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PAKISTAN: Father Expects No Justice for Daughter

The father of a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by her neighbour believes she has little hope of justice because the accused is well-connected politically in the local area. Nasar Masih believes the police will ultimately favour the suspect, whom he believes was able to rape

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner Physically Abused

Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran, has suffered physical abuse at the hands of prison guards when he was forced to attend an appeal hearing. On 21 August 2013 Ebrahim was arrested with two friends during a raid by plain-clothed

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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Threatened by Authorities

Pastor Yang Hua, who has been held for more than six months on charges of “divulging state secrets,” has recently received a series of threats from prison officials. Pastor Yang told his lawyer that prosecutors had threatened his life and those of his wife and

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Revenge is in Mercy

Semse Aydin’s husband, Necati, was one of three Christian men martyred for their faith and ministry in Turkey. The next day, on national TV in Turkey, Semse offered forgiveness to her husband’s killers, along with the widow of one of the other martyrs. Listen as

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists – Boko Haram

tudent In the second of our series on Christians Facing Islamic Extremists, we now focus on Boko Haram, whose name means “western education is evil.” Based in the north of Nigeria, their goal is clear: They want to establish an Islamic nation in the northern

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EGYPT: IS Claims Killing of Coptic Minister in Sinai

A gunman fatally shot a Christian minister on Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on 30 June. The Islamic State, in a message distributed on social media, claimed responsibility for the attack. The Coptic Orthodox minister, the Reverend Rafael Moussa, 46, was standing outside a car repair

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SUDAN: Church Members Convicted of Obstructing Police

Fourteen members and leaders of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church were detained on 7 July for demonstrating against the seizure of the church’s training school. The property had been sold by a “committee” that was appointed by the government but which the church does not

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BANGLADESH: House Churches Facing Persecution

Four house churches led by Pastor ‘Rubel’ in Bangladesh have faced several incidents of persecution in the past year, including the murder of a church member. ‘Lydia’ was killed by a group of Muslim leaders in 2015 for using a Muslim water well. Although they

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