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The Power of Petition

04/11/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Petitions serve as a formal request, garnering the attention of some of the most powerful.

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Court in India Grants Bail to Men Accused of Harassing Nuns

04/11/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), a court in India’s Uttar […]

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Lao Christian Pastor Detained since 2020 Finally Released

04/11/2021 Laos (International Christian Concern) – A Lao pastor who was arrested by the authorities after he refused to cease […]

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Azerbaijan-Turkey Launch Second Joint Military Training

04/11/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Azerbaijan and Turkey launched a two-day joint military training exercise on April 8 with […]

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Eight Christians Kidnapped in Nigeria Have Been Freed

04/10/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), who were abducted last […]

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Eight Christians Kidnapped in Nigeria Have Been Freed

04/10/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), who were abducted last […]

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Azerbaijan Falsely Claims No More Armenian POWs

04/10/2021 Armenia (International Christian Concern) –  A plane reportedly supposed to be bringing Armenian prisoners of war home from Baku, Azerbaijan […]

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U.S. Embassy in Indonesia Warns of Potential Terrorist Attacks

04/10/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On April 7, the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia issued a security alert for American […]

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Survivors of the 2019 Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka File Lawsuit Against Members of Former Government

04/10/2021 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), the relatives of those […]

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Pastor Chen’s Family in China

04/09/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – In the early 2000s, the Lord led Pastor Chen of China to serve churches in the suburbs and rural areas of Nanning City in the Guangxi Province.

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Episode 60: The [Un]Holy Revolution

Under the pseudonym of Reza Kahlili, a former Iranian Revolutionary Guard member worked as an undercover CIA agent in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Two Christian Nurses in Pakistan Falsely Accused of Blasphemy by Muslim Coworker

Two Christian nurses in Pakistan have been formally accused of committing blasphemy against Islam. According to local sources, the Christians were accused by a Muslim coworker of desecrating wall hangings that contained Quranic verses.

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Coptic Christian Woman and 6-Year-Old Son Murdered

On April 03, 2021, a Coptic Christian woman and her 6-year-old son were murdered by a tok-tok driver. The victim, Maryam Sa’ad, also had a 4-year-old daughter who escaped. The crime occurred in Minya Governorate and the name of the murderer is Abu Muhammad al-Harami.

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10 Out of 39 Students Abducted from a Nigerian College Have Been Freed

04/09/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to the Nigerian news source Daily Trust, 10 out of the 39 students […]

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Guiyang House Church Elder Charged with Fraud

04/09/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – After being detained for more than 10 days, an elder from a house church […]

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Congressman Calls Out India Amid Growing Religious Freedom Concerns

04/09/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Congressman Raja Khrisnamoorthi (D-IL) issued a strong statement on religious discrimination in his […]

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Cyprus Religious Leaders Condemn Party at Historic Monastery

04/09/2021 Cyprus (International Christian Concern) –  Cyprus religious leaders condemned a techno party that was held at Armenian Sourp Magar Monastery. […]

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Mother of Huma Yunus Speaks Out Against Politicians in Pakistan

04/09/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, Nageena Yunus, mother of Huma Yunus, spoke out against Pakistani […]

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International Pressure Increasing on Tatmadaw

04/08/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The international community has once again stepped up the pressure on Myanmar’s new military […]

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Islamic State in Central and Southern Africa a Threat to Vulnerable Christian Populations

General disaffection may be fueling IS activity in Africa today, but as IS grows across the continent IS will increasingly turn its attention to the destruction of Christians and their communities.

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Kaduna State Government Refuses to Negotiate with Bandits, Parents of Abducted Students Appeal Decision

04/08/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to Daily Trust news agency, the parents of the 39 students abducted in Nigeria last month have appealed the government’s […]

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India-Focused Human Rights Groups Welcome State Department Report

04/08/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Several human rights groups welcomed a recent State Department report on human rights in […]

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Myanmar’s Military Junta Conducts Search of Church Groups in Kachin State

04/08/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – During Easter weekend, the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) conducted a search at several church organizations […]

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Christian in Central India Arrested on Easter for Hurting Religious Sentiments

04/08/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, a Christian in India’s Madhya Pradesh state was arrested and […]

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Pope Francis Provides Spiritual and Financial Support

04/08/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Iraq, he let a $350,000 donation designated to families […]

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General Briefing: North Korea

The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, is the worlds most closed, isolated and repressive state, with one of the worst records for human rights. Continue Reading

