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23 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

CHINA
Pray for pastors in Yichang city who are interrogated by local police. #365prayer
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Missing Pastor’s Family, Christian Group Call for Establishment of Task Force

04/22/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The family of abducted pastor Raymond Koh and a Christian group joined forces together […]

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Sudan Seizes Nearly Half-Billion Dollar Stash from Bashir Home

04/22/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Sudanese authorities have seized nearly 500 million dollars from the private home of Omar […]

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The Greatest Enemy to My Christian Faith Is My Father: Part 1

Earlier this year, Charles Ndingi Mudasir met a childhood friend in Mombasa, and together they made their way to a cyber café to check emails.

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Death Toll in Sri Lanka Rises to 290 Following Easter Bombings

04/22/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – The death toll following the Easter bombings of churches and hotels in Sri […]

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Iran Replaces Revolutionary Guard Commander

04/22/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Just weeks after the United States designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a […]

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ANOTHER BOMB IN SRI LANKA – BREAKING NEWS

Reports indicate another bomb has gone off in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Details are sparse [at midday], but video shows people running from the area close to St Anthony’s Shrine, which was targeted on Easter Sunday. Reports say the explosion was small…

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22 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

NORTH KOREA
Pray for those receiving digital Bible players in North Korea this year.#365prayer
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17 Christians Massacred During Celebration in Nigeria

04/21/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Morningstar News has reported that Fulani militants attacked a group of Christians who were […]

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Chinese Government Hires Informants to Spy on Churches

04/21/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – The Chinese government is hiring citizens to monitor churches and their activities by offering […]

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SRI LANKA BOMBS – 310 DEAD, WARNINGS IGNORED

The death toll from the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday attacks has now risen to 310. The country has observed a national day of mourning and imposed a state of emergency, after suicide bombers struck at three churches and hotels on Easter Sunday….

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ICC Brings Clean Water to Christians Displaced by ISIS

04/21/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – ISIS invaded Qaraqosh in 2014, resulting in the displacement of most of the Christians […]

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189 Killed in Easter Attacks on Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka

Perpetrators of the Deadly Bombings Remain Unknown 04/21/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned […]

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Egypt’s Constitutional Changes Ignores Christians

04/21/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – The final draft of Egypt’s proposed amendments to the 2014 Constitution was approved by […]

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EASTER ATTACKS IN SRI LANKA – BREAKING NEWS

ANOTHER EXPLOSION Just before 10am news broke of another explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Bombers struck at a hotel opposite the zoo. Initial reports say two died. ** THERESA MAY: ‘TRULY APPALLING’ ATTACKS British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered her ‘deepest…

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SRI LANKA EASTER CHURCH ATTACKS

The death toll continues to rise following Easter service bomb attacks against churches in Sri Lanka. ‘The scale of the horror takes our breath away,’ says Release International. News reports say bombers targeted three churches and a number of hotels in the…

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CSW condemns Easter Sunday Sri Lanka attacks

CSW condemns the coordinated attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which have claimed at least 190 lives and injured at least 450 people. Continue Reading

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21 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

IRAQ
Pray that the violence of Islam will cause many Muslims to seek and find the Lord. #365prayer
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Indonesia Tightens Security for Churches During Holy Week

04/20/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – This Easter Triduum, thousands of police, troops and Muslim groups will be guarding churches, […]

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ICC Provides Aid for Toddler Burned in Church Bombing

04/20/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – A church in Indonesia experienced a bombing in 2016 that killed one child and […]

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King Abdullah Reaffirms Interfaith Commitment

04/20/2019 Jordan (International Christian Concern) – Jordan’s King Abdullah II recently received the Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, where he reaffirmed […]

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PRINCE CHARLES ‘MOVED AND HUMBLED’ BY THE PERSECUTED

Prince Charles has declared himself moved and humbled by meeting persecuted Christians – many of whom have had to flee from their homelands. Writing in The Telegraph over Easter, Prince Charles said he had made a point of meeting believers – of…

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20 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

UZBEKISTAN
Pray for believers in the Karakalpak region, where no churches are legally registered. #365prayer
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Radicalized Adivasi Attacks and Beats Christian Couple in India’s Jharkhand State

04/19/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a radicalized Adivasi attacked and severely beat a Christian […]

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Catholics in Marawi Have Nowhere to Worship

