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CHINA: Pastor’s Wife Released on Bail

On the evening of 9 December 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention and is facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife,

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CHINA: Officials Plan to Turn Church into Hotel

Officials in central Henan province recently informed some church leaders of their intent to seize the church’s building and turn it into a hotel. Although the church is a member of the officially recognised Three-Self Patriotic Movement, officials banned the church from meeting last year.

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BURKINA FASO: Terrorists Kill 29 Christians in Two Attacks

Two terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso have left 29 Christians dead and countless others fearing for their lives. The twin attacks, which took place on 9 and 10 June, specifically targeted Christians and came on the heels of a series of attacks targeting churches in

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20 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

PAKISTAN
Pray for the ongoing emotional and physical needs of persecution victims. #365prayer
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Evangelical Church in Ethiopia Demanded to Evacuate its Premises in 30 Days

06/19/2019 Ethiopia (International Christian Concern)- A protestant church in central Ethiopia was asked to evacuate its premises after 10 years […]

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Christian Pakistani Girls Sold into Sex Trafficking in China

06/19/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- Young girls from a majority Christian community in Punjab, Pakistan were discovered to be repeatedly […]

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Pakistani Couple to Be Tried After Five Years of Imprisonment

Christian Couple Charged with Blasphemy Allegations Seeks Hope in High Court 06/19/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)- International Christian Concern […]

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Chinese Priest Refuses to Join State Approved Church

06/19/2019 China (International Christian Concern)- Msgr. Guo Xijin, an auxiliary bishop applicant of Fujian province, refused to join China’s government-run […]

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Lebanese Police Prevent Terrorist Attack on Churches

06/19/2019 Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – The Lebanese security services have arrested a 20-year-old Syrian national for plotting a series […]

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Afghanistan’s Secret Church: Part 1

06/19/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan claims that there are no Christians living within the […]

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Concern at seizure of Catholic properties and arrests of Orthodox Priests

CSW is deeply concerned by the seizure of health facilities belonging to the Catholic Church and the arrests of Orthodox priests in Eritrea, which occurred within a 24 hour period Continue Reading

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19 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

NIGERIA
Pray children displaced by Boko Haram will have an opportunity to receive an education. #365prayer
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Christians Accused of Forced Conversions Released

06/18/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On May 9th, 2019, two Christian men were arrested in northern India on false […]

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Protestors Burn Church in Niger Over Sheikh’s Arrest

06/18/2019 Niger (International Christian Concern)- On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, a mob of Muslim protestors set a church ablaze in […]

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“You have three days to go or you will be killed!” Boko Haram tells Christians in Niger

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Christian woman and teenage boy brutally murdered by Boko Haram in Cameroon village

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Kuwaiti Christians File Lawsuit Against Hardline Cleric

06/18/2019 Kuwait (International Christian Concern) –  Kuwaiti Christians have filed a lawsuit against Islamic cleric Othman al-Khamis for “stoking sectarian […]

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Submission to 126th Human Rights Committee

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Written Submission to the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

This submission seeks to draw the Councils attention to the situation of ethnic and religious minorities in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Mexican States. Continue Reading

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Written Submission to the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) seeks to draw the Councils attention to the situation of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and other human rights issues in Myanmar. Continue Reading

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Submission to 126th Human Rights Committee

This submission draws on CSWs research and detailed witness testimonies, and considers Nigerias current commitments to the ICCPR, with a particular focus on Article 18 Continue Reading

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18 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

AFGHANISTAN
Pray for God’s presence, provision, peace and protection among Afghan believers. #365prayer
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Christians Participate in Hong Kong Protests

06/17/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Observers are confirming numbers which suggest that the latest protest in Hong Kong may […]

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30 Innocents Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Bombing

06/17/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- Reports coming in reveal that suspected Boko Haram militants bombed a group of Nigerians who […]

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Sri Lankan Christians Continue to Live in Fear