General Briefing: Indonesia

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A Lust for Jihad

04/07/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – It’s on a schedule. Every autumn, Turkey either launches an invasion into Syria or increases their military activities

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Kidnapped Pastor Killed in Nigeria  

04/07/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Fifty-year-old Frederick Ojo Aramuwa, from Ifira Akoko Ondo state, Nigeria, was found dead days after he was […]

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Reflection

By Dana Stancavage Barbed wire fencing, guard towers, and barracks are what I saw in July 2016 as I drove […]

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Rare EU-Turkey Meeting Highlights European Concerns With Situation in Turkey

04/7/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – In a rare meeting between the European Union and Turkey, heads of the European […]

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Turkey Sentences Priest to Imprisonment for Acts of Religious Charity

On April 07, 2021, a Turkish court sentenced Syriac priest Father Sefer (Aho) Bileçen from the Monastery of Mar Yaqoub al-Suruji to two years, one month, in prison on terrorism-related charges.

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Christian Expatriate Faces Charges in North Cyprus

04/07/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Christian expatriate Ryan Keating living in North Cyprus has been charged with illegally importing Christian […]

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Human Rights Group Asks for Report on Missing Malaysian Pastor

04/07/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – It has been two years since the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) public […]

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Churches in Pakistan Develop Christian Studies Curriculum

04/07/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Barnabus Aid, churches in Pakistan have developed a syllabus on Christian religious […]

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India’s Gujarat State Passes New Anti-Conversion Law

International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) led government of Gujarat has passed a new law regulating religious conversions and criminalizing forced religious conversions. The new law amends the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003 and has been championed by local BJP politicians as the state’s ‘Love Jihad’ law

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The Unstoppable River of God

How far would you walk to share the Gospel? In the Western Church, this isn’t a question we face often, but it is the daily reality for rural pastors overseas.

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Child Sponsorship Highlight: Persecution and Identity

04/06/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On an average day, 12-year-old child sponsorship recipient Heba Yasser can be found in her family home helping her mother with household responsibilities.

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Indian Christian Families Displaced from Village After Refusing to Recant Faith

04/06/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to local sources, 13 Christian families in India’s Odisha state have been displaced […]

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Boko Haram Attacks are on the Rise in Northern Cameroon 

04/06/2021 Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – According to a Human Rights Watch report, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has increased attacks in Cameroon […]

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Nineveh Governate Largely Lives In Poverty

04/06/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  In Nineveh Governorate, thirty-eight percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Many of […]

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Indonesia Christians Celebrate Easter with Heightened Security

04/06/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – After the suicide bomb attack at the Catholic cathedral in Makassar on Palm Sunday, […]

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Kidnapping in Nigeria Funds Boko Haram, Says Kaduna State Governor 

04/05/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – “It has been established that the kidnapping operations (by bandits) are substantially funding Boko Haram activities in the […]

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Jordanian Coup Plot Suggests Insecurity for Region’s Christians

04/05/2021 Jordan (International Christian Concern) –  Former Jordanian crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the half-brother of King Abdullah II, has been […]

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Christians in the Crossfire in Ethiopia

By Linda Burkle, PhD Recently my pastor called me and asked, “What do you know about what is happening in […]

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Indian Minister Promises Justice for Nuns Forced from Train Amid Rising Tensions

04/05/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Indian Home Minister Amit Shah […]

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Nineveh Plains Transitional Justice Report: March

Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Iraq this past March was long awaited, eagerly anticipated, and happily welcomed by the country. His visit dominated the news and defined many of Nineveh’s activities. With mere weeks now having passed since his visit, the landscape of its impact is only just beginning to emerge.

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The Price to Pay Following Jesus in Indonesia

Although Koyo grew up as a Christian, Koyo’s grandfather is Buddhist and his grandmother Muslim. He had no clarity about the religion he professed, since Christianity is not about following religious rituals, as opposed to Islam.

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Pakistan’s Christians Celebrate Easter Amid Pandemic and Security Concerns

04/05/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Pakistan Today, the Christian community of Pakistan peacefully celebrated Easter amid tight […]

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Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali

04/04/2021 Mali (International Christian Concern) – Four peacekeepers were killed by suspected Jihadists on Friday in the Kidal region of northeast Mali, reports […]

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Iraqi Government Seeks to Address Pope’s Concerns

04/04/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq in early March, the Iraqi government has reportedly […]

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Renewed Hope in Nigeria as Christians Celebrate Christs Victory over Death  

04/03/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Samson Ayokunle, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), released a statement […]

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China Will Stamp Out Five “Illegal Social Organizations” Including House Churches

04/03/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), China will launch a campaign to […]

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Politicization of Religious Affairs Directorate Causes Concern

04/03/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diaynet) is increasingly becoming a tool of President Erdogan to […]

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Turkey’s Sordid Past

04/02/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Rewrite the story. Forget the history. Silence yesterday’s memory, and the present is lost.

