12.18.2021

CIC Persecution News Headlines

 
 News of persecution, human rights violations, and other articles of interest.


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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending December 18, 2021

 

China: Visitation rejected for wife and lawyer of imprisoned Christian

Yesterday, Guo Juan, wife of Zhang Chenghao, revealed that she went to the Xiaoyi Detention Center with Zhang Chenghao’s lawyer and applied to meet with her husband per the law. However, the detention center rejected their request.

Chinese dissident poet Wang Zang's trial statement

Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate Court in Yunnan Province heard Chinese dissident poet Wang Zang (Wang Yuwen) and his wife Wang Liqin’s case of “inciting subversion of state power” on December 15.

Request for Prayer for Iranian Christians and Cuban Pastor Lorenzo

Last month, we learnt that the Supreme Court in Tehran has decided to review the prison sentences of nine Iranian Christian converts, including Pastor Matthias Haghnejad.

USCIRF Welcomes Confirmation of a New Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

USCIRF Looks Forward to Working with Ambassador Hussain

KYRGYZSTAN: New restrictions in draft new Religion Law

The draft Religion Law prepared by the State Commission for Religious Affairs would – if adopted in current form – continue to ban worship
meetings and religious education without state permission; make registering small religious communities more difficult or impossible; and might make it
impossible to register communities that do not own their own buildings.

China: Landlord fined for housing Early Rain couple

On December 9, Jinyuan police fined the landlord housing Early Rain Covenant Church couple Shen Bing and Li Xiaofeng.

Myanmar military kills AMG church member, 10 others

Soldiers in Northwest Myanmar captured several civilians before shooting 11 and burning them to death.

Christian Communities Attacked in Nigeria, Mother and Four Children Kidnapped

According to Morning Star News, Fulani militants attacked several Christian villages on Saturday, December 11th, during which they wounded a pregnant woman, kidnapped a mother and her four children, and set several Christian homes on fire.

Radicals in Southern India Burn Boxes of Christian Literature

On Saturday, December 11, a group of Christians in India’s Karnataka state were attacked by radical Hindu nationalists as they were visiting the homes of other Christians as part of a regular Christmas program.

Myanmar Junta Loots Destroyed Churches, Plants Landmines

After shelling several churches in Myanmar’s Christian-majority Chin state, the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) looted these churches and planted landmines to deter people from returning.

China: House Church in Nanjing Raided During Service

A house church in Nanjing, Jiangsu province founded by a Singaporean pastor was raided and Sunday service interrupted by the police.

Nigeria: A Christmas of joy, hope, fear and lamentation

On Friday 3 December Muslim Fulani 'bandits' operating in southern Kaduna released the remaining 61 of 66 Christians abducted during a worship service on Sunday 31 October at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA, on the outskirts of Kaduna City. Released alongside the 61 church members were nine other hostages.

USCIRF News Digest - December 14, 2021

INDIA | School Attacked by Mob
A mob of over 300 people belonging to Hindu nationalist groups attacked St. Joseph's School, Ganj Basoda, in Madhya Pradesh State, India on Dec. 6.

NIGERIA | Death of Abducted Church Leader Confirmed

The death of a church leader who had been abducted from his farm in central Kaduna state was confirmed. Rev. Dauda Bature, senior pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Church Hayin Nariya in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA), was abducted Nov. 8 from his farm in Ungwan Kanti.

CUBA | Government Sows Confusion with Pastor Trial Dates

The Cuban government informed the family of Protestant pastor, Rev. Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo, that his trial will take place on Dec. 21, 22 or 23. No details about the location of the trial were given to the family or to his lawyer.

Refugees trapped on Belarus border

Thousands of refugees remain trapped between Belarus and other European countries. Lithuania recently extended a state of emergency over the situation.

Algerian believer loses everything but gains Christ

Algeria boasts a rich Christian history; as described here, “The early church father Augustine of Hippo is thought to have been a Berber from Algeria.”

Christians in Karnataka, India, Protest Against Proposed Anti-Conversion Law

Christians in Karnataka, India, have staged a protest against the state government’s intention to introduce an anti-conversion law in the legislature session beginning on December 13.

