The story of an underground Catholic priest in China

ICC Note: Father Joseph, a Chinese priest from underground church, explains what it was like to grow up as a faithful Catholic in China. When he was only 15 years old, Joseph was inspired by the local priest to go into priesthood. Joseph said that the freedom of worship is only allowed for those who…

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Christian Women Falsely Accused of Serious Crimes by Hindu Radicals in India

ICC Note: Two Christian women in India have been falsely accused of kidnapping and attempting to forcefully convert seven children by Hindu radicals in Madhya Pradesh. These false accusations were made when the two women were accompanying seven Christian children to a Bible camp. The children’s parents, who are also Christians, had given permission to…

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5 Killed, 5 Missing in Middle Nigeria Due to Fulani Violence

ICC Note 5 more Christians have been killed in Plateau and Benue States in Nigeria with 5 more missing over the past two weeks. All of these have been by suspected Fulani militants. It is following several other attacks in previous weeks that has shown an increasing trend of attacks in these two states. It…

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Persecution and Forced Recruitment Discourages Aleppo’s Residents from Returning

ICC Note: Fear of persecution and forced recruitment has discouraged Aleppo’s residents from returning home. While every demographic has suffered, the persecution of Christians in Syria has been particularly intense. Christian men who are forcibly recruited by either side are often placed on the front lines, as they are considered more expendable than others.  Rebel groups…

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Philippines: Amnesty urges independent probe into atrocities, bombings in battle for Marawi

ICC Note: Investigation done by Amnesty International shows that the war in the Philippine city of Marawi between Islamic militants and the Philippine army was full of war crimes in which both sides killed many innocent civilians. The witnesses describe incidents where 25 Christians were executed by Muslim extremists just because of their faith. Christian…

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Indonesia: former Christian governor Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech

ICC Note: Buni Yani was found guilty for making discriminatory remarks against Jakarta’s former Christian governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. Ahok’s comments during his campaign were altered by Buni in a September 2016 video which caused Ahok to lose the election and incarcerated for two years in prison. The district court in Bandung sentenced Buni…

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Kebbi State Plans to Create Settlement for Fulani Herders

ICC Note The Kebbi State government in Nigeria has decided to establish a permanent settlement for the Fulani herdsmen and the cattle. This is a move to help relieve tensions between the Fulani and the Christian farmers whom they often attack. They have promised to ensure that the Fulani have everything that they need to…

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