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Human Rights Watch Urges Release of Lao Pastor

04/02/2021 Laos (International Christian Concern) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Laotian authorities to release a Christian pastor […]

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Remains of Kidnapped Missionary Found in Mali 

04/02/2021 Mali (International Christian Concern) – DNA tests confirmed that the body of Beatrice Stoeckli has been recovered, months after her reported death […]

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Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Christians— Minority of Minorities

Immediately condemned by the international community and now considered a genocide, the Burmese military, or Tatmadaw, began the latest in a series of brutal military crackdowns against Rohingya Muslims in August of 2017.

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Christians in Central India Forced to “Reconvert” to Tribal Religion

04/02/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, 10 Christians in central India were beaten and forced […]

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Medically-Vulnerable Iranian Christian Summoned for Prison

04/02/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Iranian Christian converts Homayoun Zhaveh and Sara Ahmadi have received their summons to report to […]

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Episode 59: Wake Up to the Battle of the Church

Retired three star general William Boykin and Jeff King sat down for an interview after General Boykin’s speech at the Bridge Conference in 2016.

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ERCC Preacher Repeatedly Taken Away by the Police

04/01/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A preacher from the heavily persecuted house church Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in […]

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Suspected ADF Rebels Massacre 23 in DRC  

04/01/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is suspected to be behind the massacre of 23 people Tuesday […]

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Growth of Islamic State in the Sahel Threatens Christian Communities

When an international coalition cornered Islamic State (IS) in Baghuz, a small town in eastern Syria, in early February 2019, it seemed at first glance that the radical Islamist group was on its last legs.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns 2020 U.S. Human Rights Report

04/01/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry responded to the U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report […]

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USCIRF Commissioner Calls on Pakistan to Repeal its Blasphemy Laws

04/01/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner Johnnie Moore has called on Pakistan […]

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Pakistani Christians Increase Church Security in Preparation for Easter

04/01/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Christians in Pakistan are increasing […]

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Dissenting Judges in Kavala’s Court Case Speak Out

04/01/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Turkish courts recently ruled that Osman Kavala’s detainment is not in violation of his […]

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Hebei House Church Ransacked by the Police

03/31/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A house church in Hebei province’s Sanhe city was ransacked by the local authorities […]

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U.S. State Department Releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2020

The U.S. State Department published its 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, highlighting the status of human rights in every country around the world.

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U.S. Religious Freedom Officials Continue Advocacy Despite New Chinese Sanctions

03/31/2021 United States (International Christians Concern) – The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued sanctions earlier this week on religious freedom […]

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Footage Depicts Azeri Troops Desecrating Armenian Church

03/31/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Footage has surfaced depicting Azerbaijani troops vandalizing St. Yeghishe Church in Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh). The […]

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Increase in COVID-19 Restrictions in Pakistan to Affect Christians Celebrating Easter

03/31/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, the government of Pakistan is tightening rules on social distancing […]

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Suspected Fulani Militants Kill 18 in Ebonyi State

03/30/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Shocking images have been released showing the horrendous atrocities committed Monday night by Fulani Militants, who ambushed […]

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Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria – Q4 2020

With at least 73 incidents of militant violence in the final quarter of 2020, Nigeria continues be one of the most violent nations in the world. The two main aggressors, Boko Haram and Fulani militants…

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Guiyang House Church Elder Yet to be Released After Detention

03/30/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – An elder from a house church in China’s Guizhou was detained after local authorities […]

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Mozambique Army Taking Back City from ISIS 

03/30/2021 Mozambique (International Christian Concern) – According to a Guardian report, Mozambique military forces are working to regain control of the city of […]

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Religious Freedom is not Free, Despite Minister Qadri’s Announcement

03/30/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony presented a false narrative on March 25, 2021, that religious minorities enjoy no religious restrictions of any kind anywhere in Pakistan. Open Doors, the U.S. State Department, and International Christian Concern (ICC) have proven otherwise in 2020 reports.

