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Rahim Akhundov, 2016 c. Rahim Akhundov [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]
18 June

AZERBAIJAN: Will fired parliamentary staffer be reinstated?

Former parliamentary staff member Rahim Akhundov, who says he was dismissed from his jobin December 2018 on the orders of the secret police because of his Christian faith, will take his suit for reinstatement to Azerbaijan's Supreme Court.

17 June

YouTube censors John Piper's audiobook, 'Coronavirus and Christ'

YouTube has censored the audiobook version of Reformed theologian John Piper's new book, Coronavirus and Christ, claiming it violated "community standards."

Iranian authorities target at least 77 Baha’is across the country in recent weeks despite the present health crisis.
11 June

Escalation in persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Iranian authorities have escalated their persecution of the Baha’is, targeting at least 77 individuals across the country in recent weeks despite the present health crisis afflicting the country.

Pastor Acharya and his family (c) Morningstarnews.org
09 June

Nepalese police arrest pastor for preaching about COVID-19

In Nepal, praying in public could mean prison time. Recently, the police arrested a pastor for allegedly spreading misinformation about Corona virus and praying for his congregation in fear of the pandemic.

AP Video Screenshot. Terrence Floyd condemns violent riots, asks for peaceful protests
02 June

George Floyd's Brother Condemns Riots: 'He Would Not Want You All to be Doing This'

George Floyd’s younger brother is begging for the violence to stop. "Do this peacefully, please," he pleaded on Monday as a crowd of grieving protesters gathered at the site where his brother died after being pinned under a police officer’s knee.

Left to right: Khalil Dehghanpour, Mohammed Vafadar, Kamal Naamanian, Hossein Kadivar.
02 June

Iranian House Church Leaders Summoned to Begin Five-Year Prison Sentences

Four Iranian Christian converts have been summoned to begin their five-year jail sentences for leading house-churches, for which they were convicted of “acting against national security.”

01 June

Nigerian Bishop Abducted by Gunmen, Christian Organization Urges Officials to Take Action

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is urging officials to take all necessary steps to see that its chairman of the Nasarawa State unit, Bishop Joseph Masin is safely released from his captors.

31 May

48 State-Run Churches Shut Down in One County in Two Weeks

Protestants in Jiangxi Province’s Yugan county have been suffering CCP’s persecution for the past few years. Attacks renewed after coronavirus lockdown was lifted.

Romina Ashrafi reportedly told police that she feared for her life if forced to return home
27 May

Outrage in Iran after girl murdered 'for eloping'

Police in Iran have arrested a man accused of murdering his 14-year-old daughter in a so-called honour killing that has sparked widespread outrage.

23 May

Ugandan Muslim Father Burns Christian Daughter

A young woman converts to Christianity during a business trip with her father, who upon hearing what happened attempted to burn her. The woman escapes, shielded by the man's sister.

18 May

GOD TV spat exposes tensions between Israel, evangelicals

An evangelical broadcaster who boasted of miraculously securing a TV license in Israel now risks being taken off the air over suspicions of trying to convert Jews to Christianity.

17 May

Iranian Christian Converts Imprisoned

Four Iranian Christian converts who were arrested in February have been sent to Lakan Prison after they were unable to afford the bail ($30,000 each) established by Branch 10 of the Revolutionary Courts.

16 May

Pastor in Nepal charged with 'Outraging Religious Feelings' and 'Proselytizing'

A pastor arrested in Nepal in March on charges of giving false information for saying prayer could heal COVID-19 was released last month – and then immediately re-arrested on new charges, sources said.

15 May

In Jerusalem, Ramadan Restrictions Last Seen During the Crusades Return

The coronavirus pandemic has done what the intervening centuries had not: largely emptying the often crowded and chaotic spaces of Islam's third holiest site, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

15 May

The Fire of Faith

There is no religious freedom in the wider Middle East region. There is instead a tyranny of the majority over the minority in all walks of life, be it the religious, political, social, cultural, or economic sphere.

Wang Yi (left) with his wife, Jiang Rong (right) (Photo: ChinaAid)
15 May

Church member advised to mind "regulations"

Authorities in Chengdu, Sichuan, introduced a state-approved pastor to house church Christian Liu Hongliang. Liu and his wife attend the often-persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church. Their pastor, Pastor Wang Yi, is in prison.

Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, has tried to stamp out any religion in the Hermit Kingdom but that hasn't stopped outside missionary groups from sending Bibles and other messages of hope in. (The Voice of the Martyrs)
14 May

North Korea 'church' doesn't look like any other but it exists: watchdog

Being a Christian in North Korea means using secretive, spylike tactics to read the Bible, facing threats of the death penalty, and circumventing propaganda with tales of believers harvesting organs, according to persecution watchdog groups.

13 May

Newborn babies, their mothers, nurses killed in terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Armed assault in a maternity section of a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least 16 people dead. Among the victims were newborn babies, their mothers and the nurses.

12 May

Muslim Gang Killed Christian Man Because He Kept 'Preaching the Gospel of Jesus' to Them

A kidnapped seminarian was murdered by a Nigerian gang leader earlier this year because he would not stop preaching the gospel to his Muslim captors, the gang leader says.

09 May

Christianity Inflicting 'Enormous Harm' on China, Warns Communist Party

A local government communications agency in China recently held a seminar to discuss with Communist Party members the "enormous harm" Christianity is to the atheist nation and identify ways to stunt its growth.

In the video, Xingguang Church attendees were seen as they attempted to block the entrance as police "officers confiscated phones and used brutal force against some Christian women as well
07 May

Violence erupts as Chinese officials raid Christian church, drag out members

Video footage from inside a Christian church in China shows officials raiding, violently dragging out members mid-service.

A wave of Islamophobic posts was unleashed on social media by right-wing Hindus, some of them employed in Gulf countries [File: P Ravikumar/Reuters]
30 April

Why Arabs are speaking out against Islamophobia in India

Anger in Gulf region as right-wing Hindus target Muslims, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' to spread coronavirus.

16 April

Christians continue to come under attack in Nigeria despite coronavirus

Several fatal attacks have taken place on Christian communities in Nigeria since the start of April even as the coronavirus spreads across the country.

Pope Francis greets faithfuls as he arrives to lead a Holy Mass at Freedom Square in Tallinn, Estonia September 25, 2018.
13 March

The Religious-Freedom Revolution

As the world has turned its attention to addressing the coronavirus, a slow but persistent revolution is underway in an area of policy that usually has flown under almost everyone's radar. That issue is international religious freedom.

29 January

China Bans Christian Funerals

Communist officials throughout China are using regulations that restrict religious freedom to also prohibit religious-themed funerals, even going so far as to arresting family members and stopping ceremonies mid-service.