04/19/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Catholics in Marawi city in the southern Philippines still have no place to worship […]

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Opposition Wins Position of Istanbul’s Mayor

04/19/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Turkey’s local election recounts was completed on Wednesday, and the main opposition party candidate […]

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Cuban pastor Ramon Rigal and wife face summary trial

Reverend Ramon Rigal and his wife Ayda Expsito were detained earlier this week in Guantanamo because of their refusal to send their children to government-run schools. Continue Reading

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19 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

KUWAIT
Pray that unregistered fellowships will remain open and multiply. #365prayer
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Wife of Missing Chinese Christian Lawyer Uses His Birthday to Call for Release

04/17/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – April 20 will mark the 55th birthday of Chinese Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Yet […]

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Lords to debate new Relationships and Sex Education regulations

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More “manna (a tasty sandwich) from Heaven” in Egypt

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Sudan Ex-President Omar al-Bashir Moved to Prison

04/18/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Omar al-Bashir has been arrested by the Sudanese military. According to reports from the […]

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Methodist Prayer Center Attacked on Palm Sunday in Sri Lanka

04/18/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – A Methodist Prayer Center in Sri Lanka was attacked by a mob of […]

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Christian Presence Grows in Kobani

04/18/2019 Syria (International Christian Concern) – In northern Syria, near the Turkish border in the town of Kobani, the presence […]

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To the Ends of the Earth: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 04/18/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “For one particular […]

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UK school sacks Christian who opposed new primary schools relationships curriculum

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Boko Haram mark anniversary of mass abduction of girls with cruel raid

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Indian high court allows church to reopen in time for Easter

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Prayers for the Persecuted this Easter

Easter is a time of great joy for those of us who celebrate – large family meals, extra church services, visits to the Show and Easter egg hunts. Our long weekend here in Australia is often so filled to the brim with festivities, we may

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PAKISTAN: Terrorist Threat to Pakistan Churches

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, according to a contact of VOM’s partner

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INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of

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MALAYSIA: State Police Found Responsible for Disappearances

Pastor Raymond Koh disappeared on 13 February 2017 when his car was forced to stop and he was abducted in broad daylight by masked men. On 3 April this year, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia released findings that placed blame for the attack on

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18 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDIA
“Pray for new believers in our community.” — Front-line worker
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Priests Forcibly Taken Away by the Chinese Government

04/17/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – The Chinese government has not stopped persecuting underground Catholic community in China even after […]

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Indonesians Ready to Cast Their Votes

Today, the fourth most populous country and the third largest democracy in the world, will elect its leader for the next five years.

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Mar Mina Church Attackers to Stand Trial

4/17/19 Egypt (International Christian Concern)- The Cairo Criminal Court has referred two defendants from the December 2017 Mar Mina church […]

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Nigerian Minister Claims Administration Has Secured The Nation

04/17/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reported to the Voice of […]

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Supporting Christians in Flight Copy

Interview with Trans World Radio, March 2019  Persecution and war have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee for their lives. Release International has launched an appeal to help these refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Eritrea. In Syria,…

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Terrorist threat to Pakistan churches Copy

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, our contact says.  Please…

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Indian State Government Reopens Church Following Court Order

04/17/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – The High Court of Uttar Pradesh, located in northern India, ordered the BJP-led state […]

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To the Ends of the Earth: Part 1

04/17/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – India is truly a nation of nations. Currently home to over 1.2 billion people, […]

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Egypt church building evacuated following local tensions

A church in the village of Naghaa Halaf Allah Jaber in Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt, had to be evacuated on 12 April. Continue Reading

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India: Christians from Adivasi tribe lynched by cow vigilantes

A Christian from an Adivasi tribe died when he and three Christians from his tribe were severely beaten on 10 April for skinning an ox in Jhurmo village, Jharkhand. Continue Reading

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17 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

JORDAN
Pray that those ministering to refugees will be continually refreshed in Christ. #365prayer
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CHINA CLAMPDOWN TIGHTENS

‘Bounty’ on underground Christians Cross removals continue London embassy refuses Release petition The Chinese authorities are offering cash rewards for information about so-called ‘illegal’ church services. It’s part of an ongoing crackdown on Christianity in the country. Officials are offering cash rewards…

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Pray for an end to Christian Persecution in Sudan

