

EVENT: USCIRF Conversation on the Global Compact on Refugees

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event about the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and its implications for refugees fleeing religious persecution.

PETITION: Help Afghan Christians Escape Death

As the Taliban quickly took over during the late summer of 2021, the world witnessed chaos, panic, and extreme violence.

IRAN | Pastor Re-arrested Weeks after Release

Iranian Pastor Matthias (Abdulreza Ali) Haghnejad was re-arrested Jan. 15, just over two weeks after being released from prison pending a review of his five-year sentence.

WEBINAR | Covid Mandates: Crushing the Faithful

Save the Persecuted Christians is expanding our grassroots education and engagement opportunities this year with monthly webinars on the topic of Christian persecution abroad and increasing discrimination domestically.

Afghanistan overtakes N Korea as most dangerous place to live as a Christian

After the August 2021 takeover by the Taliban of Afghanistan, the country has overtaken North Korea as the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, according to the annual World Watch List of the NGO Open Doors International, out today.

USCIRF News Digest - January 19, 2022

2022 World Watch List released—new country replaces North Korea as worst place for Christians

How can it be that in 2022, more than 360,000,000 people still face persecution or discrimination because they follow Jesus? To get an idea of the magnitude we’re talking about, imagine 3,600 crowded NFL stadiums, brimming with people.

Christian Politician in Indonesia Faces Imprisonment for Hate Speech

An Indonesian protestant politician could face up to 10 years of incarceration for offensive comments against Islam he made on Twitter.

Mob of 200 Attacks House Church in Central India

On January 9, a house church in India’s Chhattisgarh state was brutally attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists.

Fulani Militants Kill 18 More Christians in Nigeria

Fulani militants killed 18 Christians in Ancha village on Tuesday evening, January 11, marking the second attack on the Christian community in Nigeria this week.

Five Chinese Christians Sentenced for Attending Christian Conference in Malaysia

On January 7, Fenyang city court in Shanxi province sentenced five Christians from a house church in Taiyuan to more than six months of imprisonment.

Editorial: New Regulations for Online Content Cause Uncertainty for China’s Christians

As of March 2022, the Chinese authorities will have greater control over online religious content.

Pakistani Christians Celebrate Return of College to Church Control

A major Christian education institution in Pakistan has been returned to church control in a reversal of an earlier decision to nationalize the college.

Eighteen Killed in Fulani Militant Attack on Majority Christian Village in Plateau State, Nigeria

Eighteen people, including a baby, were killed when Fulani militants attacked the predominantly Christian Irigwe village of Ancha in Plateau State, Nigeria in the early hours of January 12.

Girl, 7, Among Three Killed as Myanmar Military Bombs IDP Camp

A seven-year-old girl, her 18-year-old sister and a man in his 50s were killed during the aerial bombing of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) by Myanmar military forces on January 17.

Chinese Government Imposes Clampdown on Online Religious Activities

The Chinese government has introduced new measures to restrict online religious activities.

Egypt Legalizes 141 Churches, Its Largest Number for Almost Three Years

Egypt granted licenses to 141 churches and church-affiliated buildings on January 4 – the largest number approved in a single sitting of the Cabinet committee overseeing the process for almost three years.

Libyan Authorities Ban Christmas and New Year Celebrations

The Libyan Ministry of the Interior, in late-December 2021, issued a warning to citizens “not to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve.”

Prayer Needs for Care Providers

Please pray for our teams as we start this new year, that we may be refreshed and renewed in mind, body and spirit.




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