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  • Blasphemy spotlighted as Christian jailed in Indonesia

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    JAKARTA, 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 persecution

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (14 days ago)

    Photo from Christian Solidarity Worldwide
    KHARTOUM, 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.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide
    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

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (17 days ago)

    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 China

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    CHINA (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 Washington

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (24 days ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    SANTA 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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (one month ago)

    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 preparedness

    by Zane Pratt, posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (one month ago)

    Image from "The Insanity of God" film
    Suffering 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 later

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    CHIBOK, 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 faith

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (one month ago)

    Pew Research graphic
    WASHINGTON (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