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Growing Christian Persecution Becoming a Greater Point of Concern for U.S. Christians

03/30/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – A poll released by Aid to the Church in Need-USA on March 17 […]

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International Community Urges Protections for Refugees from Myanmar

03/30/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – Thousands have fled the violence in Myanmar, where a military junta has ruled since […]

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Swiss Parliamentarian Raises Concern Regarding Church Closures in Algeria

03/30/2021 Switzerland (International Christian Concern) – This month, Swiss National Councilor Eric Nussbaumer called on the Swiss Federal Council to […]

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Child Sponsorship Highlight: Fatherless

03/30/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – When Maryam Fathy joined Hope House’s child sponsorship program two years ago, she was an inquisitive young girl, and her parents looked forward to all she may achieve through the center’s educational support.

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Iraq Papal Visit Leaves Region Hopeful

03/30/2021 Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq, Syrian Christians and church leaders expressed their desire and […]

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Makassar Update: Suicide Bombers are Newlyweds from JAD Terrorist Group

More details start to emerge after the suicide bomb attack against a Catholic Cathedral in Makassar yesterday shocked the nation of Indonesia.

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China Sanctions Champions for International Religious Freedom

03/29/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Two commissioners from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have […]

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Religious Freedoms Crackdowns Intensify in Russia with Fresh Arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses

03/29/2021 Russia (International Christian Concern) – Crackdowns on religious freedom have intensified in Russia in 2021, with the arrest last […]

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The House Which Stays in Our Mobile Pictures

Story translated from the following Armenian source: https://hetq.am/hy/article/127730

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Eleven People Rescued from Boko Haram Captivity 

03/29/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Nigerian Tribune reported that the Nigerian army killed at least 48 Boko Haram Terrorists and […]

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Azeri Vandalism to Armenian Church Incites Plea for Protection

03/29/2021 Nagorno-Karabakh (International Christian Concern) –  Recent satellite and video footage reveals the partial destruction of Shushi’s Armenian Kanach Zham Church. […]

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Another State in India Considers Expanding Anti-Conversion Law

03/29/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to The Indian Express, India’s Gujarat state is likely to become the latest […]

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Violence In Tigray Briefing – March 2021

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Submission to the 39th session of the UN Universal Periodic Review

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Makassar Cathedral Attacked by Suicide Bombers

On March 28, a suspected suicide bomber blew up outside a Catholic church in Makassar, Sulawesi, while the church was having the Palm Sunday Mass. At least 20 people wounded in total, some of them in critical condition.

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Christians in Pakistan Call on Courts to Stop Misuse of Blasphemy Laws

03/28/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Christian human rights activists in […]

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Committee of Christian Property Expropriations Makes Headway

03/28/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  A recently formed Iraqi parliament committee has returned at least 50 houses and other properties […]

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Police Confiscate the Property of a Chongqing House Church

03/27/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – After local authorities raided a house church in China’s Chongqing on March 21 during […]

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Eight Christians Kidnapped in Nigeria

03/27/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Daily Post Nigeria has reported that eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, […]

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North African Laws Leave Christians Vulnerable

03/27/2021 North Africa (International Christian Concern) –  Ten years after the Arab Spring, minorities in North African countries continue to […]

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Nuns Forcefully Removed from Train by Hindu Nationalists in India

03/27/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, two nuns from the Congregation of the Sisters of the […]

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Ethnic Chin in Myanmar Face Uncertain Future Under Military Junta

Protests erupted around the country almost immediately after the Burmese military, or Tatmadaw, overran the capital city of Naypyitaw on February 1 and deposed the democratically-elected government led by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Turkey Continues Delayed, Denied and Partial Justice in Dink Assassination Case

On March 26, 2021, a Turkish court handed down life sentences to two former police chiefs and two ex-security officers because of their role in the 2007 assassination of a Turkish-Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink.

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The Abraham Accords and Religious Freedom in the Middle East’s Gulf Region

03/26/2021 Israel (International Christian Concern) – As more Middle Eastern countries formalize relations with Israel, many human rights advocates claim […]

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Boko Haram Fighters Train Fulani Militants  

03/26/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Military sources have informed Sahara Reporters of a new alliance between Boko Haram and Fulani Militants: “Terrorists […]

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From Death to Life

Evangelism to Muslims is something I am really passionate about, specifically the large group of Muslims that left the religion in light of ISIS.