As Sudan goes through a coup and regime change, Release International sees a window of opportunity to end the persecution of Christians in that vast Islamic country. Up to 2.5million people have been driven from their homes in a campaign of ethnic…

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Iraqi Christians Mark Fifth Year of Easter as Sojourners

4/16/19 Iraq (International Christian Concern)- Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain began preparations to celebrate their fifth Easter in […]

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ICC Hosts Event to Garner Support for USCIRF Reauthorization

04/16/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On April 11, International Christian Concern (ICC) hosted an event titled “The Global […]

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Release of Three American Christians Held in Laos Might Be Delayed

04/16/2019 Laos (International Christian Concern) – ICC reported yesterday on three American Christians detained last week in northern Laos for […]

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Coptic Christians Without Church for Easter Following Mob Attack

Children Traumatized and Three Injured in Attack on Egyptian Church 04/16/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern […]

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Military Veterans Work to Secure Pakistani Churches for Easter Holiday

04/16/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Retired Brigadier Samson Simon Sharaf along with other members of the Veterans of Pakistan […]

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Boko Haram Attacks Village Near Chibok on Day of Kidnapping Anniversary

04/16/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The day that Chibok was remembering five-year anniversary since the abduction of their daughters […]

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Indian “cow protectors” butcher man accused of slaughtering ox

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Australian rugby star axed for refusing to back down on religious beliefs

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Open Letter to UN Security Council on Sudan

Sudanese, African and International civil society calls for protection of the democratic will of the people of Sudan. Continue Reading

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Sudan churches call for democracy and human rights

Churches in Sudan have called for democracy, human rights and equal citizenship in statements delivered at a Christian service held on 14 April. Continue Reading

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16 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

ALGERIA
Pray for government approved churches that are being closed. #365prayer
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Three American Christians Detained in Laos

Vision Beyond Borders Volunteers Detained for Distributing Gospel Materials 04/15/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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North Korea Celebrates the Birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung

04/15/2019 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – Today is “The Day of the Sun,” an annual public holiday in North […]

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The 5th Anniversary of the Chibok Girls Kidnapping

04/15/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls from Borno […]

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SUDAN: ‘WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY’ TO END CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION – RELEASE INTERNATIONAL

As upheavals in Sudan continue, Release International sees a window of opportunity to end the persecution of Christians in that country. Protesters in Sudan are continuing to demonstrate for a civilian-led democracy, following last Thursday’s coup that ousted Omar al Bashir after…

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111 Egyptian Churches Receive Legal Status

4/15/19 Egypt (International Christian Concern)- On April 8, in an Egypt committee meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, 111 churches […]

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BJP Leaders Incite Religious Nationalism as India’s Holds National Election

04/15/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders across India continue to use religiously charged rhetoric to […]

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ICC Assists with Tuition Fees of Shooting Victim

04/15/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked Garissa University in April of 2015. The gunmen killed […]

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God MOO-ves in mysterious way to save woman in Azerbaijan

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Mexican priest beaten and tortured in suspected robbery

A 78 year-old priest has been admitted to hospital with second degree burns to his hands and feet after being beaten and tortured during a suspected robbery attempt on 11 April. Continue Reading

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Joint NGO letter calls for release of Nguyen Bac Truyen

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15 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

CUBA
Pray for the more than 2,000 house churches being threatened with closure. #365prayer
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Group Claims Nigeria Has Become a War Zone for Christians

04/14/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – As Boko Haram and Fulani militants ramp up their brutal campaign of violence throughout […]

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World Council of Churches Renews Call for Return of Missing Syrian Archbishops

04/14/2019 Syria (International Christian Concern) – The World Council of Churches has made renewed calls for the release of two […]

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Indian Christians Express Grave Concerned Going into National Election

04/14/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Open Doors, India’s Christians are expressing grave concerns that the upcoming national […]

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14 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

ETHIOPIA
Pray for outreach efforts to the Oromo people. #365prayer
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Facilitator of Jolo Church Bombing Killed in Military Operation

04/13/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – One of the facilitators of the bombing of the Jolo cathedral last January, was […]

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Libya’s Christian Minority Caught in Crossfire Between LNA and GNA

04/13/2019 Libya (International Christian Concern) Libya has long waged attacks on civilians, committing mass crimes against humanity. The country has […]