06/17/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern)- Sri Lankan Christians have expressed deep trauma and fear following the Easter attacks which […]

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Syrian Christian Towns Targeted in Weekend Violence

06/17/2019 Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Two Syrian Christian towns associated with the Syrian government were targeted by jihadist rebels […]

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From Persecutor to Proponent: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 06/17/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Amir would often […]

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17 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

MALDIVES
Pray that President Abdulla Yameen and other leaders will grant more freedom to Maldivians. #365prayer
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Activists Call for Religious Freedom in North Korea

06/16/2019 North Korea (International Christian Concern) — An International Coalition for Religious Freedom in North Korea was launched on Friday. […]

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Christian Asylum Seekers Struggle in Sri Lanka

06/16/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – The Sri Lankan government is under an increase of international pressure because of […]

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Ugandan Christian Primary School Demolished

06/16/2019 Uganda (International Christian Concern) – An East Ugandan Christian primary school in the predominately Muslim Kabuna village was demolished […]

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UAE Opens Historic Christian Site

06/16/2019 UAE (International Christian Concern) – The United Arab Emirates opened to the public last week the country’s oldest Christian […]

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From Persecutor to Proponent: Part 1

06/16/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Amir began his career as a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), a […]

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16 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

TURKEY
Pray for the effectiveness of Christian media outlets, including radio, satellite TV and Internet ministries. #365prayer
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India Village Deprives Christians of Food

06/15/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Villagers in in India’s Chhattisgarh state are denying local homeless Christians the opportunity of […]

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Role of Turkish Government in Dink Assassination Questioned

06/15/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – The 93rd hearing regarding the assassination of outspoken Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was completed […]

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Nigerian Christians Cry for Help Following Genocide

06/15/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The daughter of the current leader of the Adara chiefdom, Alheri Magaji, is raising […]

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China Forbids Christian Burial for Arrested Priest

06/15/2019 China (International Christian Concern) — China is prohibiting a public funeral and Christian burial for the recently deceased bishop […]

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15 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDONESIA
Pray for boldness among hundreds of church planters who minister to 52 unreached people groups. #365prayer
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Five Believers in India Tied and Beaten

06/14/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Villagers in central India ruthlessly attacked five Christians after they had made a complaint […]

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Boko Haram Threatens Niger’s Christians

06/14/2019 Niger (International Christian Concern) –  A Christian woman in the city of Diffa in Niger was kidnapped by Boko […]

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Forced Conversions Reported in Rakhine

06/14/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) — According to the Chin Human Rights Organization, three Christians were forced to convert to […]

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Wife of Pastor Wang Yi released from jail in China after six months

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ICC Rescues Business of Persecuted Christian Widow

06/14/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Priyatama was widowed during a string of violent anti-Christian riots in India in August […]

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New Data Released on Palestinian Christians

06/14/2019 Palestine (International Christian Concern) – A recent report from Fides has revealed the depth to which Christianity has become […]

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14 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

KYRGYZSTAN
Pray that entire families will come to faith in Christ, giving them strength and encouragement. #365prayer
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Overcoming Abandonment in Egypt: Part 1

Bustling villages are commonplace in Upper Egypt. Amidst the expansive desert, Muslims and Christians squeeze into the thin ribbon of fertile land along the Nile.

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Jailed Pastor’s Wife Released from Prison in China

Authorities Pursue Charges Against Autumn Rain Covenant Church Members 06/13/18 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Series of Attacks Leaves India’s Christians Concerned About the BJP’s Re-election

A series of persecution incidents has raised concerns for many Indian Christians following the re-election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Bloodshed Continues in the Central African Republic

06/13/2019 Central African Republic (International Christian Concern) – Fifty people were reportedly killed and several others wounded in an armed […]

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China Slates 24 Village Churches for Destruction

06/13/2019 China (International Christian Concern) — According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), 24 churches in China’s northeastern Hebei province […]