USCIRF News Digest - December 7, 2021

BURMA | Ousted Leader Sentenced to Prison

Myanmar/Burma’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to two years in prison on Dec. 6 in the first of a series of verdicts on a total of 11 charges which could result in her being imprisoned for life.

Extremists pursue Afghan activists

In Afghanistan, activists live in constant danger, especially women. Some have been killed after being lured by messages on social media promising to help them escape the country.

USCIRF Welcomes Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today applauded President Joseph R. Biden for implementing a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics given the Chinese government’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.

Afghans turn to Heart4Iran for help, hope

A new report from Human Rights Watch reveals a campaign of targeted executions in Afghanistan.

China: Minister An Yankui denied visitors

Yesterday morning, Yao Congya, the wife of Zion Reformed Church minister An Yankui, went to Fenyang Public Security Bureau, requesting to visit her husband with his lawyer.

Heavy Fine Upheld on Appeal by Christian in Algeria

Six-month prison sentence for 'unauthorized donations' suspended.

China: Another Qingcaodi member criminally detained

Yesterday, Deyang authorities criminally detained Early Rain Qingcaodi Church’s co-worker Liu Wuyi. Police also summoned Qingcaodi’s Xiang Dijun and Lin Yan to the police precinct for questioning.

Christian pastor suffers two years in prison without trial

Pastor Hao Zhiwei of Egangqiao Church has been in custody for two years and four months since her arrest in July 2019.

China: Wife of Guo Feixion to her stranded husband: "My life is coming to an end..."

Zhang Qing, the wife of Guo Feixiong, released a public statement begging for her husband to visit in her final days.

Christian Families in Central India Face Social Boycott for Refusing to Recant Faith

On November 22, eight Christian families from Bansgoam village in India’s Chhattisgarh state were summoned to a village gathering where they were told to recant their faith.

China: Xiamen court fines Christian couple over $50,000

On Thanksgiving, Xiamen Xunsiding Church’s pastor Yang Xibo received two “gifts” from the Xiamen municipal government. Siming district government rejected Mr. Yang’s request to cancel his administrative penalty and enforced a fine against Mr. Yang in 2019.

Burmese Army Fires Weapons Targeting Churches in Chin State

As the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) continues to fight opposition in various states in Myanmar, more churches in Christian-majority Chin state fall victims to the armed attacks followed by looting by the Tatmadaw soldiers.

China: Former Three Self Pastor Detained for Two Years Without Trial

A Christian pastor who was once a preacher for a Chinese Three-Self church has been jailed for more than two years without trial.

Attack on Iraqi Christian Home Sparks Insecurity Fear

The home of a Christian shopkeeper was attacked with homemade bombs on November 28. The Christian sold alcohol in his store and has been the subject of threats in the past.

Ethiopia: Battle turned back; Terror unleashed

Prime Minister Abiy has certainly made some errors of judgement during this war with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Inspection of Indian Christians Disproves Forced Conversions Claim

A local government official in Karnataka state, India, tasked with conducting an investigation into alleged forced conversions to Christianity found no evidence to support such allegations.

Radical Hindutva Nationalists in Karnataka, India Threaten to Attack Prayer Meeting Again

Radical Hindutva nationalists who disrupted a prayer meeting at a church in Karnataka state, India on Sunday, November 28, say they will stage another attack if the meeting takes place again.

Pakistan Church Leaders Condemn Priyantha Kumara Killing

Church leaders in Pakistan have condemned the killing in Sialkot, Punjab of a Sri Lankan factory manager who was accused of “blasphemy”.

Freed Head Boy of Bethel Baptist High School Praised for Leadership During Kidnap Ordeal

The head boy of Bethel Baptist High School, freed by kidnappers on health grounds after more than 150 days in captivity in the Nigerian bush, has been praised for his leadership and bravery.

Sixty-One Abducted Christians Released in Kaduna, Nigeria, but Violence Continues

The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) announced the release of 61 Christians abducted from Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state on December 3.

Christian Association of Nigeria Protests as US Removes Country From List of Religious Freedom Violators

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued a statement strongly protesting at the US government’s decision not to list Nigeria as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) on freedom of religion.

Pastor, Wife Arrested on Baseless Charges in Northern India

Hindu extremists pressure police, villagers.

 

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