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Algerian Christian Prison Sentence Upheld

03/26/2021 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  Algerian Christian Hamid Soudad had his five-year prison sentence upheld during his appeal case on […]

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Nun Falsely Accused of Forced Conversions in India Released on Bail

03/26/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, a Catholic nun falsely accused of violating Madhya Pradesh’s anti-conversion […]

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West Sumatra’s Attempt to Adopt Sharia Law Should be Stopped

03/25/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – In a recent online seminar, an Indonesian professor warns that there is a mission […]

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Pakistani Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Claims Christians Enjoy Full Religious Freedom

03/25/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony recently said that Pakistan’s religious minorities […]

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Scholars Call for Vatican to Speak Out on China’s Religious Freedom Abuses

03/23/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A scholar studying China has called for the Vatican to speak up about human […]

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137 People Killed in Niger Massacre

03/25/2021 Niger (International Christian Concern) – Insurgents riding motorcycles raided three villages in Niger’s Tahoua region bordering Mali on Sunday afternoon, killing 137 […]

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Hunted and Haunted by Family

For Mehmed, a Syrian refugee now living in Turkey, the transformation within his family is why he fled home. It’s what hunts and haunts him today, though he now lives miles away from Syria.

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Coptic Girl Harassed and Attacked

03/25/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  On March 13 19-year-old Coptic Marian Rafat was attacked while leaving church in Al Fashn […]

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Mandera Bus Attack Leaves Five Dead and Scores Injured

At least five passengers died and dozens severely injured on Wednesday morning, March 24, after a bus they were traveling in ran over a roadside improvised bomb on Lafey-Mandera road near the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera County.

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House Churches Raided or Shut Down Across China

03/24/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – Last week, several house churches across China were raided or shut down by the […]

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From Life to Death – Sentence

03/24/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Sajjad Masih, a member of the Seventh-Day-Adventist Church in the Punjab Province in Pakistan, sent a controversial text message in 2011 to a Muslim. The trial court fined Masih $2,000 and sentenced him to life in prison in July 2013, despite a feeble prosecution case. 

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Conservatives Push for Resurrection of Canadian Office of Religious Freedoms

03/24/2021 Canada (International Christian Concern) – Calls are being made in Canada for the resurrection of the Office of Religious Freedoms with […]

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Christian Institutions 3rd Largest Palestinian Employer

03/24/2021 Palestine (International Christian Concern) –  Christian institutions are reportedly the third-largest employer of local Palestinians. Just behind the Palestinian National […]

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Leah Sharibu Gives Birth to Her Second Child While in Captivity 

03/24/2021 Nigeria- According to the US-Nigeria Law Group, Leah Sharibu has given birth to her second child while in Boko Haram captivity, […]

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European Union Announces Sanctions on Eritrea

03/23/2021 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – The European Union announced a number of sanctions Monday, including on Eritrea’s National Security […]

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Empowered to Comfort the Persecuted

How far would you walk to share the Gospel? In the Western Church, this isn’t a question we face often, but it is the daily reality for rural pastors overseas.

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Henan Pastor Li Juncai’s Appeal Rejected by Court

03/23/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – On March 17, Xinxiang Intermediate People’s Court in Henan Province rejected Pastor Li Juncai’s […]

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Coordinated Sanctions Target Religious Freedom Violations in China

03/23/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – After months of strong rhetoric on human rights violations in China, the Biden administration […]

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Pakistan’s National Education Policy Discriminates Against Religious Minorities

03/23/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, The Working Group for Inclusive Education (WGIE) and the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) held a meeting on March 20 to discuss solutions for Pakistan’s low education standards and religious discrimination before the launch of the new National Education Policy (NEP).

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Child Sponsorship Highlight: Medical Burdens

03/23/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Eight-year-old Mariam Atef and her family have faced medical issue after medical issue in the past year.

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Iranian Convert Couple Face Prison Summons

03/23/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  An Iranian Christian convert couple faces summons for their prison sentences any day. Homayoun Zhaveh, […]

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Christian School and Churches Attacked in Nigeria 

03/23/2021 Nigeria- The Daily Post has reported that a Christian school was attacked following a controversy over the wearing of hijab in […]

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The Life of Christian Iranian Women

The Islamic Republic of Iran imposes austere laws towards all women. For example, the enforcement of the hijab displeases many women in Iran, as it restricts their freedom to express themselves.

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Catholic Nun Most Recent Victim of Anti-Conversion Law

03/22/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Sister Bagha worked as a respected principal of a small missionary school in Madhya Pradesh, India, until a disgruntled teacher accused her of violating the state’s new Freedom of Religion (FoR) law on February 20, 2021.