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A House Divided: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 04/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Gusolo is not […]

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India’s Religious Minorities Concerned by BJP President’s “Infiltrator” Claim

04/13/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – At a rally in Darjeeling, BJP President Amit Shah made an extraordinary claim that […]

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Research Suggests Africa Will Be Future Home for Most Christians

04/13/2019 Africa (International Christian Concern) – New projections from a leading American research group suggest that the number of Christians […]

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13 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

CUBA
Pray that God’s people will boldly share the Gospel throughout the island. #365prayer
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President Omar al-Bashir’s Brutal Reign Comes to an End

04/12/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – President Omar al-Bashir, known for brutal policies against Christians and other minorities, was on […]

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Syria’s Christian Community Remains on the Brink

04/12/2019 Syria (International Christian Concern) – Before the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Christians made up 10 […]

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Christian girl sold to Muslim man in Pakistan to return home

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Remembering the U.S. Missionary Who Brought Christianity to Myanmar

04/12/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – 169 years ago today, Adoniram Judson, the American missionary who first brought the gospel […]

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A House Divided: Part 1

04/12/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “No burial rites for you, a kaffir [infidel],” a Muslim villager said to Muhammud Gusolo, […]

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Church Torched by Unknown Assailants in India’s Telangana State

04/12/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – A church in India’s Telangana state was torched by unknown assailants on Wednesday, April […]

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12 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

SOMALIA
Pray for the families of Somali believers who have been killed for their faith. #365prayer
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Faith-Driven Pursuit of Democracy Leads to Jail in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is on the trajectory of losing its promised autonomy to Beijing. Through manipulated elections, financial incentives, and legal means…

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Philippines Anticipates Holy Week With Heightened Security

04/11/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Philippine police is deploying up to 11,600 police officers to secure bus terminals, airports, […]

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Extremists Single Out Coptic Christian Farmers

For many in Upper Egypt, livestock are not simply animals. They live as part of the family, and when the time comes, are sold.

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President Buhari Announces Plans to Restore Fulani Grazing Routes

04/11/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria announced plans to restore cattle grazing routes through […]

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Christian Tribal Beheaded for His Faith in India’s Odisha State

Anant Ram Gond, a 40-year-old Christian, was found beheaded in February in Nabarangpur, Odisha in India.

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Police Officer in Egypt Sentence to Death for Killing Coptic Christians

04/11/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  On Tuesday March 4, the Criminal Court of Minya sentenced a police officer who […]

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Assures that Asia Bibi will Soon Leave the Country

04/11/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – In a recent interview with the BBC, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that […]

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KURDISTAN: Church Built with State Approval

Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs. According to a local news source, a

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INDIA: Prayer Needed for Upcoming election

India’s 2019 general election will take place in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. The new parliament will be announced on 23 May. The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled with a simple majority for the past five years. Its electoral success is the

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BELARUS: Registration Refused for Church Activities

Officials have rejected the registration application for the Pentecostal Your Will Be Done Church in Minsk for the sixth time, after a government official pressured a potential landlord to not rent their facility to the church. Due to fear of punishment, the congregation has chosen

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Open letter to the international community on the current situation in Sudan

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11 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

SYRIA
Pray that families of kidnapped or missing Christians will remain patient and hopeful. #365prayer
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Shaanxi Government Plans to Demolish More Churches

04/10/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Shaanxi government sent at least 600 government officials and policemen this morning to demolish […]

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Egypt legalises more churches, but even PM thinks process is too slow

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Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: Violent Fulani Attacks Continue to Threaten Nigeria’s Stability

04/10/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Fulani militants continued to carry out violent attacks throughout Nigeria’s Middle Belt region […]

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Pakistani Minorities Call for Legislation to Combat Increased Forced Conversions

For years, Pakistani Christians have raised their voices against increasingly frequent incidents of forced abductions, conversions, and marriages of Christian girls.

