03.05.2022

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 March 5, 2022

 

China: Two teachers released on bail, two teachers arrested with no update

Han Yanleiand Xie Zhifeng, two teachers of Jordan River Learning Center, were released on bail.

Christian artist persecuted for voicing concerns over the chained woman case

Artist Mr. Zhang Yu is a Christian of Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church. On the morning of February 27, he received a text message from his older brother.

Chinese human rights lawyer under house arrest and close surveillance for nearly three years

Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer in mainland China, has been in his hometown of Henan for nearly three years after his release.

This Week At ChinaAid: Another Digital Battleground In The War On Jesus Christ

Xi's New Internet Restrictions Came Into Force In March

USCIRF Commends Release of Egyptian Religious Prisoner Reda Abdel Rahman

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commends the release of Egyptian Qur’anist Muslim Reda Abdel Rahman, who spent a year and a half in pretrial detention for his religious beliefs. On February 27, Abdel Rahman was released from the Kafr Saqr Police Station after the Zagazig Criminal Court ordered his release the week before.

CUBA | Cuban Religious Leader Granted Entry to El Salvador

A prominent Cuban Baptist leader and his two sons will not be deported back to Cuba and their asylum request will be accepted by El Salvador. 

PAKISTAN | Online Event Celebrates Legacy of Shahbaz Bhatti

The 11th anniversary of the assassination of Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, was marked with an online event March 2 celebrating his life and legacy in the struggle for freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) in Pakistan.

EGYPT | Quranic Blogger Released

Quranic blogger, Reda Abdel Rahman, was released from the police station at Kafr Saqr in Egypt’s Al-Sharqiya governorate on Feb. 23 after 18 months in detention.

Please Remember Myanmar/Burma in your prayers at this time.

Our hearts are heavy with the weight of recent news, especially when we remember the ongoing crises, conflicts and human rights violations happening in so many countries across the world. How do we have hope at a time like this?

Please lift up Professor Tarfa, in court tomorrow

We haven’t been in touch about Professor Tarfa’s case for some time.

Hindu Extremists Try to Kill Pastor, Wife in Northern India, He Says

Villagers accuse church leader of fraudulent conversion.

Four Christians Killed by Terrorists in The DR Congo

Four travelers were killed Thursday evening while driving in Karuruma, Eastern DRC after their vehicle was barricaded by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists.

Iraqi Committee Returns 120 Expropriated Christian Properties

The homes and properties of 120 Christians and Sabeans have been returned to their rightful owners as a result of the efforts of the Iraqi Shiite leader, Muqtada al-Sadr and the Committee for Restitution of Property.

Two Catholic Priests in Myanmar Taken by the Tatmadaw

On February 21, two Catholic priests who were on their way to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Shan state were arrested by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw).

Christian Convert Faces Deportation to Iran from Turkey After Six Years

Pastor Hekmat Salimi, an Iranian Christian convert and Anglican minister, fled Iran six years ago with his wife and daughter after years of harassment and resettled in Turkey, seeking asylum.

Burkina Faso: Jihadists Escalate Terror in the East

At around 10pm on Thursday 10 February, jihadists on motorbikes stormed Saint Kisito de Bougui, a Catholic seminary for minors in the town of Bougui, some 10km east of Fada N'Gourma (the capital of Gourma Province) in Burkina Faso's East Region.

USCIRF News Digest - March 1, 2022

Editorial: Invasion of Ukraine Already Contributing to Global Food Poverty and Hunger

The conflict in Ukraine is already having a knock-on effect on food supply around the world, especially in the poorer regions that have long suffered from food insecurity and famine.

Homes, Shops and Land Stolen in Iraq Returned to Rightful Christian Owners

Scores of buildings and properties stolen in Iraq from Christians and members of another minority group have been restored and given back to their rightful owners.

Christians Driven From Their Home in Laos

Villagers drove a Christian family of twelve from their home in southern Laos in anger at the family’s practice of a “foreign” religion.

Islamic Experts in Pakistan Say Violence Against “Blasphemy” Suspects “Contrary to Islamic Principles”

Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology has described violence against those accused of “blasphemy” as being “contrary to Islamic principles.”

Hearing: Women’s Roles in Advancing International Religious Freedom

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing on the role of women in advancing international religious freedom.

Hindu nationalists target India’s Christian women and girls

Hindu nationalists increasingly target Christian women and girls in India.

Islamic Terrorists Kill Three Christians in Chibok, Nigeria

Church building burned in another attack on area in northeast.

 

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