INDIA: Grandmother Murdered for ‘Disturbing the Peace’
  • 14 December 2016

An Indian grandmother was stripped naked, beaten to death and her body burned, apparently because her Christian faith was “disturbing the peace” in her village. The incident, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, followed other serious attacks on vulnerable Christians in the state this year, including the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. […]

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EGYPT: Church Bombing Kills At Least 25
  • 14 December 2016

On 11 December, an explosion in the main hall of St Mark’s Cathedral, the largest Coptic church in Cairo, killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50. The blast took place during Sunday morning mass in the chapel adjoining the main hall of the cathedral. Many among the injured and dead are Christian women […]

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PAKISTAN: Five Men Sentenced for Killing Christian Couple
  • 01 December 2016

Five men have been sentenced to death for their part in the mob killing of a Christian couple. Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi had been falsely accused of desecrating a copy of the Koran and breaking Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws. More than 400 people took part in the lynching, which took place in the town of […]

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IRAN: Christians Facing Persecution in Refugee Camps
  • 10 November 2016

Religiously motivated violence among immigrants at a refugee centre in the central German town of Rotenburg an der Fulda has left life for some Christians “still unbearable” despite praiseworthy responses to incidents. A case study, which Open Doors has released as an example for other refugee centres to follow, notes that “much action is needed” […]

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: ISIS
  • 17 October 2016

Region: Iraq, Syria “Convert, pay a tax, leave or die.” The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) became infamous when it invaded the city of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. Mosul, which is the ancient biblical city of Nineveh, has been home to Christians for almost 2,000 years. Members of ISIS went door to door identifying homes […]

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