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PAKISTAN: Brick Kiln Workers Beaten and Robbed by Police

On 21 November, seven brick kiln workers were travelling home when they were stopped by three officials for a routine inspection. However, the men say they were treated with suspicion when they gave their Christian names, and were accused of stealing the money they were

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IRAN: Prisoners Released

Suroush Saraie was released from Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz on 11 November. It is now known that fellow prisoners Mehdi Ameruni, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai have also been set free. Officially, they have been granted temporary leave from prison. However, they

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PAKISTAN: Christian Girl May Have Been Kidnapped

A young Christian girl, Agnes Shaukat, daughter of Shaukat Masih of Lahore Cantt, has been missing since 20 November. Her family suspect her employer is involved. According to a rickshaw driver the family hired on a monthly basis to take her to and from a

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YEMEN: Two Christian Converts Killed

Two Christian converts from Islam in Yemen were killed during the past couple of months. It is reported that in September in Taiz in south-west Yemen, a Christian man was ambushed and shot to death by a suspected al-Qaeda member. On 2 October, a Christian

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IRAQ: New Law to Force Children to Become Muslim

A new law in Iraq would require the conversion of children to Islam if their father were to convert or if their mother were to marry a Muslim man or a Muslim-background Christian. The long-term implications for this would be devastating as changing identification documents

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram ‘More Deadly Terror Group’ than IS

Boko Haram was the world’s deadliest terror group in 2014, ahead of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, according to a report released on 18 November by the Institute of Economics and Peace. Boko Haram was responsible for 6,664 deaths in 2014, more than any other terrorist group

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PAKISTAN: Christians Petition Supreme Court

Christians in Pakistan have petitioned the Supreme Court to end discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan’s educational system. Specifically, the petition calls on the court to remove hate speech riddled through textbooks against Pakistan’s religious minorities. So far, provincial governments have failed to remove the

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UGANDA: Young Woman Beaten and Disowned

The father of a young Muslim woman in east Uganda on Thursday 12 November tried to beat her to death after she became a Christian, but community leaders intervened and limited him to disowning her, sources said. Kibida Muyemba learned that his 21-year-old daughter, Namusisi

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ISRAEL: Christian Threatened for Sharing His Faith

After ‘Musa’ told his sister about Jesus, his father threatened to kill him and kicked him out of their home. Musa, who grew up Muslim, came to faith in Christ several years ago without his family’s knowledge. Since then, he has often talked to his

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IRAN: Christians Arrested Near Tehran

Thirteen Christians were arrested in the city of Varamin, south east of Tehran. Zari Shah Khasti (Poorkaveh), Simmin, Bahram, Amin, Leyla, Zahra, Mehdi, Farzaneh, Shayan, Sara, Nazanin, Elnaz and Mohammad Shah Khasti were arrested by agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence following a raid on

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SYRIA: Assyrian Christians Released

Islamic State (IS) has released another 37 Assyrian Christians kidnapped nine months ago. The group, including men and women in their sixties and seventies, were among the 253 Christians snatched in IS attacks on Assyrian villages in north-eastern Syria’s Hassaka province. The newly released hostages

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EGYPT: Coptic Christians Targeted for Kidnappings

Police complacency toward the kidnapping of Coptic Christians in Egypt has fostered a climate of impunity, according to a Christian persecution charity. The phenomenon of kidnapping Coptic Christians for ransom has spread in Minya province, the latest of which occurred last fortnight. A group kidnapped

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UGANDA: Two Christians Killed

Islamists are suspected of the murder of Samson Nfunyeku, whose body was found close to his home in eastern Uganda on 23 September after he had taken part in a church-organised debate with Islamic scholars. The discussion had to be cut short after tempers flared.

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NIGERIA: Christian Chibok Girls Alive

One Christian Chibok girl escaped from Boko Haram about two weeks ago, eventually finding herself in the hands of the joint task force assigned to defeat the terrorist group. While in military custody, she explained to them that most of the girls were forced into

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EGYPT: A New Church and New Attacks for Christians

After Christians in the of Al-Galaa village in Samalout, Minya, Egypt received permission to expand the church serving three villages, fanatic Muslims have increased their attacks on Christians and their property. In early January 2015, church elders in Al-Galaa finally received a positive decision but,

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NIGERIA: Army Frees Women and Child Hostages

Nigeria’s army has rescued at least a dozen kidnapped women and children held captive by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. In a statement, military spokesman Col Sani Kukasheka Usman said the group was rescued as the army cleared Boko Haram camps on Monday 14

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PAKISTAN: Mob Sets House of Christian Family on Fire

The home of a Christian family was reduced to ashes when a mob torched it on 10 September. The radicals reportedly also tried to burn alive the Christian family inside the house. Christian Boota Masih, 38, who lives in Islamabad, says the alleged perpetrators were

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PAKISTAN: Villagers Beaten in Hunt for ‘Blasphemer’

Please pray for our Christian family in Punjab after police detained a believer accused of blasphemy by business rivals and beat local Christians in their search for him. Allegations against Pervaiz Masih, 35, arose one morning in early September after he won a contract to

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TURKEY: Death Threats Target Protestants

Fifteen Turkish Protestant congregations and their leaders have been targeted since 27 August by a strident campaign of death threats sent to their Facebook, email, websites and mobile phones. The threats followed the style and jargon typically used by Islamic State (IS), vowing to kill,

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PAKISTAN: Court Clears Way for Father to Visit Asia Bibi

A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer says. The directive comes two days after Soran Masih filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding

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