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Watchdog Organization Criticizes Afghanistan for Inaction on Protecting Human Rights Defenders

03/22/2021 Kabul (International Christian Concern) – Afghanistan has been criticized recently for not delivering on its pledge to establish a […]

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Christian and Non-Muslim Women in Indonesia Forced to Wear Hijab

03/22/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – According to Human Rights Watch’s latest report, Christian and non-Muslim women in Indonesia are […]

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Ethiopian Migrants Victim of Houthi Rebel Violence

03/22/2021 Yemen (International Christian Concern) –  Houthi rebels launched teargas and other projectiles into an immigrant detention center holding primarily […]

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200 Killed, 40,000 Displaced in DRC Since January 

03/22/2021 DRC– The UNHCR has reported an “alarming increase” in attacks by the terrorist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in the Democratic […]

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Christian Aid Worker Shares Story of Imprisonment 

03/21/2021 Sudan (International Christian Concern)- The Vindicator news agency recently shared the incredible story of Petr Jasek, a Christian aid worker from the […]

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Oral statement during high level ID on CAR

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General Briefing: Tanzania

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General Briefing: Kenya

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Christian Ruins in Egypt Pre-Date Muslim Presence

03/21/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  Archeological digs unearthed the ruins of a Christian monastery dating back to the fifth century […]

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China’s Xiamen Cracks Down on House Churches Through Community Committees

03/21/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – In order to crack down on “illegal religious activities,” China’s Xiamen city is soliciting […]

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Christian Girl at 13 Forcefully Converted and Married in Pakistan

03/20/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On February 19, 2021, 13-year-old Christian Shakaina Masih went missing from her day job as a cleaning lady in Lahore. When her mother, Samina Masih, arrived to take her home, her employer said she already left. Samina could not find her anywhere.

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Gunmen Kidnap Pastor in Niger State, Nigeria

03/20/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Reverend Yohanna Gyang Bitrus of Shiyona Baptist Church was abducted on Thursday afternoon by gunmen demanding 60million […]

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No Justice for Turkish Christian Family 1 Year Later

03/20/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Today marks the one-year anniversary since the body of Simoni Diril, an elderly Christian woman […]

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Muslim Woman Issues Anti-Christian Threats after Malaysia’s “Allah” Ruling

03/20/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – A Muslim woman issued threats of violence against the country’s Christians in a video […]

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“I will serve Him alone.”

03/19/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Ratna Mandi, a 21-year-old woman from Odisha, suffered from a urinary blood disease since she was 18. Two of those years she spent depressed and getting weaker; she was finally unable to work. Her family reached out to dozens of doctors, well-known magicians, spending thousands of dollars to heal her; nothing worked. 

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Episode 58: The Lord Gave Us Favor

Frank and Joan Testa have been following and supporting ICC for over 20 years. Their mission to serve those who are most suffering exemplifies Christ’s love in a way few people’s life story can. Jeff King sits down with his long-time friend to discuss the fruit of his life’s ministries.

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Egypt Defends Human Rights Record After UN Criticism

03/19/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – In response to the release of a UN statement signed by thirty-one countries condemning […]

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Project Update: ICC Serves 84 Pastors in Myanmar During the Pandemic

In Myanmar, most churches could only offer meager salaries to their pastors: on average, between $40 to $50 a month. They often rely on personal donations when they do home visitation or provide special prayer for their members.

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Armenian Catholic Cemetery Desecrated

03/19/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  The historical site of an Armenian and Catholic cemetery is being desecrated in Ulus, Ankara […]

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Christians in Central African Republic Send Bibles to Their Persecutors 

03/19/2021 Central African Republic (International Christian Concern) – Mission Network News recently reported that suffering Christians in the Central African Republic are seeking […]

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US Expanding Efforts to Combat Islamic State in Africa

03/19/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – The United States launched a small program this week to train Mozambican soldiers […]

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Hijab Controversy Sparks Alleged Attack on Christian Protesters 

03/18/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The President of Kwara Baptist Conference, Reverend Victor Dada, has made a statement alleging an attack against […]

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Freedom of Religion Law in India Destroys Inter-Faith Marriage

Since the passing of the Freedom of Religion (FoR) bill on March 1, 2021, in Madhya Pradesh, India, Christian residents began seeing a disturbing rise in bold physical violence and church closures. Right-wing religious nationalists threaten Christians in this area daily.