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Church Bombing Survivor in Sri Lanka Dies After Succumbing to Injuries

06/13/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – Arun Prashanth, a survivor of the Easter church bombings in Sri Lanka, died […]

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Unsteady Calm Following Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

06/13/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Anti-Christian violence last week in Upper Egypt regarding a conversion case resulted in a […]

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Cuban pastor and wife jailed for home-schooling their children because of their faith

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ERITREA: Christian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

On 9 July 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (president since 1993) signed a “declaration of peace and friendship” and declared the “state of war” officially over. President Afwerki had long used the ‘Ethiopian threat’ as a pretext to justify

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INDIA: Released After Ten Years!

When the popular Hindu swami (religious leader), Lakshmanananda Saraswati, was killed in August 2008, Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite this claim, Hindu militants turned their anger towards the Christians of Odisha state (then known as Orissa). Riots exploded, particularly in the Kandhamal

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IRAQ: Five Years after IS Occupied Mosul, Returnees Live in Fear

The Islamic State’s three-year occupation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surrounding villages ended nearly two years ago. Yet the city and its diminished number of Christian residents remain vulnerable. Last month the Iraqi government announced it would arm residents of 50 villages around

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Protestant denominations launch new evangelical alliance

Seven Protestant denominations in Cuba, including the five largest in terms of membership, joined together to launch a new Cuban Alliance of Evangelical Churches on 11 June Continue Reading

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13 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

NIGERIA
Pray for believers disowned by their families and ostracised by their communities for their Christian faith. #365prayer
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Terrorists Kill Twenty Nine Christians in Two Attacks in Burkina Faso

06/12/2019 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Two terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso have left 29 Christians dead and countless […]

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Appeal Set for Christian Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

06/12/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – A Christian accused of committing blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan has reportedly had his […]

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Anti-Christian Rhetoric Norm of Istanbul Election

06/12/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Istanbul is bracing itself for the mayoral race redo scheduled on June 23rd. Opposition […]

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ICC’s Underground Railroad: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 06/12/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Ahmed walked into […]

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Catholic Church Under Fire in Philippines

06/12/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) — The Catholic Church in the Philippines is under fire from President Rodrigo Duterte, who […]

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Wife of detained Pastor Wang Yi released on bail after six months

Jiang Rong, a member of Early Rain Church and the wife of Pastor Wang Yi, was released on 10 June after six months in detention. Continue Reading

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12 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

BHUTAN
Pray for the spiritual growth of the indigenous Bhutanese church. #365prayer
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Facebook Post Sparks Mob Attack in Egypt

Egyptian Authorities Arrest Victims Targeted by Anti-Christian Violence 06/11/18 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned […]

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Priest Flees Chinese Province After Church Demolition

06/11/2019 China (International Christian Concern) –  Local officials in China’s northeastern Henan province demolished a church last month after members […]

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Christians flee homes as Islamist terrorists murder 29 in Burkina Faso in twin attacks

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Brave Christian who aided victims at bombed Sri Lanka church dies of injuries

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Priest Calls for Greater Attention and Support for the Persecuted Church in Nigeria

06/11/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Father John Bakeni of Maiduguri has called for more attention and support for persecuted […]

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Police Inaction Leaves Three Christian Families Homeless in India

06/11/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Years of police inaction against attacks on Christians in Bodiguda village, located in the […]

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ICC’s Underground Railroad: Part 1

06/11/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Ahmed grew up in a country where Christianity is prohibited. Like many teenagers, this […]

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Iran Sends Morality Police to Hard-Hit Christian Province

06/11/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Counter hijab protests are increasingly common in Iran, leading the government to pilot a […]

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Muslims and Christians Take Reconciliation Steps in Northern Nigeria

6/10/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- A group of Muslims visited Christian widows to offer free food, school items and clothing […]

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Forced Conversions and Marriages Tick Up in Pakistan

