CIC Persecution News Headlines

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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending November 13, 2021


IRAN | Pastor Summoned to Begin Serving Sentence

An Iranian pastor from the Church of Iran denomination in Karaj, was summoned by the Iranian authorities Nov. 10 to begin serving a five-year prison sentence.

BELARUS: "We, political prisoners, were not allowed to attend clubs, the church .."

Prison officials finally allowed Catholic political prisoner Mikita Yemialyianau a pastoral visit on 3 November.

Coup complications and God’s work continue in Sudan

Sudan remains in a communications blackout 18 days after military leaders took control of the country. More about that here.

Please pray for Pastor Lorenzo in Cuba

On 26 October we were encouraged by how many people took up the call to pray for Pastor Lorenzo on his 50th birthday.

Hindu nationalists threaten India Christians

On November 2, a group of Hindu Nationalists stormed a Christian gathering, beating two pastors and burning Bibles.

Muslim Extremists Suspected in Killing of Church Elder in Uganda

Police arrest two suspects, looking for others.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Malaysia

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report on religious freedom conditions in Malaysia:

Afghan Christians are hiding but not silent

Hunger and violence keep Afghanistan in the headlines.

Kaduna State’s El-Rufai Clamps Down on Preaching

Reviving an antiquated rule from Nigeria’s years under military dictatorship, Nigeria’s Governor Nasir El-Rufai has reintroduced the Religious Preaching Edict of 1984.

Radicals Beat and Threaten to Kill Pastors in Central India

On November 2, two pastors were ruthlessly beaten by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in India’s Chhattisgarh state.

Presbyterian Church in Xuzhou Raided During Service

A Presbyterian Church in China’s Xuzhou was raided on October 31 during Sunday worship.

Jihadists Kill 10 in Burkina Faso

Gunmen suspected to be jihadists killed 10 civilians in northern Burkina Faso on Monday and kidnapped an additional four, according to military officials.

Nigeria: Christian Crisis in Kaduna

On Sunday 31 October the Vice-President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (19 Northern States and Abuja) and CAN's chairman in Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, issued a statement regarding the four remaining captives from Kaduna's Bethel Baptist High School.

NIGERIA | Burned Du Merci Child Not Receiving Adequate Care

CSW is concerned by reports that a child seized during police raids on the Du Merci Center orphanages in Kano and Kaduna states in December 2019, and who was subsequently burned in a fire at a government-run orphanage in Kano State, has not received adequate treatment since leaving hospital.

USCIRF Releases New Report on Egypt’s Religious Freedom Improvements and Challenges

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report:
USCIRF News Digest - November 9, 2021

One Armenian Christian Killed, Three Wounded, by Azeri Gunfire

Turkish-Backed Azerbaijan Targets Armenian Civilians Near Captured Shushi

Early Rain believers share gospel with intruding national security officers

Deacon Xu Jiale and his wife Qin Ningping of Early Rain Covenant Church started to share the gospel with the national security officers of Chengdu Qingyang District who stay at their home.

Nine Pakistani Christians Injured in Shooting as Muslims Attempt to Seize Land

At least nine people were wounded, three critically, after a group of Muslims opened fire on Pakistani Christians in an attempt to force them to give up land in Punjab handed down through generations of believers.

Christians Locked in Prayer Room by Hindutva Extremists in Karnataka, India

Radical Hindutva extremists in Karnataka state, India forcibly detained Christians in a prayer hall, accusing the pastor of carrying out forced conversions.

Bible App Removed From Apple's App Store in China

A Christian software company has been forced to remove its Bible app from the Apple App Store in China after failing to gain the necessary authorisation from the Chinese government.

Egypt Cabinet Committee Registers 63 More Churches

Another 63 churches and church-affiliated buildings were licensed on Sunday 7 November by the Egyptian Cabinet committee overseeing the process.

Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill to Be Heard by UK House of Commons

A bill to recognise the Ottoman-era Armenian Genocide is scheduled to be heard by the UK House of Commons on 9 November.

Christians Questioned in Criminal Investigation of Church in Vietnam

Attorney says intent must be shown for violation of law.

USCIRF Releases New Report about Entities of Particular Concern and Religious Freedom

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report on the international standards that impose obligations on Entities of Particular Concern (EPCs) to respect the freedom of religion or belief (FoRB):

Radical Hindu Nationalists Brutally Attack Christian Community in India

Radicals Use Extreme Violence to Make Village “Christian-Free”

Rebel groups threaten Ethiopian capital

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency, calling on citizens to protect the capital, Addis Ababa, from advancing rebel groups.




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