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ICC Event Highlights Persisting Problems from Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

03/18/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday, International Christian Concern (ICC) hosted an event with the Armenian Assembly of […]

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Saudi Christian Accused in Two Trials, Facing Threats

03/18/2021 Saudi Arabia (International Christian Concern) –  A Muslim Background Believer (MBB) in Saudi Arabia is facing two hearings this month […]

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Guiyang House Church Raided by Police During Small Group

03/18/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – On March 16, when a house church in China’s Guizhou was having its small […]

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Christian Family Expelled from Village in India

03/17/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – A Christian family experienced brutal beatings and expulsion from their home for refusing to participate in religious customs and deity worship to Hindu gods.

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Papal Visit to Iraq Deemed a Success

03/17/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – With the conclusion of the papal visit to Iraq earlier this month came hopes […]

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Children Beheaded in Mozambique as Terrorism Spreads 

03/17/2021 Mozambique  (International Christian Concern) – Save the Children staff report being “sickened to our core” while listening to mothers recall stories of their children, […]

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Dozen of NGOs Urge Indonesia to Pay Attention to West Papua’s Situation

03/17/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On March 15, 12 international non-government organizations (NGOs) have conveyed the conditions that have […]

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Algerian Christians to Face Trial Soon

03/17/2021 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  Three Algerian Christians will have their appeals heard within the next month for their charges. […]

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Members of Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Azerbaijan to Release Armenian POWs

Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Urge United States Government to Lead in Gaining Freedom for an Estimated 200 Armenian POWs

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Christians’ Participation Against Military Coup in Myanmar

As violence and brutal crackdown against the anti-coup protestors are making international news headlines, Christians in other parts of the world might wonder how the Christian minority in Myanmar has been dealing with the recent military coup.

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Islamic Extremist Group Blamed for Latest DRC Attack, At Least 12 Dead 

03/16/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – At least 12 villagers were killed in eastern DRC during an overnight raid on Monday, by suspected […]

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Child Sponsorship Highlight: Mental Health Education

03/16/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – ICC’s Hope House program primarily seeks to provide education to Egypt’s poorest Christians in an effort to break the cycles of generational poverty and persecution.

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Cities Split in Two Following Karabakh Conflict

03/16/2021 Armenia (International Christian Concern) –  At least two Armenian Christian villages are now divided in two following the ceasefire deal […]

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Religious Freedom on the Agenda as Blinken Embarks on First Trip Abroad

03/15/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Landing in Japan this morning, Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicked off the […]

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The Grey Wolves: A Marriage of Ethnic Religious Extremism

The name hides an extremist ideology behind a cloak of vague metaphors. Who exactly are Turkey’s Grey Wolves (Turkish: Bozkurtlar)? There is no easily identifiable leadership structure, yet their activities often appear coordinated. They use a vocabulary commonly associated with racism, yet they are responsible for some of the most egregious religious freedom violations in Turkey’s modern history. Turkish media frequently denies that the Grey Wolves exist, yet many government officials have an irrefutable connection

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Chinese Bishop: Sino-Vatican Deal is a Positive Step toward Diplomatic Relations

03/15/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A Chinese bishop from Hebei believes that the renewal of the Sino-Vatican deal is […]

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VHP Secretary-General Promotes Anti-Conversion Law

03/15/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Secretary-General Milind Parande congratulated the Madhya Pradesh government during a press conference on February 27 for passing the Freedom to Religion Bill, 2021, also known as an anti-conversion law.

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Syrian Civil War Reaches 10 Year Anniversary

03/15/2021 Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Today marks a grim benchmark as Syria’s civil war hits its 10-year anniversary. A full […]

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Disturbing Video Released of Abducted Nigerian Students 

03/15/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A video was released on Saturday showing the 39 students abducted from the College of Forestry […]

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Christian Author Shares His Story of Persecution: “My Life Journey from Darfur, Sudan to Boston, USA”

03/14/2021 Sudan (International Christian Concern) –According to a Globe Newswire press release, Dr. Victor Zaki has released a memoir chronicling his journey […]

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Malaysian Political Parties Urge the Government to Appeal Against ‘Allah’ Decision

03/14/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – Several political parties in Malaysia want the government to appeal the High Court’s March […]

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Iran Considers Social Media National Security Threat

03/14/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  As the Iranian regime seeks to monitor its people, social media has been identified as […]

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Christians in Bangladesh Protest Against Demolition of Church

03/14/2021 Bangladesh (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Christians in Bangladesh are protesting […]

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39 Students Kidnapped in Nigeria

03/13/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Thirty-nine students were abducted on Thursday during an overnight raid at the Federal College […]