6/10/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- Several young girls have been kidnapped in recent months across Pakistan, most recently at the […]

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Myanmar Continues Blocking Aid for Kachin

06/10/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) –  The United Nations noted on Sunday that the government of Myanmar has not allowed […]

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Mosul Marks 5th Anniversary of ISIS Capture

06/10/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – The Islamic State captured Mosul, the capitol of Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate, five years ago […]

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South Sudanese refugees thank God for goats, goats … and more goats

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10 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

ERITREA
Pray for the health, faith and eventual release of Christians imprisoned for their faith. #365prayer
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Christians Call for Peace in Rural Philippines

06/09/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Leaders of most of the Philippines major Christian denominations have joined together in asking […]

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ICC Provides Clean Water in Qaraqosh, Iraq

06/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In the path of destruction left behind by ISIS, Iraqi Christians are attempting to […]

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Family Claims Christian Teen Was Kidnapped and Forcefully Converted to Islam in Pakistan

06/09/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, the family of a Christian teen in Faisalabad have claimed […]

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Iranian Official Imprisoned for Backing Religious Minorities

06/09/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  A local councilor in Shiraz, a city in Southern Iran, was sentenced to one-year […]

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9 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

VIETNAM
Pray that training and Christian literature will help local believers mature in faith. #365prayer
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Islamic State in Egypt Attacks Police Checkpoint

06/08/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Two deadly checkpoint attacks in Sinai’s al-Arish resulted in the death of 8 Egyptian […]

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Christian School and Hostel Demolished by Government Officials in Eastern India

06/08/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a Christian school and hostel was demolished by government […]

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Nineteen Christians Kidnapped and One Killed in Violent Attacks by Fulani Militants in Nigeria

06/08/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Seventeen Christians in Nigeria’s north-central Kaduna State were kidnapped during choir practice on the […]

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An Unshakable Faith: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. 06/08/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Jamaa looked at […]

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China Targeting Human Rights Workers Internationally

06/08/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Canada is currently studying China’s targeting of human rights workers who internationally raise awareness […]

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8 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

PAKISTAN
Pray that the evangelistic material being distributed on SD cards will bear fruit. #365prayer
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Religious Freedom Forum meets in Taiwan

06/07/2019 Taiwan (International Christian Concern) – From May 30 until June 1 the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum met in […]

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Muslim gangs in UK jails beating prisoners until they convert to Islam

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Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report

The Islamic State (ISIS) has adopted a strategy of insurgency in areas previously under the militants’ control during the height of its so-called Islamic Caliphate.

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Eritrea Continues to Crackdown on Pentecostal Christians – 30 Christians Arrested

06/07/2019 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – Thirty Christians were arrested on Monday, June 3, while praying at nondenominational churches in three […]

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An Unshakable Faith: Part 1

06/07/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Years ago, while visiting perse­cuted believers in Morocco, I learned about an incredibly brave […]

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Radicals Break Up Christian Worship and Accuse Leaders of Forced Conversions

06/07/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday, June 2, members of the Bajrang Dal raided a Christian conference and […]

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Armenian Doors Marked with Hate Speech

06/07/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  The doors of some Armenians living in Istanbul’s Samatya District were marked on Wednesday […]

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Pastor’s wife released – but no respite for Early Rain Church in China

Early Rain Covenant Church is celebrating some good news: the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi. But the relentless persecution of church members continues. Jiang Rong was freed on bail earlier last week, as was another church member, Li…

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Project: Philippines Motorbikes for pastors

Mindanao in the Philippines can be dangerous for believers, especially for those who minister in remote areas. Late last year, Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, funded a project to provide ten motorcycles for pastors, leaders and evangelists who travel

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Project: Pakistan Eye Screenings and Operations

Throughout March and April, Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, funded over 1100 eye screenings and 167 lifechanging vision operations in Pakistan. These were coordinated by Dr Reginald Zahiruddin. Prior to the operations, eye screenings were advertised throughout churches and

