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Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness
A terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 people dead has been characterized as a call to action for believers in America. Read More
Blasphemy spotlighted as Christian jailed in IndonesiaJAKARTA, Indonesia (BP) -- The blasphemy conviction of Jakarta's ousted Christian governor has rallied international support for the leader and pleas for Indonesia to repeal its laws against blasphemy, a punishable crime in more than 50 countries.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), European Union representatives, Amnesty International, International Christian Concern (ICC), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and representatives of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are among those advocating on behalf of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok." Read More
2 jailed Christians pardoned amid Sudan persecutionKHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) -- A pastor and another Christian unjustly imprisoned in Sudan are free after presidential pardons, but their release came just days after the government destroyed the last Christian place to worship in Soba al Aradi, a suburb of the capital Khartoum.The May 11 release of Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) pastor Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor of Omdurman and Christian activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur ended 10-year prison sentences the two had been serving since December, 2015. The men were wrongly accused of espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, Morning Star News reported. Read More
Christian persecution focus of global summit
Hundreds of church leaders from around the world gathered in solidarity at an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C., to speak up in defense of persecuted Christians. Read More
Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in ChinaCHINA (BP) -- Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for public worship, buying and selling devotionals and group Bible study.
In late April, a court in Xinjiang convicted five Protestants who attended a Bible study in 2016, charging them with "gathering a crowd to disrupt social order," Asia News reported. The verdict came with five-year prison sentences for two pastors, and four- and three-year sentences for three others. They plan to appeal. Read More
Cuban student arrested after trip to WashingtonSANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), are advocating for the student, 20-year-old Felix Yuniel Llerena López, who was arrested April 27 upon his return from a trip to Washington. Read More
Religious freedom dying in Russia, missionary says
Russia's nationwide outlaw of Jehovah's Witnesses will likely ricochet and strike other religions outside of Russian Orthodoxy there, said a Baptist missionary forced to shut down his church in central Russia. Read More
Suffering, persecution & Christian preparednessSuffering is normal throughout the world, Zane Pratt writes. For Christians in Islamic, Hindu and communist parts of the world, persecution also looms, though people in the West haven't yet faced its severity, he notes in setting forth keys for preparedness. Read More
Chibok parents praying, 'groaning' 3 years laterCHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Parents of the nearly 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls continue to pray with hope three years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped the girls from a government boarding school in Chibok.
Of the 276 girls kidnapped in an overnight raid in the mostly Christian town, an estimated 195 remain missing after the April 14, 2014 attack on the Government Girls Secondary School. Some of the missing are feared dead; others have been forced to birth children of Boko Haram fighters believed hiding deep in the Sambisa Forest in Borno. Read More
Restrictions, hostilities increase for people of faithWASHINGTON (BP) -- The world's religious adherents experienced greater government restraints and social animosities after two years of declines, according to a newly released study.
The Pew Research Center reported Tuesday (April 11) the percentage of countries with "high" or "very high" levels of anti-religious policies or acts increased in 2015. The share of countries with such levels of government restrictions -- including laws, policies and actions -- edged up from 24 percent in 2014 to 25 percent in 2015. The percentage of countries with such degrees of religious hostility -- performed by individuals, organizations or societal groups -- jumped from 23 to 27 percent. Read More