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IRAN: Further Arrests of Christian Converts

Iranian Christians request prayer for two converts who were recently arrested and detained. On 23 January, Sina Moloudian, was arrested in Esfahan and then on 25 January Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was arrested in Shiraz. Iranian intelligence agents arrived at the house of Sina Moloudian (26) without

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VIETNAM: Christians Repeatedly Beaten and Arrested

For many years, Christians living in the highlands of Vietnam have faced persecution and harassment from both government agents and fellow citizens. In this communist country, where Christianity is considered a threat to the regime, Hmong Christians face frequent discrimination ─ to the point of

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CHINA: House Church Members Charged

More than 100 members were arrested during a crackdown on Sichuan’s Autumn Rain Covenant Church in China on 9 December, several detained leaders have since been criminally charged. Both Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong have been detained for allegedly inciting subversion of

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UZBEKISTAN: Meeting Raided, Believers Threatened

Police in Pap in Uzbekistan’s eastern Namangan Region on 19 November raided a group of Protestants meeting in a home for a meal and to read the Bible. Police searched the flat illegally without a search warrant and confiscated legally-bought literature including Bibles. Officers arrested

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MYANMAR: Forced to join the Army, Forced to Deny their Faith

Churches, priests and Christian missionaries working in Wa, a mountainous region in the eastern state of Shan, are victims of the repression of Myanmar’s largest rebel army, the United Wa State Army (UWSA). It is the armed wing of the United Wa State Party (UWSP),

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SUDAN: Apostasy in Darfur

On the afternoon of Wednesday 10 October officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested 13 Christians who had gathered for fellowship in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State. Ten of the believers were from Darfur and three from South Kordofan; they

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Church Closures and Arrests Continue In Wa Region, Myanmar

Christians in the Wa Special Region of Myanmar have long endured persecution but the situation has worsened with church leaders and students recently arrested and over 50 churches closed. The WA region is one of the most “secretive places on earth” according to the BBC.

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CENTRAL ASIA: Clampdown on Christianity

Throughout Central Asia, Christians are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground. A recent survey revealed that 263 people had been punished in Kazakhstan during 2017 for hosting religious meetings, offering religious literature, or other religious crimes. Most of those prosecuted

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MYANMAR: Crackdown on Christians in Ethnic Wa Region

As many as 92 pastors, evangelists and church members in the ethnic Wa region of Myanmar’s Shan state were arrested recently, while others are missing. The United Wa State Army (UWSA), the military arm of the de facto ruling party in the region, is systematically

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INDIA: Pastors Arrested and Accused of “Conversion Racket”

Two pastors have been detained since 22 July, when they were arrested on accusations of running a 13-year ‘conversion racket’. The men were teaching a discipleship lesson to 18 believers when members of the Hindutva youth movement interrupted their class and accused them of converting

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IRAN: Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested in Violent Raid

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been detained following a violent raid on his home in Rasht by the police on the morning of 22 July. Police smashed the front door of the pastor’s home, punched the pastor and his teenaged son Daniel, and used electrical batons

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EGYPT: Coptic Community Attacked Following Facebook Post

Several houses belonging to Coptic Christians in Minbal village in the Mattay region of Minya governorate in Upper Egypt, were attacked by a mob on 9 July, following the publication of a Facebook post which was deemed to be offensive to Islam. The mob threw

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CHINA: Christian Couple Detained for Sharing their Faith

Pastor Liang Ziliang and several other church members in Heshan, Guangdong, were distributing Christian brochures and carrying anti-abortion banners in a local park when police began to photograph them. That night, Liang and his wife, Li Yinxiu, were called to the police station and detained

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Abraham Ben Moses

On 7 May, the Tangerang District Court in Indonesia sentenced Reverend Abraham Ben Moses to four years in prison and issued him a 50 million Rupiah fine (4,750 AUD) for religious defamation. If he cannot afford to pay the fine, “it can be replaced with

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LAOS: Four Believers Arrested for Leading Others to Jesus

Four Christians were arrested recently after 16 villagers came to know Christ as a result of their teaching. The Christians were from a community that VOM helped two years ago when they were evicted from their village for refusing to give up their faith. They

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INDONESIA: Evangelist Arrested on False Charges

Well-known Christian apologist and former Muslim Abraham Ben Moses was arrested on the evening of 5 December 2017, after authorities learned of a video in which he questions Muhammad’s teachings and shares the Gospel with a Muslim taxi driver. The 53-year-old evangelist, from Tangerang, Java,

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PAKISTAN: Christian Teenager Arrested

A 17-year-old Christian boy has been arrested for sharing blasphemous content on Facebook. The alleged incident, led to a violent mob which drove Masih’s family and other Christians from their village. Patras Masih, an illiterate cleaner from Tair village in Lahore is said to have

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VIETNAM: New Religion Law Fuels Christians’ Fears

Vietnam’s Law on Belief and Religion, which came into force on 1 January has alarmed Christians. It insists religious groups must be registered and approved by the government. They also believe that the law’s vague wording could be exploited to limit church activities. Despite some

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