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Open Letter to the United Nations on killing of democracy protesters

The attack on peaceful democracy protesters in Khartoum that began on June 3 that has reportedly seen the killing of at least 100 people and hundreds more injured demands a strong international response Continue Reading

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CSW calls for international intervention as Sudan is suspended from the African Union

CSW has joined 35 African and international civil society organisations calling for concerted international action on Sudan, following the targeted killings of peaceful protesters. Continue Reading

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Christians assaulted while distributing tracts

Two Christian men were assaulted and driven away from outside the grounds of Murugaram theatre on 31 May in Ravana Nagar, Karaikal, Puducherry. Continue Reading

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7 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

LIBYA
Pray for the safety of Christians sharing the Gospel. #365prayer
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Nigerian Christians Petition President Trump to Take Action in Adaraland

06/06/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Voice of Northern Christian Movement in Nigeria (VNCMN) has called on United States […]

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Islamic Celebration Spirals into Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

Christians Targeted in Upper Egyptian Village Following Conversion Case 06/06/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has […]

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Project Update: Grocery Store in Pakistan

   Omar worked as a sweeper in the session court in Pakistan for eight years. In January 2018, he […]

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A Gift in the Midst of Turmoil: ICC Builds Two Houses for Castaway Christians in India

When facing opposition to our faith, our natural inclination is to question the existence and goodness of Christ.

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Tiananmen Square Massacre Remembered by Christians

06/06/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Chinese Christians gathered to remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre, whose 30-year anniversary occurred this […]

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Protected: Vacancy –

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Algerian governor ignores court order and shuts down church

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Blind Christian Couple Acquitted of Force Conversion Charges in India

06/06/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – In January 2016, Hindu radicals attacked the tiny Christian community of Dehar, located in […]

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Persecution Follows Sudanese Man to Egypt

06/06/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  On May 27th, a Sudanese man seeking refuge in Egypt received a threatening phone […]

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INDIA: Election Results Raise Concerns for Christians

As more than 600 million citizens cast their ballots in the Indian general election, Christians and members of other religious minorities had added concerns about the outcome. Those concerns were realised after the results came in, for the Hindu-nationalist BJP party captured 303 of the

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PAKISTAN: Christian Family Left Homeless Following Mob Attack

A Christian pastor, his wife and their university-aged daughter living in Pakistan were recently attacked by a mob of 34 men at their home. Thankfully, the family was rescued by a police officer who was passing by the house during the attack. Although they escaped

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NIGERIA: Evangelist Severely Beaten in Bauchi State

An evangelist visiting family members in Bauchi Sate was severely beaten recently and left for dead by Muslim villagers. Adamu was raised as a Muslim but placed his faith in Christ after hearing the Gospel on the radio. Since then, he has been sharing the

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City Councillor imprisoned for speaking up for Baha’is

Mehdi Hajjeti, a local councillor in Shiraz, a city of southern Iran, was arrested by Iranian authorities on 2 June and given a one-year prison sentence after expressing empathy with Iranian Bahais. Continue Reading

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6 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

EGYPT
Pray for small church plants that struggle to survive various pressures. #365prayer
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India’s Christians Reflect on Another Five Years of BJP Rule

India’s national elections concluded with another thumping victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Catholic Priest and Nine Other Christians Killed in Northern Burkina Faso

06/05/2019 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Updates from World Watch Monitor reveal that a Catholic priest and nine other […]

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New Report Documents Myanmar War Crimes

06/05/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – Amnesty International has released a new report documenting the war crimes of Myanmar’s government, […]

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BJP Minister Perpetuates Anti-Christian Narrative by Comparing Religious Conversion to Rape

06/05/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Christian leaders across India have been disturbed by comments made by a Bharatiya Janata […]

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ICC Aids Victim of False Blasphemy Accusation

06/05/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Vishal Masih is a Christian in Pakistan who was falsely accused of blasphemy in […]

