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CHINA: Declaration of Religious Freedom

Voice of the Martyrs Korea and China Aid have launched a campaign to encourage church leaders to add their names to a declaration of religious freedom written by the Chinese pastor of the Chengdu Early Rain Church, Wang Yi. The document, entitled “A Joint Statement

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MYANMAR: A Pastor Has Been Killed

Pastor Tun Nu was last seen alive on the evening of 19 January, when an armed rebel group forced him to leave his home, telling Nu their leader wanted to question him. Pastor Nu had been a missionary with Gospel for Asia in a troubled

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CHINA: New Hotline for Reporting Religious Activities

A government office in Henan province announced on 28 January that a hotline has been established to report “illegal religious activities”. The announcement from the Wenfeng Street Community Office promised confidentiality and offered cash rewards. The announcement also threatened fines of up to $41,350 AUD

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CUBA: Government Restricts Bible Imports

As the government tightens its control of religious life in Cuba, Christians there expect it to become more difficult to bring Bibles into the country. The need for Bibles continues to increase as more people come to Christ through the faithful witness of the local

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PAKISTAN: Pervaiz Masih Acquitted

A Pakistani lower court acquitted a Christian of blasphemy after a three-year trial – for lack of evidence against him. Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on 19 January, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the

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NORTH KOREA: Defectors Sharing the Gospel

Mrs Han, a North Korean defector, is determined to share her faith with her countrymen. After defecting a few years ago, Mrs Han came to know Christ in South Korea. She then joined a VOM training program for defectors that teaches the basic tenants of

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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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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal Upheld

Pakistan’s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed

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ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

Christians in Algeria request prayer for a congregation in the Kayblie region, which faces ongoing pressure from the authorities. After officials sealed the church building in October, the congregation continued to meet for worship in a tent erected in the church yard. On 28 January,

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KENYA: Christian Family Bribed to Convert then Attacked

A Christian family living just outside Nairobi, Kenya has been facing attack and threats by a local group of Muslims. Hassan has been beaten on multiple occasions, the most recent attack occurred on 19 January. His family has received constant death threats and bribes to

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Asia Bibi Freed. Acquittal Upheld

Voice of the Martyrs, along with our partner Release International welcomes the decision by Pakistan Supreme Court to uphold acquittal of Asia Bibi. Calls for Pakistan to protect Asia and Christian minority, review cases of 200 other Christians behind bars and repeal blasphemy laws. ‘We are

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INDIA: Evangelist Recovering Two Years After Attack

Two years after an attack by radical Hindus left him nearly comatose, Dr Anjaneya Swami is gradually improving. The evangelist was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage in 2017 following the attack and subsequent police interrogation. He had been distributing Gospel tracts near a Hindu temple

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Living Like a Prisoner

Three months after her acquittal of a blasphemy charge, Asia Bibi is still living like a prisoner, hiding from angry mobs in Pakistan who want her dead. A friend of Bibi who wasn’t identified has stated that the Christian mother of five ─ who was

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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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From our CEO: February 2019

In Turkey, both Christian children and new converts from Islam, must learn to deal with the likelihood that they will be persecuted for their faith in Jesus. The unimaginable pressure Christians face as they covertly practise their faith is often taxing on families. Equipping these

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Muslim Convert Framed and Forced to Flee

Amin was a new Christian when he was forced to flee Iran after the company he worked for framed him and demanded he deny his faith. Amin and his wife Ghazal (both Muslim) were living and working in Iran when their life changed dramatically in

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Mahrous’s story

Turks are expected to be Muslim – a conviction that’s fostered by the government in a ploy to consolidate power. Most are proudly Muslim and hold the faith as a core part of their nationalist identity, even if they aren’t devout. There are approximately 7,000

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A Church in Every City

Ninety-nine percent of Turkey’s 80 million citizens are Muslim, while a mere 7,000 are thought to be evangelical Christians. Among that tiny minority is a man named Baris Ozturk, who lost both his family and source of income when he left Islam and dedicated his

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ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges

An Algerian Christian farmer from a Muslim background was acquitted of blasphemy charges on 30 December. This farmer became a Christian in 2013 and his wife’s family discovered his conversion. Because of their threats, the farmer moved his family to another province where he began

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TANZANIA: Maasai Warriors Attack New Christians

About 20 Maasai warriors attacked four young Maasai Christians at a Sunday morning church service recently, whipping the men and beating them with clubs. The young Christians ─ Murri, 16; Lilash, 19; Lekutina, 16; and Sairiamu, 17 ─ had placed their faith in Jesus only

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