NIGERIA: Release of Captured Students and Staff
  • 14 November 2019

The six students and two staff members of a Christian-run school in Kaduna state who were kidnapped on 3 October were released on 26 October. Police claimed responsibility for the rescue, stating that they had “intercepted” the students and staff, and rescued them unhurt. Parents of the students, however, insist that the police did not […]

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IRAN: Ebrahim Firouzi Released from Prison
  • 31 October 2019

Ebrahim Firouzi was released from Rajaei Shahr prison on 26 October. He will now serve two years’ internal exile in the city of Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan. The prison warden wanted to send Ebrahim directly to exile, but he was allowed temporary release to sort out personal affairs, including retrieving personal documents still […]

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CHINA: Sichuan Church Elder Released on Bail
  • 21 August 2019

Elder Li Yingqiang from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Sichuan was released on bail and sent back to his hometown in Hubei province. Li has lost some weight but is overall healthy and remains in high spirits. Together with elder Qin Derfu, Li was accused of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” and “running […]

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INDIA: Released After Ten Years!
  • 13 June 2019

When the popular Hindu swami (religious leader), Lakshmanananda Saraswati, was killed in August 2008, Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite this claim, Hindu militants turned their anger towards the Christians of Odisha state (then known as Orissa). Riots exploded, particularly in the Kandhamal district. Hundreds of Christians were massacred, thousands were forced to […]

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Pastor Abraham Ben Moses Released from Prison
  • 16 May 2019

Pastor Abraham Ben Moses has been released from prison this month after spending two years behind bars for blasphemy in Indonesia. Pastor Abraham was first arrested in December 2017 after a YouTube video of him surfaced teaching about the differences between the Bible and the Koran. The video was seen as offensive. As an ex-professor […]

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