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Saudi Arabia Leads Mecca Declaration

06/05/2019 Saudi Arabia (International Christian Concern) –  During the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, […]

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5 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

AFGHANISTAN
Pray that God will open many Afghans’ hearts and minds to the Gospel. #365prayer
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Christian Meeting Leads to Chaos, Protests and Death Threats in Uganda

06/04/2019 Uganda (International Christian Concern)- Pastors and Muslim converts in the Western Ugandan province of Bwera, received several death threats […]

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Turkey’s Culture of Genocide Continues

The past two months were somber for Turkey’s historic Christian communities. Each in their turn gathered in remembrance of their ancestors who were murdered, or somehow barely survived…

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More than 140 believers arrested on one day in Eritrea Copy

More than 140 Christians were arrested as they gathered in a private courtyard in the Eritrean capital last Friday. Our partner Release Eritrea says that 104 of those arrested in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara were women. The others were 23…

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Pastor urges “strong wave of protest” after Assyrian Church in Iran shut down, cross removed

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Australian MP calls for new religious freedom law making religious belief exempt from job contracts

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Newly Converted Christian Couple Beaten by Mob in Northern India

06/04/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On June 4, a Christian man and his wife were severely beaten by a […]

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China Attempts New Propaganda Efforts Against Christians

06/04/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Radio Free Asia reports that in China’s southeastern province of Jiangxi, local authorities are […]

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Iran Bans Religious Minority Teachers from Kindergarten

06/04/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Contrary to Iran’s own laws, the country’s Organization of Welfare has issued a ban […]

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Project: Teacher Support in Mindanao

Christians in Mindanao, in the Philippines, face varying degrees of persecution from rebel groups, radical Muslims and a communist government. Last year Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, set up a project to aid four teaching staff at the Anchor

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TIANANMEN MASSACRE 30 YRS ON – THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED IN CHINA

Thirty years ago to the day on June 4, 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on students campaigning for democracy in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Nobody knows how many they killed. Some say hundreds, some say thousands. The Chinese authorities prefer not to say….

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4 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

TUNISIA
Pray for the protection of  Tunisian believers. #365prayer
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Jos Christians Under Attack by Fulani Militants

06/03/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- Nigerian Police report that five Christians were killed and 12 Christian homes were burnt in […]

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UN heralds official day for victims of violence against religion or belief

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Church Leader in Pakistan Honored for Leadership on Interfaith Harmony

06/03/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – A Catholic priest in Pakistan was honored last week for his leadership on interfaith […]

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Chinese Marriage Scam Targets Foreign Christian Girls

06/03/2019 China (International Christian Concern) –Pakistani police are investigating a three-member group involved in a Chinese marriage scam that targets […]

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Turkey Censors Armenian Media

06/03/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Turkey has again constricted the freedom of speech of Armenians, an ethnic group who […]

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A Heavy Cost for Muslim-Background Believers

06/03/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Muslim-background believers (MBBs) are among the most vibrant Christians in the world. Hated by […]

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Imprisoned Indonesian Pastor Released on House Arrest

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 26, 2019, Pastor Abraham Ben Moses was released from prison to reunite with his wife and daughter at home.

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CSW statement on 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

CSW has released a statement to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China on 4 June 2019. Continue Reading

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3 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

BHUTAN
Pray that unity among church leaders will be a strong testimony of God’s love. #365prayer
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Malaysia Arrests Three IS-linked Terrorists

06/02/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – In an effort to counter growing terrorism threat in the country, the Bukit Aman […]

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Murder in Morocco Inspired by Anti-Christian Hatred

06/02/2019 Morocco (International Christian Concern) – The alleged ringleader of an Islamic cell that murdered two foreign women hiking in […]

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Christian Family in Pakistan Left Homeless Following Mob Attack

06/02/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – A Christian pastor, his wife, and their college-aged daughter living in Pakistan were recently […]

