INDIA: Government to Introduce Anti-Conversion Bill to Parliament
  • 14 August 2019

The BJP-led government is preparing to introduce a nationwide anti-conversion bill in the next session of parliament. Many religious minorities in India, including Christians, fear the enactment of such a law because of the widespread abuse of similar state-level anti-conversion laws. The government has already started drafting a bill that will prevent any kind of […]

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ALGERIA: Another Officially Mandated Church Closure
  • 14 August 2019

On 6 August, a church in Bouidjima was officially closed by the National Gendarmerie for failing to have a permit. A government mandate, requiring permits for all churches, was issued in 2006. Yet, even though applications have been properly submitted, the requested permits were not issued. One Algerian church leader refers to the officials’ implementation […]

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NIGERIA: Leah Sharibu’s Mother Sends Message to President Buhari
  • 08 August 2019

Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu has pleaded with the federal government to intensify efforts towards her daughter’s release from Boko Haram captivity. Rebecca who made the call last Wednesday in an interview said, “I still plead with the federal government, organisations and individuals to intensify efforts for the release of my daughter, Leah, […]

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MEXICO: Protestants Forcibly Displaced
  • 08 August 2019

Four protestant Christians were forcibly displaced on Sunday 28 July by leaders in the village of Cuamontax Huazalingo in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Community leaders told the victims that the expulsion was the consequence of their failure to sign an agreement that bans Protestants from entering the village. Also because of a press conference […]

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PAKISTAN: Young Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Employer
  • 08 August 2019

Badil, a ten-year-old Christian Pakistani boy, was working at a factory to care for his mother and two brothers, was raped and tortured by his Muslim employers before he finally died on 10 July. His employers, Mohammed Akram and Irfan, were arrested in Sargodha after being charged with his murder on 14 July in Rasheedabad, […]

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CHINA: Exorbitant Fines Imposed on Landlords of Religious Venues
  • 08 August 2019

A new strategy has raised the level of fear among the church in China. Anyone renting to a house church can be punished with a steep fine – up to $45,000. The measure, supported with much publicity, has left many churches homeless. A Christian from an impoverished household in Luanchuan County used to host small […]

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