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Turkey’s Repeated Airstrikes Force Christian Villagers in Iraq to Flee

04/10/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  On Tuesday, April 9, villagers fled as the Turkish military launched yet another series of […]

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Muslim Convert to Christianity Forced into Hiding in Uganda

04/10/2019 Uganda (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, Sheikh Hassan Podo used to be a radical Imam. […]

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ICC Provides Aid to an Evangelist Beaten in India

04/10/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Pastor Mukunda is an evangelist who ministers among five different villages in India. Last […]

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Pakistani Christian Attacked and Beaten for Opening Small Grocery Store

04/10/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On April 4, Kenneth Johnson, a 27-year-old Christian from Pakistan’s Khanewal District, was attacked […]

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10 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

NEPAL
Pray that Christian leaders will identify unreached areas and send local Gospel workers there. #365prayer
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Egypt’s President to Visit White House

4/9/19 Egypt (International Christian Concern)- The White House welcomed Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Tuesday for his second visit […]

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Crosses Desecrated at Christian Cemetery in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta

04/09/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On April 6, more than 11 wooden crosses were pulled out, damaged and burnt […]

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Terrorist threat to Pakistan churches

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to IS is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, our contact says.  Please pray…

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Pastor Falsely Accused of Forced Conversion by Hindu Munnani in Tamil Nadu

04/09/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On April 6, Pastor Douglas, head pastor at a Church of South India in […]

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ICC Event on Capitol Hill: April 11, 2019

Event to Review Global Religious Freedom Conditions and the Impact of USCIRF 04/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International […]

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Transforming Lives Through ICC’s Hope House: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 04/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “We try to […]

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Laws against extremism too difficult to do for UK government

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Bouteflika leaves door open for Al Qaeda to grab power in Algeria

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Kyrgyzstan: “We are going to lock you in prison and you are going to beg me for your life”

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9 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

LEBANON
Pray for pastors and churches that feel overwhelmed by the needs of refugees. #365prayer
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NGO Steps In to Help Relocate Kachin IDPs

04/08/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – A Japanese foundation has delivered a grant of US$300,000 to assist displaced Kachin communities […]

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Protest Continue to Rage in Sudan

04/8/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Protests in Sudan continue to fight the oppression and dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir. Over […]

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Church Built in Kurdistan with State Approval

04/08/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of […]

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Christian Activists Challenge Restrictions on Religious Conversions in India

04/08/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Christian activists have petitioned India’s Supreme Court to challenge guidelines set down by the […]

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Transforming Lives Through ICC’s Hope House: Part 1

04/08/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “If I could [have] but one privilege in my life, it would be this,” […]

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NGO and Lawyers Urge Government to Investigate Missing Pastor’s Case

04/07/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – A group of lawyers and Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) are giving the Malaysian […]

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8 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

BHUTAN
Pray for King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema. #365prayer
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Christians in Lebanon Maintain a Crucial Presence

4/7/19 Lebanon (International Christian Concern)- Members of various Italian dioceses spoke to prominent Lebanese authorities about the Christian contributions to […]

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Pakistanis Call For Laws Against Forced Conversions

4/7/19 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- On March 30th, Pakistanis of all religious backgrounds came together to protest in Lahore over […]

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7 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

UZBEKISTAN
Pray that the government will allow church registration; none have been registered since 2001. #365prayer
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ICC Provides Blankets to Christian Converts in Need

04/06/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – ICC has connected with a local pastor in Egypt who ministers in a neighborhood […]

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Resignation of Algerian President Questions the Future of Christians

4/6/19 Algeria (International Christian Concern) After twenty years as President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed on Monday to step down, […]

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Indian Christians Potentially Restricted From Parliament Seats

4/6/19 India (International Christian Concern)- Indian traditional tribal group, Central Sarna Simiti, petitioned the government earlier this week regarding eligibility […]

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Shaanxi Government Demolishes the Only Parish in Qianyang

04/05/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – On April 4, the government in Shaanxi province forcibly demolished the only parish in […]

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6 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

AZERBAIJAN
Pray for unity among Christians and churches and for their bold witness. #365prayer
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Reinforcing Christian Communities Is Vital for Syrian Stability

4/5/19 Syria (International Christian Concern)- The outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011 sparked an international humanitarian crisis. Thousands have […]

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Christian School Attacked By Hindu Radicals

4/5/19 India (International Christian Concern)- Following the suicide of a young teenage girl, a mob of Hindu radicals descended on […]

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Praying Christians forced to burn own Bibles by extremist gang in India

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5 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Pray that the church remains united as it witnesses to internally displaced people. #365prayer
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NGO Leaders in Pakistan Protest Against Increasing Numbers of Forced Conversions