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2 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

MEXICO
Pray for ministries reaching out to communities that are less than 3% Christian. #365prayer
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The Amman Message: Addressing Islam’s Contemporary Crisis

By John Cosenza Introduction In April 2019 over 300 men, women and children were killed across three cities in Sri […]

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Classifying Religious Persecution to Implement Meaningful Change

By John Cosenza In 1998 the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) was signed into law to combat the growing concern […]

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Human Rights at the Forefront of Foreign Affairs Committee Agenda

By Dana Stancavage   While in the minority, House Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee have rolled out an extensive […]

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Hearing Held for China’s Xunsiding Church

06/01/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – On May 31, five Christians were called to testify for Xunsiding Church, a house […]

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Release of Christian Prisoner in India Gives Hopes to Others Wrongfully Convicted

06/01/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – The recent release of Gornath Chalanseth has given hope to six other Christians who […]

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ICC Supports Young Farmer Facing Persecusion

06/01/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – At the age of 14, Mikhail is responsible for the care of his family […]

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Armenian Woman Attacked in Turkey

06/01/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Agos reports that yesterday an Armenian woman living in Istanbul was attacked and wounded […]

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1 June 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDONESIA
“Pray that I can change my identity card from Muslim to Christian.” — Christian convert from Islam. #365prayer
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Conversion, Trials, and Provision: The Story of Sarah Ayu Ibrahim

International Christian Concern has obtained approval from Sarah, the wife of imprisoned Indonesian pastor Abraham Ben Moses, to feature her testimony that she shared recently at an Indonesian church in New York.

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Nun Decapitated, More Than 30 Others Killed in CAR in Two Weeks

05/31/2019 CAR (International Christian Concern) – More than 30 people were killed in the past two weeks in continued violence […]

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Incidents of Persecution Continue as Modi is Sworn in to Second Term

05/31/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Attacks on Christians and other religious minorities continue to be reported in India as […]

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Mysterious Fires Plague Iraqi Christians

05/31/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Fires from an unknown source burned on Thursday the agricultural fields surrounding the Iraqi […]

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Vietnamese Activists, Clergy Call for Freedom of Movement

05/31/2019 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – A group of religious leaders and activists in Vietnam have launched a national campaign […]

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Government cancels church construction permit

Baptist leaders in Cuba are calling on the government to fulfill its promise to allow them to build a new church after their building permit was arbitrarily cancelled by the Office of Religious Affairs. Continue Reading

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31 May 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

BAHRAIN
Pray that the royal family will become followers of Christ. #365prayer
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Boko Haram Kill 7 Villagers in Continued Rebirth

05/30/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram has attacked and killed 7 villagers in Jere local council area of […]

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Arrest Warrant Issued for “Burmese Bin Laden”

05/30/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – A court in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant against Wirathu, a notorious Buddhist […]

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Christian Woman Disappears Lower Egypt

05/30/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – A Christian wife and mother of three has disappeared near Cairo after the family […]

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Christian Home Ransacked by Radicals in India’s Tripura State

05/30/2019 India (International Christian Concern) –  The home of a Christian in India’s Tripura state was recently ransacked by Hindu […]

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The Hands and Feet of ICC

05/30/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “I was just 17, fresh out of high school,” one of ICC’s field staff­ers […]

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MALAYSIA: Establishment of Special Task Force

The Malaysian government has expressed that it will set up a special task force to investigate the cases of missing Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, a move that is welcomed by the Koh family. On 23 May, Home Minister Tan Sri

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NEPAL: Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma

More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who have suffered for their faith. Pastor

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Iran: Cross Removed from Recognised Church

Iranian Intelligence agents, along with EIKO (Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order) officials directly under the control of the Supreme Leader, raided an Assyrian Presbyterian Church in the north-western city of Tabriz on 9 May. The agents changed the locks, tore down the cross, and ordered

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CSW welcomes UN Day for victims of violence based on religion or belief

CSW welcomes the adoption by UN General Assembly of a resolution establishing 22 August as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. Continue Reading

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30 May 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

COLOMBIA
Pray that Colombia’s leaders will not have ties to drug running rebel groups. #365prayer
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Over 50 Chin Villagers Kidnapped by Arakan Army

On February 2, 2019, 54 Kangtlang villagers were abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) to the AA base located between the Myanmar and Bangladesh border.