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Civilian War Hostage Released, Many Remain in Azerbaijan

03/13/2021 Armenia (International Christian Concern) –  After four long months, Lebanese-Armenian Maral Najarian finally returned home to Beruit following her captivity […]

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ERCC Christian Repeatedly Summoned to Police Station for Refusing to Move

03/13/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A Christian man who is a member of the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant […]

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Radicals Use Temple Town Rule to Close Church in India

03/13/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Last month, a house church in India’s Telangana state was shut down after radical […]

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ICC Partners with Armenian Assembly of America to Host Event on Nagorno-Karabakh

International Christian Concern (ICC) will be hosting a virtual event on Wednesday, March 17th at 10am EST entitled, Anatomy of Genocide: Karabakh’s Forty-Four Day War. The event will be hosted with the Armenian Assembly of America, covering the aggressions of Azerbaijan and Turkey last Fall in Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh) against Armenia. Robert Avetisyan, the Permanent Representative of Artsakh to the United States, will deliver remarks, joined by representatives from ICC and the Armenian Assembly.

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Long at Odds with the Burmese Military, Ethnic Kachin Brace for the Future

This article is part of a series analyzing the unique challenges facing Myanmar’s Christian population after the coup on February 1, 2021. Click here for more background on the situation and here for a preview of the series.

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Proposed Egypt Amendment Signals Decline for Women’s Rights

03/12/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  A proposed amendment to Egypt’s Personal Status Law has sparked an outcry among human rights […]

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“Chibok Girls” Sang Hymns to Their Captors

“They sang hymns in front of their guards, quietly at first, then more boldly. Most of the kidnapped students were […]

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U.S. Signs UN Joint Statement Condemning Egyptian Human Rights Abuses

03/12/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – For the first time since 2014, the U.S. signed on to the UN […]

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Christian Family in Pakistan Attacked for Unblocking a Sewer Drain

03/12/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Last month, a Christian family in Pakistan was brutally attacked by a mob of […]

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HRC46: Oral statement during General Debate under Agenda Item 4

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Deradicalization Program in Indonesia Not Very Effective in Curbing Extremism

03/11/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Although Indonesia has set up a deradicalization program to address the growing radicalism among […]

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Mob Attacks Christian Worship Service in India with Axes, Stones, and Clubs

03/11/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – On March 8, a Christian worship service in Central India was brutally attacked by […]

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Algerian Christians Receive Prison Sentences In Absentia

03/11/2021 Algeria (International Christian Concern) –  Two Christians received two-year prison sentences and heavy fines for “proselytizing” in response to incidents […]

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Suspected Fulani Jihadists Kill Father of Four

03/11/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A father of four was hacked to death with machetes in Plateau state on […]

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HRC46: Oral statement during ID with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

CSW fully shares the Rapporteurs concerns regarding the coup in Myanmar and the arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of hundreds of political prisoners. Continue Reading

HRC46: Oral statement during ID with COI on Syria

We urge the Syrian government to allow Yazidis equal rights and access to a judiciary system compatible with their religious belief with regard to civil and personal matters. Continue Reading

New Book Details Anti-Christian Hostility in India

03/10/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – Chad Bauman, a professor at Butler University, has authored a book highlighting anti-Christian violence […]

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30 Nigerian Soldiers Killed by Islamic Terrorists

03/10/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to Sahara Reporters, The Boko Haram splinter group Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) […]

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More Progress Needed for Religious Freedom Under Sudan’s Transitional Government

03/10/2021 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Sudan’s transitional constitution, adopted in 2019 after the coup that deposed strongman leader Omar […]

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Malaysian High Court Rules Non-Muslims Can Refer to God as “Allah”

03/10/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – On Wednesday, the Malaysian High Court ruled that non-Muslims can use the word “Allah” […]

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State Department Blacklists Iranian Interrogators for Human Rights Violations

03/10/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday, the U.S. State Department blacklisted two members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard […]

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Turkey Fails to Adequately Address Legal Cases

03/10/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Two of Turkey’s highest-profile legal cases continue to face extended delays. Three European Court of […]

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State Government in Central India Approves New Anti-Conversion Law

03/10/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, March 8, the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh passed the Madhya Pradesh […]

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1 February Coup Briefing

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After Hundreds of Schoolgirls are Released from Captivity, Leah Sharibu’s Parents Urge President Buhari to Keep His Promise

“Now that you are able to find [solutions] to rescue those in captivity, we believe that you should be able […]

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