04/04/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Last week, more than a dozen NGOs protested against the increasing number of incidents […]

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Chinese city offers cash prizes to people who betray their Christian neighbours

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Indonesian Catholic Family Expelled from Muslim Community

04/04/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Slamet Sumiarto, a Catholic artist and his family, became the latest victim of religious […]

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Iran’s Terror Factory: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 04/04/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “I haven’t done […]

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Project: Mobile Medical Clinic in Pakistan

Many Christians in Pakistan earn their living making bricks. Most are bonded labourers. Bonded labour in brick kilns usually occurs when a person is forced to work in order to pay off a loan owed to the brick kiln owner. In times of family crisis,

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Written Submission to HRC40

This submission seeks to draw the Councils attention to the growing trend of targeted violence against religious minorities and the complicity of the state apparatus in fostering a culture of communalism in India. Continue Reading

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Written Submission on the rights of religious and ethnic minorities

This submission seeks to draw the Councils attention to the situation for ethnic and religious minorities in the Peoples Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Continue Reading

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NIGER: Persecution is Fertiliser for the Gospel

A VOM partner ministry worked with 144 evangelists in Niger last year, providing discipleship training and opportunities to help them support themselves. The evangelists then visited communities throughout the country, sharing the Gospel and teaching people about Jesus. As those hearing the Gospel began to

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NIGERIA: Nasarawa State Subjected to Fulani Attacks

Fulani herdsmen continued their string of attacks early on Saturday 23 March, starting with three young Christian siblings returning home from a community feast. Fulani herdsmen beat, raped and killed a 19-year-old Christian woman while her younger sister and brother were able to escape. Though

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PAKISTAN: Christian Woman Assaulted and Locked in a Room

After fleeing domestic abuse, Aansa Bibi took a job as a house cleaner for a Muslim family. Her employer’s daughters enjoyed listening to Aansa sing Christian worship songs, but the girls’ aunt cautioned her brother about allowing an infidel Christian to work in their home.

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4 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

NIGERIA
Pray for Christian widows in the town of Mubi whose husbands were killed by Boko Haram. #365prayer
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Police Responsible for the Abduction of Malaysian Pastor

Whereabouts of Pastor Abducted in February 2017 Remain Unknown 04/03/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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The Women Abducted by Boko Haram

04/03/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The insurgency of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been accountable for up […]

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Students’ Education Interrupted Due to Persecution in Kenya

It is midday and children are making their way into the government settlement camp in Katsaka Kairo, Kenya under the scorching coastal sun.

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Violence and persecution against Christians growing in Chad

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Couple jailed for conspiracy following family suicide bombings of three Indonesian churches

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Sabah churches press for religious freedom as Malaysia debates giving more power to region

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Leading Muslim cleric says Islamophobia a result of Islamic extremism and not racism

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Answer to prayer as House of Lords committee calls on House to debate Relationships and Sex Education law after receiving hundreds of letters of concern

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Christian Fellowship Endures Brutal Assault by Radicals in Northern India

04/03/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a Christian fellowship in Chapar village, located in India’s […]

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Family of Missing Indonesian Christian Seeking Justice from Malaysia

04/03/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The family of Indonesian woman Ruth Sitepu, who has been missing since 2016 along […]

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Iran’s Terror Factory: Part 1

04/03/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – When Ayatollah Khomeini and his band of radical Islamists took over Iran in 1979, […]

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Are Iran’s Clerics Adopting New Publicity Strategy?

04/03/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Two op-eds in recent days ask the question whether Iran’s clergy are moving further […]

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Human rights commission identify police responsible for disappearances

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3 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

MALI
Pray for Christians from Muslim or animist backgrounds who are rejected by their families. #365prayer
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Kenyan Schoolboy Rekindled Dreams After Losing Father to al-Shabaab

Fifteen-year-old Joseph Mwangangi lost all hope of attending secondary school after his father was killed and his family was displaced by al-Shabaab.

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Turkey Attempts to School Christian Teachers

Although technically living in a secular nation, Turkey’s teachers are entrusted with the care of ensuring that children are raised as good, Turkish Muslims.