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Over 50 Chin Villagers Kidnapped by Arakan Army

On February 2, 2019, 54 Kangtlang villagers were abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) to the AA base located between the Myanmar and Bangladesh border.

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Churches reopen in Sri Lanka four weeks after Easter Day bombings

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Taiwan Hosts International Religious Freedom Forum

05/29/2019 Taiwan (International Christian Concern) – From May 30 to June 1, Taiwan will host the first Taiwan International Religious […]

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The Plight of Iraq’s Elderly Christians

A colorful Rubik’s Cube sits in the wrinkled hands of an elderly Iraqi woman, her fingers playing softly with the edges as she puzzles over her next move.

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Church Leader in Sri Lanka Recalls Easter Bombings

05/29/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – On Easter Sunday, April 21, Father Joy Mariaratnam was leading Mass at St. […]

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Turkish Police Raid Church During Baptism Ceremony

05/29/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Turkish police interrupted a baptism ceremony in the city of Bolu while conducting a […]

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Six People in One Family Killed by Gunmen in Plateau State

05/29/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Gunmen invaded Dangwal village of Ganawuri District of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau […]

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Visit report from Indonesia

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Indonesia report urges president to tackle intolerance

CSW today calls on Indonesias President Joko Widodo to make it the priority of his second term to defend freedom of religion or belief. Continue Reading

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Vietnam prisoners of conscience in poor health

CSW is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of activists Nguyen Bac Truyen and Nguyen Van Hoa, currently imprisoned in Vietnam. Continue Reading

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29 May 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

LEBANON
Pray that Muslim Syrian refugees will respond to the Gospel. #365prayer
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Muslim Mob in Kenya Destroys Churches and Christian Shops

Nearly two weeks ago, a disagreement between Muslims and the local community in Kiamaiko, Nairobi, culminated in a mass attack by young Muslim men.

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Indian Minorities Express Concern Following BJP Election Win

05/28/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Minority communities in India, including Christians, Muslims, and Dalits, have expressed concern regarding their […]

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ICC Provides Moped for Hmong Christian Family

Government-led oppression in Vietnam has rendered tens of thousands of Hmong Christians stateless, leaving them without household registration.

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Flour Challenge

This year we are encouraging people to participate in the #FlourChallenge. Flour is a staple food ingredient used across the world and is often a component in the food parcels Release helps to distributed to displaced Christians. This year our exhibition stand…

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Philippine city of Marawi still in ruins two years after Islamic State attack

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Court acquits two men of burning alive Christian Pakistani couple, conviction of three others upheld

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India’s “barefoot evangelist” dies, praying for extremists who killed him

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Four killed in new attack by militants on church in Burkina Faso

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Pastor Injured during Failed Abduction Attempt by Fulani Militants

05/28/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Fulani Militants attacked and injured a pastor in Ondo State Nigeria last week during […]

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Public Denigration of Iranian Christians Increases

05/28/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Just weeks after Iran’s Intelligence Minister voiced concerns about the growth of Christianity and […]

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28 May 2019 | 365 Days of Prayer

EGYPT
Pray for Christian families forced to flee the city of Arish because of extremists. #365prayer
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Family of Missing Pastor Welcomes Establishment of Special Task Force

05/27/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The Malaysian government has expressed that it will set up a special task force […]

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Fourth Church Attacked in Burkina Faso in Past Month

05/27/2019 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – There has been another attack on a Catholic Church in northern Burkina Faso. […]

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