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04 January

Indonesia Bans Hardline Muslim Group FPI

The security minister of Indonesia has announced that the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was being disbanded for violating the law and disrupting peace and security.

31 December

Hindu temple demolished in Pakistan province

Another example of the failure of Pakistan to put in place the controls to limit extremism.

30 December

USCIRF Calls for Release of Ramy Kamel

Coptic activist Ramy Kamel was arrested in late 2019 by Egyptian authorities and has been held in pretrial detention since. This call for his release comes following news of his rapidly declining health.

30 December

Legal Restrictions to Religious Freedom in Brunei

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has done a series of excellent reports on specific nations and their activities on religious freedom. Here is a recent Spotlight episode on Brunei

19 December

Intolerance in India continues to grow

The failure of government leaders to condemn acts of violence on minorities has contributed to growing fears amongst faith groups.

Government officials in Shanxi’s Taiyuan city destroyed a temple’s religious books and threw them to the trash.
15 December

The Chinese government has turned up the pressure on Christians withing China

After banning anyone under 18 from even entering a church building they are now going after printed material. Books that were previously published are now being used as evidence to sentence printers and authors to long term prison sentence.

14 December

Christmas in China’s prison cells

Here is a tribute to so many in China who were paying a price this Christmas for their courage.

14 December

Boko Haram claims attack in Niger that killed dozens

Attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern spread to neighbouring countries such as Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Here is the account of a preChristmas attack in Niger

09 December

It's Time to Get Concerned About Russia

Russian persecution of religious minorities has continued to accelerate over the last year. While the evidence is abundant, the consequences have been minimal and Russia has only accelerated its persecution in recent years.

09 December

Detention of human rights defender Ramy Kamel

On 27 February 2020, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected the appeal of human rights defender Ramy Kamel and renewed his detention for an additional 15 days. The human rights defender has been detained since 23 November 2019.

08 December

Extremist Group Arrests Villagers in Syria

Although the Yazidi community had suffered immense persecution at the hands of ISIS, their safety is not assured even as people return to the area in which the once lived as other groups move and continue persecution.

Arzoo Raja, 13-year-old Christian girl in Karachi, and Ali Azhar on far right. (Photo released by Sindh government)
23 November

Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter

A high court in Pakistan has ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches age 18.

28 October

UN HRC 45 Side Event: China Bans Faith for All Children

Here is an introduction to a very important event highlighting the incredible pressure China is putting on parents and children as they continue to decimate personal rights, in this case the right to belief.

Professor Naeem Ud Din Khattak was shot dead on his way home from college in a religiously motivated attack. (Photo supplied)
06 October

Ahmadi professor shot dead in Pakistan for his faith

Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistian continues, with more deaths.

03 October

Religious freedom under assault in 'Europe's last dictatorship'

Belarus President Lukashenko makes no secret of his atheism. He has mostly refrained from overt actions against religious groups, but now there are worrying signs that his government is actively undermining the independence of religious groups.

The Snezhkov family at a protest in Gomel on September 27
03 October

Old Believers denounce illegal detention of peaceful family in Belarus

Children taken by Belarus officials after parent express personal beliefs by protesting

Members of the mob damage a home in one of the villages. Credit: CSW
29 September

Christian families from tribal communities in five villages attacked by mob

Christian families belonging to the Scheduled Tribe community located in five villages in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh had their homes ransacked and farmland and property destroyed by a large mob in attacks which took place over two days.

28 September

Genocide Should Be Bad For Business

How far Do regimes like China and Mynamar have to go before right minded people and governments make them pay a price for their cruelty?

24 September

China continues to erase the cultures of its own citizens’

The Chinese Government has embarked on a systematic and intentional campaign to rewrite the cultural heritage of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

23 September

China continues to interfere with families and with the fundamental right of children to believe

NGO's demand the U.N. pressure China to take immediate steps to ensure the right to Freedom of Religion and Belief for children in China and cease violence against children from religious faiths.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
22 September

Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws

Instead of criminalizing blasphemy, Indonesia should focus on penalizing incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence.

22 September

Pastor returns to family after years-long imprisonment in Vietnam

asdfasdfasA pastor who says that he was falsely imprisoned, tortured and beaten is coming home.

20 September

Nigeria's Government ignoring growing violence

The increasing conflict in Nigeria is directly related to the present National government’s lack of interest in extending equal protection to all of its citizens.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, Nigeria, inspects a burned church in his diocese in 2015, which has been a target of Boko Haram. COURTESY | AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
16 September

Christian persecution at all-time high, say experts at Alexandria conference

The Saints Peter and Paul Conference in Alexandria heard from speakers from all around the world,including India, China and Nigeria. They all had one thing in common, they spoke for the persecuted Christians suffering within their homelands.

Representative Image (social media)
12 September

If Dalits can be Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, why can’t they be Christians and Muslims?

Christian and Muslim Dalits have been denied benefits available to SC groups among Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. A petition challenging the discrimination has been pending in Supreme Court for years