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INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of

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EGYPT: Facebook Post Leads to Imprisonment

An Egyptian court has sentenced a Coptic Christian to three years in prison after he was found guilty of “insulting Islam in the first degree”. Abdo Adel Bebawy, 43, was accused in July of publishing a post on his Facebook page that insulted Islam. In

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IRAN: Pastor’s Son Receives Verdict

Ramiel Bet Tamraz and a friend have each been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for “acting against national security” by joining house churches. Judge Ahmadzadeh oversaw the hearing on 18 June and delivered the verdict on 11 July. There is likely to be an appeal,

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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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CHINA: Christians arrested in “cult” crackdown

A crackdown on “cults” in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years – after a court

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IRAN: Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences

Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017, after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each received seven-year

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TAJIKISTAN: Pastor Imprisoned for Three-Year Term

In early July, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by the Khujand City Court in Tajikistan’s Sogd Region for allegedly “singing extremist songs in church and inciting religious hatred”. Officials have threatened the pastor’s family, friends and church members with reprisals if

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CHINA: Failed Appeals

A court in China’s north-western Xinjiang denied the appeals of five Christians, condemning them to lengthy prison sentences. A Chinese court rejected the appeals of Zheng Lan, Cheng Yajie, Wang Lulu, Liu Yan, and Yang Zhaocun, Christians facing 3-5 year sentences for “gathering a crowd

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IRAN: Four More Christians Receive 10 Year Sentences

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, who have been given 10 year prison sentences for propagating house churches and promoting “Zionist Christianity”. Yousef and Mohammadreza have also been sentenced to 2 years’ exile, Yousef in

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IRAN: Four Christians Receive 10 Year Sentences

A judge in Iran has sentenced four Christians to 10 years imprisonment each for engaging in missionary activities and “conducting activities against national security.” Judge Ahmedzadeh handed down the sentences in the case involving Iranian national Nasser Navard Goltape, and Yusif Farhadov, Eldar Gurbanov and

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