NEPAL: Pastor Receives Death Threats After Testimony Video Goes Viral
  • 19 September 2019

A pastor in Nepal has received numerous death threats after a video of him sharing his Christian testimony and his experience as a former Hindu went viral. The wide abuse against the pastor and his family is a tell-tale sign of rising religious intolerance against Christians in Nepal. In March 2019, Pastor Sukdev Giri, of […]

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UGANDA: Mother of Seven Left Homeless
  • 19 September 2019

The 8-year-old boy didn’t realise that telling his Muslim relatives how much he enjoyed a church choir would cause them to attack his family. The seventh and youngest child of 54-year-old widow Lezia Nakayiza of Kasenge village, Wakiso District, didn’t know that his family was keeping their faith secret. “I could not share my faith […]

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RUSSIA: Place of Worship Shut Down
  • 19 September 2019

Legislation governing religious communities in Russia is complex, contradictory, and often inconsistently applied. In one recent case, a church community was barred from using its place of worship, even though it has done so for two decades. The Verkhnebakansky Baptist Church in Novorossiysk has been worshipping in a two-story building in a residential area for […]

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PAKISTAN: Tortured to Death by Police
  • 19 September 2019

While investigating an alleged theft, police detained 28-year-old Amir Masih. Four days later, he died in hospital from wounds inflicted by police officers. On 28 August Amir Masih was taken into custody after accusations of theft were made against him by his employer. Two days later, after not returning home, his family discovered that he […]

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CHINA: The Bible According to Confucius
  • 12 September 2019

Three-Self church clergy are being forced to interpret the Bible through the prism of traditional Chinese culture as part of CCP’s campaign to make religions “more Chinese”. On 18 July, the Religious Affairs Bureau of Yuzhou city in the central province of Henan distributed to all local Three-Self preachers, a copy of the book entitled […]

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INDIA: Hindu Radicals Demand Death for Organisers of Christian Film Screening
  • 12 September 2019

Around 100 Christians were attacked by Hindu radicals on 23 August for watching the Christian film He Will Come Again in the home of a Christian woman in Jamalpur village, located in India’s Bihar state. The screening of the Christian film incited Hindu radicals to not only attack the local Christians, but also demand the […]

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CHINA: Wang Yi Unable to Meet with Lawyer as Investigation Ends
  • 12 September 2019

Court agents informed the lawyer for imprisoned pastor, Wang Yi that the government’s investigation into the pastor has concluded – even though the pastor’s lawyers have not met with him since his arrest. Pastor Wang’s lead lawyer, Zhang Peihong, said he applied to visit his client on 17 July, but the receptionist at the Chengdu […]

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TAJIKISTAN: Bakhrom’s Family Anticipates his Release Next Year
  • 12 September 2019

Bakhrom’s Kholmatov’s family say they are looking forward to Bakhrom’s expected release in April of 2020. According to Bakhrom’s wife Gulnora, the first two years were a struggle, but now that his release date is less than a year away, she feels like she is nearing the end of a difficult season. Gulnora began to […]

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NIGERIA: Government Official Claims Leah Sharibu is Alive
  • 05 September 2019

A Nigerian government official has claimed that Leah Sharibu, a Christian teen kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2018, is still alive. This comes more than a month after a Christian aid worker, also kidnapped by Boko Haram, indicated that Sharibu had been killed by her Boko Haram captors. “Contrary to false reports, she [Leah] is […]

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INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building
  • 05 September 2019

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbours protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighbourhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we […]

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CAMEROON: Bible Translator Butchered to Death, Wife Maimed
  • 05 September 2019

A Bible translator in Cameroon has been killed in a brutal machete attack. Angus Abraham Fung was among seven people who were murdered when Islamic Fulani herdsmen stormed the Northern Province town of Wum. Efi Tembon, who leads a ministry in the region called, “Oasis Network for Community Transformation,” said that the assault was sudden […]

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PAKISTAN: Series of Sexual Assaults
  • 05 September 2019

Five young Christian girls have been sexually assaulted in different parts of the province of Punjab in just the last two months. Christian women and girls are among Pakistan’s most vulnerable members of society. In many cases, they are considered soft targets for abuse and assault because they are a double minority. To the assailants, […]

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