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NORTH KOREA: Kenneth Bae Released, Home on US Soil

Kenneth Bae, one of two prisoners released from a North Korean prison on Saturday, has arrived on US soil. Bae and the other prisoner, Matthew Miller, were greeted by hugs from family when they landed in California at 9pm on Sunday 9 November. Bae is

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INDIA: Tensions Erupt in Bastar District

Tensions are erupting in Chhattisgarh’s southern Bastar district as violent persecution with impunity becomes prevalent. At least 50 villages have banned all non-Hindu religious practice. In many places Christians are being denied food rations and access to water. Churches are being attacked and Christians assaulted

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PAKISTAN: Christian Couple Burned Alive

A Christian husband and wife were beaten and then burned to death by a mob of angry Muslims at a brick kiln in Kasur, Pakistan, where they had both been employed. Incited by Islamic clerics who claimed the couple had committed blasphemy against Islam by

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CUBA: Christian Couple Harassed by Government Officials

A Christian couple was recently threatened with criminal charges if they refused to stop their work in advocating for religious freedom. On 8 October, Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a pastor and religious freedom activist, was summoned to the State Security Unit in Camajuani, Villa Clara.

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Understanding Persecution Firsthand

The first blow that struck Hue’s head was so painful she almost fainted. Further brutal blows sent a clear message: these thugs meant business. They unleashed a terrifying attack on the young female Bible college students until they feared for their lives. Hue wept only

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Police in Christian’s Homes

A new wave of persecution is rampant through northern parts of Vietnam today. “Renounce your faith and put your idols back up in your house,” the government official commanded the young Christian family. Like many Hmong, Binh and her husband Uriah are simple rice farmers

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Courier by Night

The mood in the vehicle is one of mixed emotions as we sit quietly, waiting for the lights to change so we can begin our journey. I can feel the tension and the anxiety of the driver and his partner. It is over 15 years

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INDIA: Attacks on Christians Skyrocket under BJP Government

After the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) took power following India’s general elections in May, attacks on Christians and other religious minorities by Hindu radical groups has skyrocketed. In Uttar Pradesh alone, 600 instances of communal violence were recorded in the first 100

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PAKISTAN: Christian Girl Forcefully Married to Muslim

Nineteen-year-old Maria Bibi is fighting a court battle after her Islamic classmate, Mohammad Zohaib, forcibly converted her to Islam and married her. “I am not married with Mohammad Zohaib, he is telling a lie in court, he tried to convert me forcefully to Islam and

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IRAN: Five Believers Detained Without Charge

Iranian Christian converts continue to face government persecution, including charges that can carry the death penalty. Five Christians – Mohammad Taslimi, Hamidreza Borhani, Zainab Akbari (Borhani’s wife), Moluk Ruhani and Sepideh Morshedi – were arrested on 2 September and are being held without charge. Authorities

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IRAN: Three Christians Face Six-Year Sentences in Remote Prisons

Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad, and Deacon Silas Rabbani, who previously had capital charges against them dropped, have been each given six-year sentences by an Iranian court. The verdict, issued by Judge Asef al-Hosseini, ordered Pastor Irani to serve his sentence in a prison in

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LAOS: Hmong Converts Forced to Leave their Homes

Two Hmong Christian men, ‘Tou Ly’ and ‘Fai Cho,’ were recently forced by relatives to leave their homes after refusing to renounce Christ and return to the community’s tradition of ancestor worship. The two believers were then arrested by local authorities and detained for two

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PAKISTAN: Court Upholds Blasphemy Death Penalty for Asia Bibi

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has lost her appeal against a death sentence for blasphemy. The campaign to free the first Christian woman to face execution under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws will now be taken to the Supreme Court. The Lahore High Court rejected her appeal

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Meet Esther, Bible College Student

Esther is a Bible college student in the Philippines. Hi, I’m Esther and I’m 16 years old. One day when it was night time and we were having our dinner, we received a text from one of our church members, who is also a policeman.

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KAZAKHSTAN: Christians Jailed for Refusing to Pay Fines

Increasing numbers of Christians in Kazakhstan are being given short-term prison sentences for refusing to pay fines linked to their religious activity. A Baptist named Nikolai Novikov became the fourteenth individual known to have been jailed this year for refusing to pay such a fine.

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IRAN: Three Christian Converts Arrested

Three converts to Christianity were recently arrested by authorities in Isfahan and immediately transferred to prison. Shahram Ghaedi, Heshmat Shafiei and Emad Haghi were seized on 27 September, while security officials also raided the home of Shahram and confiscated his books and computer. Shahram, 32,

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EGYPT: Pray for Kidnap Victim Eman Saroufim

Eman Morco Saroufim, a 39-year-old Christian mother of five children, was kidnapped from her village in Menia, Egypt, on 3 September by an armed Muslim man. Officials initially denied that Eman had been kidnapped, reporting that she had willingly left her family and converted to

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NIGERIA: Christian villages attacked

Fulani militants attacked Christian villages in the Riyom local government area of Plateau state on Friday 3 October. Ministry partners of Release International, sister mission of Voice of the Martyrs Australia, reports that 12 villagers and a soldier were killed. At the same time, the

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LAOS: Christians Arrested for Religious Gathering

The chief of Boukham village, along with the village security officials and village police, arrested Pastor Sompong Supatto and six other Christian believers for exercising religious freedom in gathering for worship at Pastor Supatto’s house on Sunday 28 September. Prison conditions in Laos are appalling

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SUDAN: Pray for Meriam Ibrahim’s Lawyers

Five lawyers who defended Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan, have been accused of tarnishing “the image of Sudan by allowing human rights organisations to put pressure on the government.” On 15 September they were prohibited from

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