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Somalia’s Infant Church Emerging Amid Great Tribulations

04/02/2019 Somalia (International Christian Concern) – Somalia has had a tumultuous history since its conception. In the early to mid-20th […]

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Singapore Cancelled Anti-Christian Swedish Band’s Concert

04/02/2019 Singapore (International Christian Concern) – Last month, the Singaporean government disallowed the concert of Swedish metal band Watain hours […]

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Hindu Radicals Raid Prayer Meeting in India’s Tamil Nadu State

04/02/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On March 19, four Christians were attacked and violently dragged out of a private […]

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Erdogan’s Islamist Party Suffers Major Losses

04/02/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – For the first time in 25 years, President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) […]

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HRC40: Oral Statement during ID with Special Rapporteur on Iran

CSW is concerned by a continuing campaign against Christians in Iran. The last two months of 2018 saw a wave of raids on gatherings in private homes, resulting in over 100 arrests. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during adoption of China UPR outcome

We read this statement in honour of Cao Shunli and all individuals unjustly detained in China for the peaceful exercise of their rights. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during enhanced ID on Eritrea

CSW welcomes the improved relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but is intrigued that, in the immediate post-rapprochement period, Eritreas Catholic bishops could not attend a Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during ID with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

CSW welcomes once again the work of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, and encourages member states to continue their support of its mandate. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during ID with Special Rapporteur on the DPRK

CSW welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the DPRK and thanks the Rapporteur for his continued work. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during General Debate on Item 4

CSW is concerned by the current state of emergency in Sudan which grants sweeping powers and immunity to security personnel at a time when Sudans human rights record is already deteriorating. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during adoption of Nigeria UPR outcome

CSW welcomes the numerous recommendations made to the government of Nigeria with regard to countering terrorism. There is a clear need for the government to increase its efforts to meet these recommendations. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during General Debate on Item 6

CSW together with eight other organisations with consultative status wishes to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that the situation of FoRB continues to receive insufficient attention during UPR cycles. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during ID with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

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Human rights committee concerned over treatment of religious groups

The UN Human Rights Committee has urged Vietnam to prevent violence, discrimination and all acts of undue interference with the freedom of religion in the country. Continue Reading

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HRC40: Oral Statement during adoption of CAR UPR outcome

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HRC40: Oral Statement during adoption of Mexico UPR outcome

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2 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

PHILIPPINES
Pray that Christian workers travelling outside their villages will go unnoticed by Islamic extremists. #365prayer
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Underground Church Leaders Repeatedly Detained in China

Clergy Continuously Persecuted for Refusing to Join State-Sanctioned Church 04/01/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Brunei to Implement Islamic Laws Despite Criticism

04/01/2019 Brunei (International Christian Concern) – From April 3, the Muslim-majority country in Southeast Asia is set to implement Islamic […]

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Nasarawa State Subjected to Fulani Attacks

4/1/19 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- Fulani herdsmen continued their string of attacks early morning on Saturday, March 23, starting with […]

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Egypt Sentences 30 for Planning Church Attack

04/01/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Thirty men convicted of planning a suicide bombing against an Egyptian church in Alexandria […]

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Christian Home Burned to Ash by Suspected Hindu Radicals in India’s Gujarat State

04/01/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On March 17, a Christian home was burned to ash in Dundikheda village, located […]

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ICC Sends Bibles to Persecuted Believers in Laos

04/01/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Laos is a communist country in Southeast Asia and Christians in the underground church […]

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Project: Support for Brother Cho

Brother Cho’s* impactful ministry in Myanmar meant he was imprisoned and tortured for his faith. Because of this, he was in desperate need of medical attention. Health problems resulting from imprisonment didn’t stop Brother Cho from his current ministry which provides Christian cassettes and literature

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Christians beaten, Bibles burnt at prayer meeting

A prayer meeting in a home in Indias Tamil Nadu state was disrupted on 19 March by approximately 15 people from the Hindu Munani (Hindu Front) and the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). Continue Reading

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1 April 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDONESIA
Pray for a peaceful political campaign leading to the April 2019 presidential election. #365prayer
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Erdogan Uses Hagia Sofia Rhetoric as Campaign Strategy

03/31/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Today, Turkey is holding local elections throughout the country. These elections are viewed as […]

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Hindu Nationalist Group Launches Campaign to Make Nepal Officially a Hindu Nation

03/31/2019 Nepal (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, the pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party launched a campaign to reestablish Nepal […]

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